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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Multivox MX-2000, Roland SH-2000, Roland SH-1000

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via David Kronemyer
"Recently there has been considerable controversy regarding alleged similarities between the Roland SH-1000, the Roland SH-2000 and the Multivox MX-2000. In an effort to investigate the situation further we recently set up all three at a studio where I do a lot of synth programming, electronic composition and re-mixing. The resolution of this vexing problem is they all sound completely different. Some of this of course may be due to drift in component values (we did not examine schematics or undertake a detailed circuitry inspection). Most saliently at Presets-3 the Multivox has the highly desirable "percolate," "space reed," "outer space" and "frogman" voices. Whereas the SH-2000 has the equally desirable "funny cat," "planet," "popcorn" and "singing voice." So in conclusion I would like to put a damper on internet rumors that the Multivox simply is a clone or a knock-off of the SH-2000. While they have superficial cosmetic resemblances due to the groovy-looking tabs the simple fact of the matter is they are different instruments."

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