MATRIXSYNTH: Roland SH-2 Analog Synthesizer Demo

Monday, September 13, 2021

Roland SH-2 Analog Synthesizer Demo

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"This synthesizer is really special to me. When i got into all this stuff 6 years back it mostly came from listening to music such as YMO and related acts and albums and the sounds of mid to late 70s synthesizers had infected my brain! The roland SH-2 appears to recently have had been given the knod by a few popular synth youtube personalities which i was happy to see. 6 years back when i was researching instruments to take me to these sounds it was much more common to see SH-09s and SH-101s and you rarely ran into the SH-2. Now they appear to be for sale everyday although prices on everything have exploded. I am of the opinion having played all three that the SH-2 is the king of the smaller SH synthesizers. while not a must for excellent mono synth tones the dual VCO's change the entire feel beyond what a simple sub osc can provide with a single VCO. It seems roland did not manufacture these for more than a few years but they are everywhere online. You really should grab one! The filter is very wet and self oscillates in such a pleasing way, The sine wave provides deep basses and the PWM with dual VCO is very lush. This synthesizer is very powerful on all fronts except maybe modulation potential. Here are some of the specs below

2 VCO's + 1 Sub oscillator (waveforms: pulse, square, sawtooth, sine, noise)
LFO with sine, square and Sample & Hold; Auto-Bend
Resonant, self-oscillating 24dB lowpass filter(four OTA-stages with selected BA662 with FET transistors as Buffers), mod by EG, lfo and kybd tracking. External audio input
CV / Gate
This video is my first attempt to offer an audio demonstration of some of the different sounds you can get out of these synthesizers. Apologies for my arm in the shot and the watermark. I was testing software and am still getting used to making videos!"

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