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
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October 10, 2012 @ 2:41 pm reference to the SH7 being a turkey - not that I agree, never had the opportunity to play one.
September 23, 2012 @ 4:57 am
There are several good demo videos on YouTube for the SH5 and SH7 (meaning not recorded using the camcorder mike.) As for SOS magazine, neither synth comes up under search, so there are not even any "Not on site" articles, let alone ones that could be read. Unless "ben" is referring to an old back issue which he might happen to have in his possession, it would be nigh on impossible to read. Even local libraries and interlibrary loan rarely have issues of SOS available, if at all. SH5s are going for Minimoog Voyager prices on eBay. An SH7 would probably top 4 grand these days.
June 23, 2012 @ 4:07 pm
read this in Sound on Sound in a retroreview on the SH7:

"The SH7 was the most complex integrated monosynth ever produced by the company. It offered duophony and plenty of synthesis features, but it was a turkey. For some reason, it sounded thin and uninspiring."

I've never heard one myself but always assumed these would be nice sounding?
January 22, 2012 @ 1:08 am
Who the hell are Beatels?
Anyway, amazing looking synth. I have heard a Roland system 100 and it blew me away, so if the Sh7 sounds anything like it then wow!
December 14, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
I got mine in Tucson, AZ in the fall of '79. Wonderful machine. I added a CSQ-100 sequencer and a TEAC A2340SX 4 trac tape machine. I've kept them in perfect condition, they still work great and have been enjoying all ever since.

Keep Making Noise!
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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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