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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46 Visitor comments
scott sleigh
February 8, 2009 @ 4:12 am
I have this synth, and love it!!... very very fat basses, perfect for early synth-pop... hard electro, great leads, thick and full basses, can be a little over powering, can be very dark and cold... cheap for what its capable of... a very misunderstood synth!!
February 4, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
Was used for the "Save a Prayer" sequence.
November 27, 2008 @ 5:24 am
simply, great sound and deep bass. i have one sh-2...make the difference.
November 18, 2008 @ 9:44 am
its my favorite. i go for it more than my minimoog and i don't care what they say. even though most of the keys are broken. it's had a tough life apparently...

so gotta find some new keys. keys anyone ?

ps you gotta spend some time tuning the filter if you're that way inclined
September 11, 2008 @ 8:42 am
Well, I own one of "Z's" (comment below) SH-2s... It might be the one in those videos... Anyway, I love this synth. Mine is nicknamed "The Juice". It just brings the goodness for sure. Bass in your face, awesome leads and weird sound fx. The addition of the extra Osc, as compared to the SH-09, gives this guy a lot more character and depth. Some say the keyboards on these Roland synths from the 70s aren't cool... but I like their clunky build. This synth is perfect buddy to be controlled by a mc-202 or tb-303.
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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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