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Roland | SH-1


Among the first of Roland's revolutionary SH line of synthesizers that spawned such classics as the SH-101, SH-09 and SH-7! The SH-1 analog monophonic synthesizer is by no means any less powerful or sophisticated. Its overall look, design and architecture is very similar to the SH-101. One VCO plus one sub-oscillator provide you with simple but great analog basses, leads and effects - Roland SH style! The VCO can be tuned over a 5 octave range (2', 4', 8', 16', 32') with saw, square and pulse waveforms.

A squelchy VCF (filter) section, plenty of LFO modulation capabilities and an Auto-bend portamento type effect are also at your fingertips. The VCF, VCA and LFO sections have adequate and flexible controls and can modulate or affect each other in some way just as on the other similar SH-type synths. However the SH-1 does not feature an on-board sequencer or arpeggiator. The SH-1 sounds pretty good and makes a nice alternative to the more popular and plastic SH-101.

Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
LFO1 Modulator (sine, square, random) with rate and delay controls; Can modulate VCO, Envelope 1, Envelope 2, VCF
Engine Detailed1 VCO (saw, sqr, pulse) + sub-oscillator
Filter (VCF)Hi-pass filter and a Low-pass with resonance, cutoff; modulated by Envelope 1, LFO, KYBD, envelope follower
Envelope (VCA)Envelope 1: ADSR, Envelope 2: AR
Key typeKeys
CV-gateCV/Gate, Trigger output
Produced:1978 - 1978
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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