Roland SH-1000

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SH-1000
SH 1000.jpg
Manufactured by Roland
Dates 1973-1981
Technical specifications
Polyphony Monophonic
Timbrality Monotimbral
Oscillator 1 VCO
LFO 2 sine/square/sh/noise
Synthesis type Analog Subtractive
Filter 1 resonant lowpass, 1 highpass
Attenuator 1 ADSR
Aftertouch No
Velocity sensitive No
Memory 10 presets
Effects None
Input/output
Keyboard 37 keys
External control CV/Gate(for the vcf only)

The Roland SH-1000, introduced in 1973, was the first compact synthesizer produced in Japan, and the first synthesizer produced by Roland. It resembles a home organ more than a commercial synth, with coloured tabs labelled with descriptions of its presets and of the "footage" of the divide-down oscillator system used in its manually editable synthesizer section. It produced electronic sounds that many professional musicians sought after whilst being easier to obtain and transport than its western equivalents.

The synthesizer has 10 simple preset voices combined with a manually editable section which can be manually tweaked around to create new interesting sounds. No user program memory is available. Its effects include white noise generator, portamento, octave transposition, two low frequency oscillators and a random note generator.

Even with a single oscillator, it sounds like there are several thanks to the 8 sub-osc keys. The ninth is the (white or pink) noise.

The portamento (which can be tweaked) makes it sound different from equivalent synths of this period of time.

As a bass-sound synthesizer, it is fine to link it to a chorus and a sound compressor. The chorus adds a growl feature and the compressor makes the attack sound better.

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