Roland SH-2000

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The SH-2000, introduced in 1973, is Roland’s second synthesizer and is essentially a limited version of the SH-1000. Like the 1000, it is a single-oscillator monophonic analog Preset synthesizer designed to sit atop a home organ. It’s got a great old analog sound but its lack of edit-ability and connectivity compared to the SH-1000 is what ultimately holds it back from being really great. (Perhaps Roland wanted to simplify it for the target demographic at the time - churches and casual home organists.)

Below its 37-note keyboard are several colorful tab switches which are used to select any one of its 30 Preset sounds. They range from the usual to the unusual: Tuba, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Violin, Bass Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Fuzz Guitar I, Fuzz Guitar II; Piano, Harpsichord, Accordion, Vibraphone, Xylophone; Singing Voice, Song Whistle, Popcorn, Space Reed, Planet, Frog Man, Funny Cat, Growl Wow and Wind.

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Left of the keyboard are the only editable controllers available on the SH-2000. They include the filter’s cutoff, resonance and modulation sliders, LFO modulation rate, portamento, vibrato, pitch bend, volume and master tuning. The filter and LFO are severely limited and there are no ADSR envelope controls. However, the cool ‘Growl’ and ‘Wow’ effects and the Random Note Generator from the SH-1000 are here, which is nice. Amazingly, this 1973 synth has aftertouch, called the ‘Touch Effect’ which can be assigned to modulate the volume, Vibrato, pitch, ‘Wow’ and ‘Growl’ effects. A few other drawbacks to the SH-2000 is the total lack of CV/Gate for external communication and no user memory.

The SH-2000 is great for squeaky effects and growling bass notes. However the SH-1000 offers much more flexibility and a better sounding filter. The SH-2000 is used by Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim, Mighty Dub Kats), 808 State, Blondie, Human League, Mike Oldfield, and Jethro Tull.

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Ricman
February 6, 2009 @ 11:14 am
My first synth and I still have it 30 years later. With some careful mixing and effects it can do alot of things well - good bass sounds, even the french horn and other brass patches, while not of a sampler reality, can make for some very nice sounds.

I have one broken flipper and found the cheapest and easiest way to 'fix' this is to use the cap off a Bic pen and shove the pointed pocket hanger end into where the flipper goes into the switch. Piece of cake. Although I could picture some flippers maybe having a piece still stuff in the switch and this wouldn't work until you got it out of there.
knobexploit
September 10, 2008 @ 12:47 pm
Nice synth but very rude aftertouch, no gradual build up of CV signal, it has a clunky on/off signal if you push down..hmmmm no points for Roland this time. machine is heavy, great construction quality.
Has analog sounds but not as good as the SH-1000 (SH1000 has better filter resonance)
Beware, the filppers to choose presets with can break on the point where they connect to their switch pots, impossible to find replacements and using supeglue is not the best option.
 
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    Roland SH-2000 demo
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO
  • LFO - 1 LFO with Modulation amount only
  • Filter - Cutoff, resonance, modulation amount
  • VCA - Master Volume
  • Arpeg/Seq - Random Note Generator
  • Keyboard - 37 keys (w/ aftertouch)
  • Memory - 30 Preset sounds
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1973 -1981

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