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
March 22, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
I also have an SH-2 with a matching CSQ-100 digital sequencer for sale in the classifieds.
March 15, 2013 @ 5:20 pm
Ernest - I am selling a Roland SH-2 in the VSE market place! There are pictures there to check out
March 14, 2013 @ 11:26 pm
Do you where can i buy roland sh2?
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February 7, 2013 @ 3:27 am
The only synth that the SH-2 should be compared to is the less powerful SH-09, it is NOTHING like the SH-101 except that it can play a few similar sounds then the 2 depart down different paths. It's the same when comparing it to the TB-303. Roland released synths that sounded sufficiently different to their others that both could coexist and compliment the other.

I've had my SH-09 since 1981 and much that I love it BUT the SH-2 is so much more diverse. The extra oscillator makes an immense difference. When new the SH-2 was almost twice the price of the 09 for good reason!
January 16, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
I miss this synth :( One of the greats without a doubt!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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