Roland SH-7

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A very flexible oldie from Roland. Standard SH sound with lots more creative control and tweak-ability! The VCO's are a little different than traditional SH synths, they are syncable! There's also a mixer for all the audio signals which can be distorted for brash techno sounds. It's fun and easy to use but very powerful and perfect for screamin' techno sounds and effects! It features many new functions like an external audio input, a ring modulator, syncable VCO's, more waveform shapes, white/pink noise generators and sample+hold. It has been used by INXS.

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31 Visitor comments
July 8, 2010 @ 11:38 am
This was my first synth. I bought one of these when it first came out. They were $1,800 but got it for $800 from GC in Chicago. I never liked it. Didn't like the keybed or capabilities. 'Course I really wanted a Mini Moog, Prophet 5, and OBXa, none of which I could really affford. Still, it got my feet wet. Sold it six months later for what I paid for it. Might be fun to have today, though. I've seen them for sale on eBay for thousands. That's a little crazy.
DJ P. Sangliria
May 18, 2010 @ 5:05 pm
I own one of these. It can snarl but it can croon too. Diabolical and heavenly all in one piece of machinery that most likely will outlive myself. And it was last assembled the year I was born! Any other users out there?
Nev Smith
March 21, 2010 @ 6:12 am
A great synth when it first came out. Yamaha didn't have anything like it at the time. The oscillators were awesome and the range of control was great. I was working in a music store at the time and I was the one who sold the SH-7 to INXS.
January 3, 2010 @ 3:36 am
played with one of these at a shop today, man oh man, it sounded so sick! so much fun. so much character! so many moments when its own mind took over my control while moving a slider and i just had to stop and enjoy the crazy pulses it was making. it wasn't broken, just seriously alive. no virtual analog could do that! wish it wasn't $1,899 at the shop, haha, oh well.
Analogue Crazy
September 19, 2009 @ 6:36 am
The SH7 deserved to be more popular, it harnessed a lot of SH power into a extremely usuable and useful duophonic design. Unfortunatly it was practically ignored in favour of new Polyphonivc Synths such as the P5 and the Release of Roland's own 'affordable' Jupiter-4 made the SH7 seem a little redundant.

Fantastic machine though, one of Roland's best kept sectrets in the world of Analogue Synthesis.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Duophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's (square, triangle, ramp and PWM)
  • LFO - One LFO w/ saw, square, sine waveforms + speed and delay control
  • Filter - 12dB/oct HiPass and LowPass filters w/ resonance and modulation sources from LFO, S/H, VCO2, or envelope follower
  • VCA - 2 ADSR Envelope generators
  • Extra Fun - Ring Mod, white or pink noise Gen, External Audio Input to filter or ring mod, sample+hold
  • Keyboard - 44 keys
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1978 - 1981

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