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Roland SH5


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Roland SH5

Category:  Products / synthesisers / analog synthesisers

Added: 06-Jan-99  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: ??

Roland SH5

No ideas about this unit at all..... just wanted to add these older units in, cos I like to see them all... any user comments?......

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SH5 take 1

First take of SH5 live. Kick=Linndrum+909. The Jupiter 8 does the stab sound....

SH5 take 2

Another take with the SH5...

SH5 video

SH5: main sound - Jupiter8: pad - Jupiter6: noise - Linndrum+tr909: drums ...

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Product:  Roland - SH5
Name: Peter
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Date: 07-Jan-01

Fat sounding mono synth. Great ringmodulator. Capable to produce all classic Roland sounds.

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Product:  Roland - SH5
Name: Bjoern Larsen
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Date: 17-Dec-01

Way overlooked and fairly maybe Rolands finest and most advanced monophonic analogue synthesizer. Mine is from 1976 and I think it was the same year that production started. Though its not patchable, there are lot of routing/ modulation possibilities by means of switches. The sound is, I think typical for the early Roland SH-line of synthesizers, not great but quite good (SH-1,SH7, SH-09 and SH-2). If you never have been into analogue synthesis before, the SH-5 can be a little confusing maybe, but the layout is well arranged and also typical Roland, starting with the LFOs on the left side of the panel and ending up with the envelopes on the right.

It has two LFO sources with different waveforms and separate S/H (important for making those experimental sounds), a separate pink/white noise source( an absolutely must if you are into JMR/Vangelis type of music), 2 VCOs with variable PWM, the VCOs can be synced, Ring Mod function, a healthy mixer section where you can blend the VCOs, noise, Ring Modulation and external audio input sources and also route the signals to the two different filters (or directly to the VCA). One multimode filter (LP/BP/HP and one bandpass filter. A ADSR type envelope for VCF and an AR type envelope for VCA. You also have trigger/gate in/outs for hooking it up to other pre-midi equipment. And also the modulation panel with the usual Roland bender (pitchwheel), octave range and the all important portamento (glide) controls (In the early eighties, some manufactures such as Korg forgot the glide function on their synths.) All in all a great synthesizer for everything from bass sounds, leads, effects and weird sounds. When I compare it with my little Moog Prodigy and both synts with clean waveforms (open or no filter), the Moog sound is fatter yes. But still this is a great synthesizer with a lot of potential and it can at times be a real challenge to control. A long time ago I owned a SH-09 (my first synthesizer) and though it may seem like a toy compared to the SH-5 it had the most basic synthesizer functions and much the same great sound as the other SH-models. I think the SH-5 can be difficult to spot and I you find one, the price can be quite high. But I really think it's worth 700-800USD if it is in good condition.

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Product:  Roland - SH5
Name: Peter Kuhlmann
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Date: 11-Feb-02

My father bought this synth in 1976 when I was about 10 years old. A real little gem. Quite easy to use when you get used to it. It's single voice with 2 VCO's. I remember it came with programmer sheets. The sheets where basically a diagram of the control panel and one would mark the settings of the dials and switches and go back to the sheets later on to re-program your synth to the desired sound. I remember creating sounds for hours on end with this little unit. I think MIDI came out about 2 or 3 years. It would be a great machine to sample from if your into the "analog" sounds.
He also had the RS-505 Strings board,..way too shrill sounding.

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Product:  Roland - SH5
Name: Moogulator
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Date: 07-Sep-02

well , much to say: it sounds great, find a nice sh5 only track on my site. imo its the one out of the sh series that has lots of potential, the additional BPF makes some "vocalisation" possible and you got at least a REAL s/h (not the one,that is just random on on of the lfos!) btw it has 2 lfos and s/h, you can retrigger the lfos by the s/h clock, lfo2 and ext. signals (yes!) and ringmod, the vcos and ext plus noise can be routed individually to vcf, bpf, vca or bpf and vcf (filters are in parallel!) .. softsync does interesting sounds, hardsync possible,too of course..

alternatives: system 101 & 102, a semi modular, same basic sound.. it's more close to a non modular imo, but great sounding, too.. smaller alternative: the sh3a, looks strange but has a nice feature: you can fade in the 16' to 2' seperately.. and give the 8' an extra chorus..

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Product:  Roland - SH5
Name: 0_guest
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Activity: Professional
Date: 17-Jan-03

I have had an sh-5 for about 10 years now. It is one of the most versitile monophonic synths this side of a modular Moog.

A hell of a little noise maker with two of everything, you can plan two sounds off of eachother, creating some wicked harmonization and out of sync noise.

Super high to rumbling low tones are easily generated, thanx to the dual channels both can play at once.

This thing takes years to fully understand, but is easy enough to learn that with in hours you can go off the deep end with it.

If you can find one, and like old synth tones, and aren't too pichky about playing one note at a time, get one, you will not be disapointed

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