Samples from Mars has released SH5 From Mars, a multi-format sample library featuring Roland's SH-5 monosynth. Here's what they have to say:
The top line of the revolutionary Roland SH series is rarely talked about, yet it includes some of the most powerful synthesizers of all time. There's the SH-101, SH1, SH-3A, SH-7... the list goes on. And while these synths are all excellent sounding in their own right, the SH-5 is undoubtedly the King, with its huge oscillators, multimode filters, extensive modulation possibilities and a brilliant mixer at the heart of it all. In our opinion, the SH-5 is one of Roland's greatest mono synths of all time.
Produced from 1976 - 1981, the SH5 is similar to the highly sought after System 100 / 700 modular units. It's built around huge, raw analog oscillators and tough multimode filters that don't lose bass when you crank up the resonance (unlike the SH-7). There's also a resonant bandpass filter which can be used in parallel for amazing results.
Add a white / pink noise generator, ring modulation, sample and hold, semi modular LFOs, strong and weak oscillator sync, and it's no wonder this synth can cover such a wide range of territory. It's capable of everything from Human League to Hallucinogen and so much more. But genres aside, the SH-5 is a powerhouse of Roland punch, with unbeatable bass, monstrous leads and wild FX.
The SH5 we sampled is in excellent condition and tuned to near perfection (OK, the lowest octave is a little off but this actually sounded pretty cool). As with all of our synth sampling efforts, we recorded many of the patches with no processing, so that the true character of the synth could shine. For other patches, however, we went over the top with analog distortion, saturating through tubes, tape, guitar pedals, hardware EQs and analog filters, and finally through Apogee conversion. This combination of recording techniques gives the instruments the widest sonic range possible.
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