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
March 14, 2013 @ 7:41 pm
The kinds of sounds I liked to make on it when I owned it I actually make now on my Jupiter 6 which is more of a recent buy plus as added polyphony, arpeggiator and mine is Europa'd but in a lot of ways sounds very similar to the SH-7 with similar voice architecture. Very good for techno and electro. For Roland vibe I also have a Juno 60 and modularized MC-202 so for me the SH-7 became expendable in the end.
March 14, 2013 @ 7:39 pm
It's a great synth but people slag it because it doesn't have the same juice in its filter as the SH-5 or similar Rolands of the time like the SH-09 and SH-2 or the System 100s do. If you're looking for a chewy, juicy filter this isn't for you. The rest might be however. It's almost like having a modular synth in one case with many sound sources, modulation options etc. The 1A oscillator with its small additive osc tends to get used a lot and gives the synth a distinctive flavor compared to the other SH's.
March 14, 2013 @ 7:38 pm
I owned a SH-7 for about a year. I bought it locally for a nice price, sold it for double just under 2k. I don't think anyone should pay more than 2k for it. Really, the 7 and the 5 should only be a few hundred dollars more than the SH-1 or SH-2 IMHO. But it is quite rare and looks amazing.

In the end, I wanted to pare my studio down a bit and it didn't have enough character for me to keep it over other monosynths like the Korg 770, Octave Cat SRM, EML 100 and newer ones I own like the Minibrute and Minitaur. I also have a large modular of Modcan A, Serge, Euro, Blacet etc.
February 14, 2013 @ 7:26 pm
It's strange how the top of the legendary SH line is so little talked about. It's a truly a unique and great sounding machine, and in no way inferior or lesser than the SH-5 (I have both). Very punchy, cutting and soaring, with a most welcome osc sync, it's actually closer to the ARP Odyssey in many ways, also soundwise. A bit misunderstood I guess, but it's time will come, no doubt.
November 1, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
I'm the lucky owner of a mint example.
I paid about £600 for it 5 years ago so they're either not worth 4 grand yet or I got a bargain. They do seem quite rare though.

I love it. It's very flexible for a vintage synth and sounds lush.
Also like that I can run an input through the filter section.
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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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