Roland SH-1000

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SH 1000.jpg
Manufacturer Roland
Dates 1973-1981
Technical specifications
Polyphony Monophonic
Timbrality Monotimbral
Oscillator 1 VCO

1 (sine)[2]

ext_control = CV/Gate (for the vcf only)
Synthesis type Analog Subtractive

Resonance , Lowpass[3]

attenuator = 1 ADSR
Aftertouch expression No
Velocity expression No
Storage memory 10 presets
Effects None
Keyboard 37 keys

The Roland SH-1000, introduced in 1973, was the first compact synthesizer produced in Japan, and the first synthesizer produced by Roland[4]. 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.

Notable SH-1000 users[edit]


  1. ^ text., website, including all information and images, is copyrighted as a collective work and is the property of, Inc. This copyright does not supersede any copyrights that may exist for previously copyrighted images and. " - Roland : SH-1000". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  2. ^ Moogulator, Mic Irmer,. "Roland SH1000 Analog Synthesizer". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  3. ^ "Roland SH-1000". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  4. ^ Corporation, Synhouse Multimedia. "Roland SH-1000 Analog User Modifications". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  5. ^ a b c The 30 Top Instruments and Innovations of Roland’s Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017), Electronic Musician
  6. ^ synthhead (2009-03-05). "The Roland SH-1000 Analog Synthesizer". Synthtopia. Retrieved 2018-07-13.

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