MATRIXSYNTH: When Versatility Becomes a Burden.. // Roland SH-4D Workflow and Thoughts

Saturday, April 29, 2023

When Versatility Becomes a Burden.. // Roland SH-4D Workflow and Thoughts

video upload by Ricky Tinez

"Let's take a closer look at the Roland SH-4D synthesizer and explore its many features and capabilities. With "60-note polyphony" and a 4-part multi-timbral design (plus an additional drum machine part), the SH-4D is an incredibly versatile synth that can produce a wide range of sounds and effects. It also includes selectable synth engines from the vintage Roland family, such as the Juno 106 and the SH-101, as well as a 64-step sequencer and tons of built-in effects. -- However, as you'll see in this video, the SH-4D’s workflow can be a bit cumbersome at times, requiring you to be in many places at once and leading to some potentially time-consuming mistakes. We’ll also explore some of the other issues you might encounter when using this synth and discuss whether it’s really the best choice for your needs. -- Overall, the Roland SH-4D is a great synth for beginners or anyone looking to experiment with different sounds and styles. But if you’re looking for something more focused or specialized for a particular task, you may want to consider other options."


  1. Yeah, that's far too much power for that interface.

  2. HeavymetalGentleman5/2/23, 3:29 AM

    Sh-4D is NOT a Groovebox, it is a multitimbral Synthesizer with a simple Sequencer, just like the prophet rev 2 is not a groovebox although this is multitimbral and there is a simple sequencer.
    Using the SH-4D as synth instead as groovebox, sequenced by lets say Digitakt is awesome, because for each of the 5 Parts you get a extra LFO, 8 Knobs you can control the engine, and you can use the sh4´s internal sequencer for extra modulations, wich you can save, and / or swith it on and off.

    SH-4D + Digitakt = a cheap, superfun, small and really foolproof setup for live jamming with a lot of possibilities to improvise and interakt. Normally this is what Rickys strength are, but this time he does not see the obviously.


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