Roland SH-1000

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The SH-1000, introduced in 1973, was the first instrument produced by Roland, and probably one of the first compact affordable keyboard synthesizers in all of Japan. It was designed to complement a home organ. Above its keyboard is a wooden sheet music stand. Organ-style colored preset selector tabs are located below the keyboard. All the extra parameter controls are located to the left of the keyboard.

The SH-1000 is a monophonic analog synth with a single oscillator feeding a lowpass filter, an ADSR envelope, and two LFOs. It features 10 Preset sounds, but they are pretty weak. Fortunately you can create your own sounds for some really great mono-synth bass, lead, percussion and FX sounds. Basic square, ramp and pulse-width waveforms are available from the oscillator and the LFOs have sine, square and sample+hold. It has a terrific ‘Growl’ and ‘Wow’ effect for a pretty scary analog sound. It also features white noise, pink noise, portamento, octave transposition and a Random Note Generator. Although there is no user memory, unique sounds can still be quickly recreated or discovered thanks to its simple interface.

It’s a dinosaur! But it’s also a classic piece of Roland history. It has been used by Vangelis, Human League, Blondie, The Band, and Jethro Tull. A little later in 1973 the SH-2000 was released with more Preset sounds (up to 30) but far less flexibility, controls and features. This may have been because the SH-1000 was a little confusing to its target demographic at the time. But today’s synthesists will love the unique sound and nostalgia of Japan’s first compact synthesizer!

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54 Visitor comments
Art
August 26, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
hi i am interested to buy ur sh2000 what is your asking price?
Paul FitzZaland
August 21, 2013 @ 5:45 pm
I'm restoring an SH-1000 which needs two or three replacement tab switches. Does anyone have some or know where to get them?
alex
August 13, 2013 @ 6:52 pm
i have a roland sh 2000 for sale, if it is suitable :)
Dave
July 11, 2013 @ 6:11 pm
I bought one in 1973, couldn't afford a Mini moog, just had it restored in Vancouver, works perfectly, still have the original case in almost near perfect condition but missing the music stand. I find it sounds awesome when put through a Leslie amp, quite a bit softer, and put the leslie on slow rotation.
Kevin M
June 21, 2013 @ 2:30 am
Hi, I'm an American living in Tokyo, Japan and recently bought an SH-1000 here. I'm moving back to the US this summer and am wondering if it's worth bringing back and selling. It's basically in good shape, but some of the presets are quieter than others or take a few toggles back and forth to get working. So I think it would need some work done, or maybe just a good cleaning? Any idea how much I could sell it for? I know there's e-bay, but I wanted to get an idea before I physically bring it back with me. Thank you for your help!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO (square, ramp and pulse-width)
  • LFO - 2 LFOs (sine, square, sample+hold)
  • Filter - 1 VCF w/ frequency and cutoff sliders (lowpass)
  • VCA - 1 ADSR envelope gen
  • Memory - 10 presets
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1973 - 1981

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