MATRIXSYNTH: 1974 Roland SH-1000 Vintage Analog Synthesizer

Thursday, October 10, 2019

1974 Roland SH-1000 Vintage Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Up for sale, a 1974 Roland SH-1000 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1973, the SH-1000 was the first ever synthesizer produced by Roland, and the first compact synthesizer available to the Japanese market. Designed to complement a home organ, the SH-1000 retains organ-style features such as colored preset selector tabs and a wooden sheet music stand, however the parameter controls to the left of the keyboard indicate this is no ordinary hymn machine.

The SH-1000 is a monophonic analog synth with a single oscillator feeding a low pass filter, an ADSR envelope, and two LFOs. Featuring 10 presets, this synthesizer also has the ability to create your own sounds, great for warm mono-synth bass lines, ripping leads, percussion and nuanced eerie sound effects. Basic square, ramp, and pulse-width waveforms are available from the oscillator, and the LFOs have sine, square, and sample hold options. It has a terrific Growl and Wow effect for creepy vintage horror feels, and also features white noise, pink noise, portamento, octave transposition, and a Random Note Generator. Although there is no user memory, unique sounds can still be quickly recreated or discovered thanks to its simple interface.

A classic piece of Roland history, the SH-1000 model has been used by Blondie and The Band, and this example is extremely clean cosmetically, having been freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. The natural wood enclosure shows only minor scuffs and faint edge wear, all colored tabs engage as they should, and all knobs, sliders, and switches function as intended."

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