Roland SH-1

Roland SH-1

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SH-1, Analog Synth from Roland.

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Roland SH-1 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: SH-1
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 08/25/2006

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Roland SH-1 user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 2 reviews )
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland SH-1
Level features I let you discover by clicking on the image, everything is there.
But what about except that it is comprehensive for the time, a "little" synth.
Some might find the lack of an arpeggiator or other but no, it is to miss.


A number of Roland synths of the time this one donct (1978 here) operate by 15v at the gate so choose your interface midi / cv office, it must be able to provide.

This is an analog pure butter, no mysteries everything is under your fingers, tip top!
There's a nice manual with illustrated examples of kitsch sounds good, it is found on the net.

This type of synth that I would not hesitate to take every day in concert, it's solid.


The sound is very good, how did he would not with a resonant low pass filter + a hi-pass as well as its auto-adjustable bend, the random delay and the LFO, the knob and fader corresponding a mixer, a white noise pink noise + also please?
Despite its low oscillator alone are powerful, full, round.
Thank you to suboscillateur adjustable.

The filter is nice, a little dirty but in audio as it should, though! Like many there is a 24 dB loss level in the resonance amount.

You want a autowah to filter your guitar or percussion loops, your voice?
He knows how ... quiet: audio envelope follower with adjustable. (+ Fader input level sensitivity ... Waah Byzantium this "not so small" mono after all.)
I was a fan of the pulse width (adjustable in three ways) that sounded FAT!
Also the attack of the envelope is fast (2 covers LFO modulation), that you ask for?

I could find a more elegant word, but not ... this synth is couillu!
With the hi-pass, however, the fine is his field, is not it beautiful?

It is unknown from the SH101, which made him a card later.
It is rare or very rare in our country but still it is more interesting to me in his / synthesis than the 101.

He has quite a place in a modern set.
His sound enough to provide for them some VA or digital I know (keyboard, waldorf, korg) in some areas.

I recorded some sounds if you want to hear, there are waves raw. WAV sampler also: 20synth%%% e9s/Roland 20SH1 /


I had some analog synths, digital and VA, I must say I am more sensitive to the sound of old analog grandpa (for contemporary music, of course!), So it suited me very well.
I sold shortly after for unknown reasons (I regret a little. Sniff! It's mine on the picture).

Consider if you are considering buying a SH101 example, it is not more expensive or less, better construction, more powerful and original.

I do not redeem it, not because it is not good, however.
I just changed my approach to music.

system808's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good for low fat good"

Roland SH-1
It is full of buttons and sliders out of sight, the amateur ergonomic analog enjoy. it gives the creative desire to see all these things to touch!

CV / GATE IN and OUT, that offered little synths.

my serial number (late model) would imply that I have a filter different from those produced in a first time.


Edition of its "on Roland's 70". Very cool mix the audio CSO / SUBOSC / NOISE / EXT.SIGN, we can achieve a lot of textures with it.

The sliders do not have a very fine tactile response, they are downright cheap and very accurate. The rotary knobs are doing much better, plus they have a charming vintage look pretty cute ...


The sound of the oscillator is beautiful, though now much fat, especially in the bass, it's easy to sub-bass through the sub-oscillator that can mix with the main oscillator. On this side it has nothing to envy to a minimoog (if not an oscillator more!)

As against the filter (with the serial number) is less enticing self-oscillation, it gets loud and hard to control. Echoing a little more moderate one arrives to make a "liquid" and "acid" quite successful with a good terrain and good meaty material well.
But above all without any resonance in the bass synth that explodes, you get a punch in the stomach feeling greasy power worthy of a MS-20, a Minimoog or Arp Odyssey.


Nice to play the keyboard by controlling expanders analog CV / Gate.
Bassline oriented, but very complete. Will also be a saw-tooth "cheesy" high-pitched (gangsta style hip hop).

More presence and power that a SH-101, wilder, too.

I do not regret it, it provides good musical emotions.

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