Roland SH-2

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The SH-2 is one of Rolands' early synthesizers. It is very simple in design, look and function. It sounds much like the SH-101 synth, including the typical SH-style sub-oscillator. But the SH-2 employed 2 oscillators for a much fatter sound. It has the typical Roland SH sound - it's a monophonic bass synth that's flexible enough to provoke punchy analog basses, leads and squelchy sounds. The oscillators can be de-tuned as well, another feature the popular SH-101 lacks. But it isn't very pretty to look at as it shares the same design and layout as the SH09. Still it makes a simple and easily programmable mono-synth that can be used in place of the more common SH-101. However the SH-2 is harder to find and so it usually has a higher price than other SH-type synthesizers from Roland. It has been used by Duran Duran, Groove Corporation, Eat Static, OMD, Men Without Hats, and the Eurythmics.

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47 Visitor comments
August 3, 2014 @ 4:29 am
looking to purchase a Roland SH-2 in good condition (240v)
in Brooklyn, NY. Thanks.
40 Thieves
February 5, 2014 @ 1:18 am
This synth is the $#!†. I'm droppin' the most thunderous yet clean sub bass lines ever. If you wanna make some old school 90's gangsta rap, this board got that "Funky Worm" sound from the Ohio Players that so many classics like Dre, Brotha Lynch and Master P emulated in the early 90's. Just put the portamento up a lil', set the oscillators high, 1 sine and 2 PWM max, descend the oscillator mixer from the top, bring the cut off slightly lower than resonance at about 5, keyboard slider all the way up ... ok it's not that easy but that's all the fun. One of the most versatile monos out there.
Yngve B
September 26, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
I used to long-term-borrow a SH-09, I loved it sincerely. I have, however, always wanted a SH-2. Not even the Moog Little Phatty gives me that strange feeling when I play it. ( I don't know if anyone understands what I mean by that..)
Two months ago I had to give the 09 back to its owner. Sad, but necessary. The other day, though, my search for the synth in my dreams suddenly gave results!! I have tried these synths a few times, and I am prod to announce that: Next week, My Very Own SH-2 Arrives In The Mail! And with correct voltage, too! (230V)
May 2, 2013 @ 4:24 pm
It amazes me the 101 is somewhat more sought after than the Sh2. The 101 was cheap folks that's why it was adopted by the electronic community back in the day. Sh2 knocks its socks off in every way, beautiful bass, zany effects, lovely leads. Built like a tank!
April 28, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
Animal Collective used one too. see,_Spirit_They%27ve_Vanished
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's + 1 Sub oscillator (waveforms: pulse, square, sawtooth, sine, noise)
  • Memory - None
  • Effects - LFO with sine, square and Sample & Hold; Auto-Bend
  • Filter - Resonant, self-oscillating 24dB lowpass filter, mod by EG, lfo and kybd tracking. External audio input
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1978 - 1979

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