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
kane ian
March 20, 2012 @ 3:25 pm
i own one of these, it has a really fat vintage sound. an amazing piece of gear.
Jazz Master
March 17, 2012 @ 11:28 pm
EST. VALUE: $800- 1,000 USD

NOT $500!!!
Reed
February 15, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
I'd trade my rhodes 73 mk1, plus or minus some cash. email me if you're interested: reed@4st8.com
Smoinync
October 21, 2011 @ 11:35 pm
No matter what they say about how awesome sh2 is compared to 101, i found myself often go for 101. Sh2 may be great but sh101 is more reliable.
gooch
July 30, 2011 @ 2:56 am
I just found one for $125 in an Op shop in Greensborough - Melbourne. Am absolutely loving it. Just what I've been after for smooth phat analogue bass grooves.
 
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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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