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
Gumby Dammit
September 12, 2012 @ 2:54 am
BTW... I also have a Moog Liberation (the rare "white rhino" version) that I purchased brand new in the very early 80's. It still smells like tour bus diesel but still kicks all kinds of [beep] when it comes to raw analog synth power especially when you learn to love the pitch ribbon. I plugged it into a Marshall half stack once, busted into a Van Halen thing and I still can't see straight. Just sayin'.
Gumby Dammit
September 12, 2012 @ 2:39 am
Follow the Envelope to discover one one of the hidden gems of this instrument. Oh, and by the way... I got the impression that Bob Moog was suspicious of the 4 pole filter design which I believe was reverse engineered from one his dual OSC synth designs. You be the judge. .html
September 12, 2012 @ 1:13 am
Solstice: I'm pretty sure 'Sweet Dreams' famous bassline is an SH-2 not an OB.
It does sound kinda rich like the slightly unstable oscs of an OB-Xa but put the SH-2 through some chorus, maybe a Dimension D ...
Maybe the lead in the bridge & drones are the OB
July 17, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
That track below is fantastic, great work!
April 17, 2012 @ 6:20 pm
Track done entirely with Roland SH-2 sounds (leads, bass, drums, perc, pads) and Ableton FX:
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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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