MATRIXSYNTH: Roland SH-1000 synthesizer improv by Raymond Castile

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Roland SH-1000 synthesizer improv by Raymond Castile

Published on Apr 18, 2017 raycastile

"My Yamaha CS-60 is undergoing its third round of restoration (hopefully the last round). So while it's gone, I'll occupy my time getting to know this Roland SH-1000 that I recently purchased.

The SH-1000 was introduced in 1973. It was the first synthesizer produced by Roland. This is a historic synth! You can hear it in the early music of Vangelis and Mike Oldfield. It has been said that Blondie used it for the baseline in Heart of Glass, but I think that has been proven false. It's a primitive synth, but has a unique sound. I'm using a vintage Roland FV-1 foot pedal to control the filter. (It doesn't seem to work with modern pedals.) The pedal really makes it come alive.

This is my first monophonic synthesizer! Yes, I've owned nothing but polys until now. I must say, playing a mono synth takes some getting used to. I've read that audio levels on monophonic synths tend to run hot. That's definitely the case with this one. You can hear it clip and distort here and there in the video. I'll have to learn how to deal with the levels. There is an art to it. I have another mono synth on its way, so I should have plenty of opportunity to practice learning to play and mix them properly."

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