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Roland History - the Roland SH series
Roland was founded in 1972 by Ikutaro Kakehasi, Japan (prior companies: Ace (drum machines: and electronic organs) and kakehashi musen), first synthesizer: 1972 - mr kakehashis biography is available as a book from robert olsen, sh1000 (and sh2000, a bit more advanced) preset synthesizer with ADSR env and some "unconventional" parameters, not to confuse with the real preset synth sh2000, Roland SH2 (did I mention this synth sh-2 ? 2VCOs, another 1 subosc, quite typical SH with 2 ENV,
quite rare in europe: the Roland SH2
it is a very fat and big bass capable synth!
|SH2000 - Rolands first synth in 1972
and the sh1000
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SH1 - click to enlarge..
above: Roland SH1 synthesizer 1978 - click to enlarge..
below: roland SH2 synthesizer - click to enlarge..
the Roland SH-09
was a smaller version of the SH2, only one VCO and small size. nice on stage. one VCO, ENV, subosc and PWM, one LFO, but still enough for basses and stuff, it's not really a monophonic juno 6 but sort of.. looks like the sh2 but one VCO lost .. see the pic on the right..
| SH09 - a smaller sh2 but with one OSC and subosc "only":
|Roland SH3 + SH-3a
the sh3 had 2 preset-like slimmed down versions: the sh2000 and sh1000, technically they have all aboard but the controls are "missing" replace by some global parameters and some presets..
AUDIO SH-3A : you hear all 5 OSC sliders first starting with 32" after that some "fooling around" with the sh3a sh3a_demo_final.mp3 DOWNLOAD
german/deutsch zum S/H: was macht dieser s/h nun hier? also: du hast ja 2 lfos, diese können mittels s/h als quellsignale verwendert werden.die s/h schaltung hat 3 wellenformen (sägen steigend und fallend und dreieck und random) diese kann in ihrer auslesegeschwindigkeit geregelt werden und auch das level kann eingestellt werden.so bekommst du natürlich bei kleinen schritten viele stufen (kleinere) und bei weniger steps (also mehr proben pro zeiteinheit) eben feine..
diese parameter sind bei aktuellen synthesizern oft garnicht mehr einstellbar,diese stufen sind also nix anderes als das,was ein arp'er machen würde, nur kann es auch "schräger" sein,weil es ja nicht quantisiert ist !! so isses.. die letzten teile im sh3a audioschnipsel sind so entstanden..
the (1974) SH3a is a real underestimated analogue monster that allows to mix in any OSC ": find a slider for 4",8" etc. and an additional chorus for 8", so it is a "subosc in a special way", env, nice routing,lfo,s/h.. quite sh5-style-student synth ;) imo underestimated fatness! there has been a model SH3 but it's only optical and very little technical changes that makes the difference b.tween sh3 an sh3a. 12dB/oct. filter (LPF). and 2 LFOs.
| Roland SH3A synthesizer made 1974
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Roland SH101 / MC202
nice simple sequencer can hold up to 256 notes. very simple but helpful, even for live purpose.
Rolands head, mr kakehashi was always quite innovative, so roland made a compusynth that featured the sound engine of the SH101 .. or to be exact: the mc202: the CMU810 has sliders but no keyboard in a white case to be controlled externally or by computer via CV.. it is quite exotic today..
modded heavily with 7segment LED:
to be used with an Apple II Computer or a Commodore C64
very very new thing at that time, since 8bit computers were still used and Roland had the Vision to do all the music with a sound module that was brought out by Roland digital DG
note: midi was close to come but not yet ready, 1982 the CMU-800 was available through 1986. rare these days..
there are some synths in it quite like the sh101 and smaller.. for each section..
CMU 800 + Apple II Computer
on the pic (upper right) you can see the addition available sync box..
the ROLAND SH5 has a special BPF resonant filter that is not voltage controlled and a 2pole resonant multimode filter, in the mixer you can route the output of vco 1 , vco 2 ,ringmod, ext, input into the VCF, the BPF, both or directly to the VCA.. in case of the noise (white and pink) you got the chance to filter it using the fixed filter (parallel with the VCF multi). there are 2 ENVs (AR,ADSR) and 2 LFOs that range to 20hz. the good thing on this synth: it has a lot of "non-usual"-circuitry.. so its sounds are quite unique,too
the sh5 is very close to the system 100:
but of course has no "check points" or semi modular patching capabilities, but it has a great manual BPF.. it's not CV-controllable, but it sounds great.. the sys100 has 2 real ADSR whilst the Sh5 has only ADSR and AR (no AR unfortunately, so it needs to run ADSR for VCA and VCF for big basses)..
LFO speed 0,1-20Hz (both LFOs) see right below
SEE BELOW for a TRICK TO SPEED UP THE LFO to AUDIO SPEED with NO MODIFICATION AT ALL!!
a nice little SH5 song called "KliniK Room 5" (check my music site MoogulatoR .de under audio to listen to it..), roland sh-5 only directly to the mac, encoded in 128bps mp3 and no more than just playing it, no overdubs, etc.. just one take and thats it!
some schematics of the roland modulars 100 and 700 also here
HERE IS A NICE TRICK TO MAKE THE LFOs VERY VERY FAST (like the jupiter 4's LFOs)! (audio speed) with NO MODIFICATION AT ALL:
please email me, if some1 ever did a mod to the sh5!! tell me!! and how you did??
quite close to the SH5 sound. but "a bit" modular.. but,well you cannot really call it modular.. same filter and OSC sound (so have a look/ear on my SH5 track: a nice little song "KliniK Room 5", sh5 only directly to the mac, encoded in 128bps mp3 and no more than just playing it, no overdubs, etc.. just one take and thats it!)
"born in 1975" - the SH-5 synthesizer.
why the hell did they never made something like MC404 or SH404 or SH4?
hmm, maybe cool for goth wave bands? ;)
The SH7 is the flag ship of the SH Series, it is basically more like the sh5 than the others..
it has 2 complete ADSR envelopes, VCO or noise can mod the 24dB/oct. LPF filter. it has no BPF like the SH-5 but it's filter has 24 instead of 12dB/oct like the sh5 has. but it is not a multimode filter!.. the sh7 has 2 VCOs with hard sync (soft sync got lost over thos 3 years between the 1975 made sh5 and the sh-7 (1978). it was the latest model ,even after the system 100 which was the "most modular" one of the sh series (in fact the system 100 is a member of the sh-series family dynasty ;). back to the sh7: it's VCO1 has 5 Slides to control 32',16',8',4' and 2' Square Waves (quite sh-3a like..) , hardsync with autobend, sort of a mini envelope with time adjustment ("decay"). each VCO can be modulated by s/h, autobend or the LFO. yes! it's one LFO (20hz max still as the sh5, but the sh5 has 2 of them) the sample and hold is cool, like the whole sh series and sys100 it has some waves and random input, sample time and lag! so it is what s/h should be! complete! comparable to that of the arp2600..
both Envs can be triggered by LFO, keyboard or both, the vcf can be modulated by 5 sources switchable to another alternative, so it's 10 but not at the same time: env1 (pos and neg polarity), lfo, or s/h, keytrack or pedal, vco2 or noise, env follow (pos, neg polarity)
there is an envelope follower and like most sh and later rolands there is a static hpf (non vc controllable). and a ringmod. it allows vco1 and vco2 to be ringmodded or vco1 with ext. signal.
there's a noise generator with white and pink noise available ,too..
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Roland SH 7
|Roland SH7 Synthesizer
THE ROLAND MODULAR LINE
infos pics and more on the system 100 here MODULAR
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