|Synthesis type||Analog Subtractive|
|Filter||1 resonant lowpass, 1 highpass|
|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.
Notable SH-1000 users
- The Human League
- The Band
- Steve Roach
- Jethro Tull
- The Rose Phantom (revideolized)
- Fad Gadget
- Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
- Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music)
- Radio Massacre International
- Tetsuya Komuro
- Noheadchicken live
- Omar Rodriguez Lopez
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