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
January 16, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
I miss this synth :( One of the greats without a doubt!
November 11, 2012 @ 7:59 am
My personal favourite mono synth, huge bass, lovely leads and zany efx. God i miss the roland team of the 70/80's :/
I will never part with this synth!
October 23, 2012 @ 7:18 am
Giant of a synth! Just don't make em like this anymore, sonic greatness!
derd niff
September 27, 2012 @ 2:38 pm
SH-2 has the best bass sound i've ever heard before.. and i have quite a lot of synths. It wasn't until I sequenced it did I notice the true power of it (Kenton midi to cv converter). It can be super smooth/rounded out or really deep, low, and dirty.. Kinda reminds me of my MS-20 but much much better IMO.. much more stable and easier to control. The SH-2 is extremely powerful for such a tiny little synth :)
September 15, 2012 @ 8:03 am
Amazing synth. Also used by squarepusher i believe! Better than a minimoog? More versatile for me, a keeper and getting quite rare these days which unforunately means rising value
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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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