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 13, 2011 @ 6:19 pm
Does this thing output CV/Gate signals, or does it just receive them?
July 8, 2011 @ 4:57 pm
Duophonic ring mod is sick! The best! Sometimes I think of selling this as I have so many monos and modulars. But then I turn it on. And it stays.
June 27, 2011 @ 5:57 am
I love this one....
I play a lot with the ring mod letting it work in duophonic mode. The sample and hold lfo section gives you some options and dramatic outcomes that i did not see in any other synth ever... And when u finally are tired with it you just blindly change some faders and you can go on for hours again. Would have been the perfect machine if it had the filters of the sh5 included but nothing is perfect...
Does any one know how many sh7 have been produced by roland? I heard they are really rare..

January 11, 2011 @ 1:49 pm
Also the slope for the lowpass is 24db not 12. Sounds a lot like the SH-09's filter when I make baisc sounds. Earlier models have different (not neccessarily better) OSC and possibly LP filter as well. I have a 117V model that judging from the S/N was quite late. 5/5 for me. Like getting a modular all in one go.
January 11, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
Have had one for about a month. Lucky to have gotten one locally for 1000 Canadian. Big Roland filter, smooth CV interfacing.

3 OSC plus external input, and essentially 3 envelopes with the autobend. Send the autobend to the oscs, env1 to the filter and env2 to the VCA and some very powerful things start happening. Very intense massive sounds. FM the filter with OSC2 for metallic sounds.

It is great to use the sync for piano and percussion sounds. Cool having smooth or stepped S&H. Awesome ring mod.
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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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