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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Helmut a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I bought my sh-32 half a year ago, new and with the latest OS.The stepped filter problem people are referring to seems to be absent from mine. Am I going deaf? Don't know but I love this machine. I bought it for 259 euro but I got an extra year warranty for that. It sounds fat and it has that distinctive Roland transparancy in its sounds. I use a headphone when programming it and noticed that it has little to no noise at all in the sounds. Very clear indeed! The versatility lies in how all the parts of this machine can interact with each other and the sounds that derive from that.It is very well thought out but it takes time to find that out. I also have a Roland D-2 and can't wait to hook them up together and control the SH-32 with the D-field controller. Even though it is nearly three years on the market, for the current price it is a bargain and a must have. It delivers all the bread and butter sounds and much more. The ringmodulator in the fx-section combined with the noise section in the oscillator section can create very spooky sounds. Made some doctor Who and Tardis sounds, great stuff! Great vocal sounds too! Great guitar sounds too, especially with the arpeggiator. Together with a new D-2 I spent 458 euro for the two. Makes me wonder why an acces virus is so expensive. Just need an yamaha DX-200 and I'm happy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-06-2004 at 13:50
arcmet a professional user from usa writes:
after much consideration, i feel that many here just never understood the sh32. it is(was) marketed towards djs. this was a huge mistake by roland, and the result is the dumping of them on the current market dirt cheap. for any synth under $200 (i just got one at zzounds for $169, my second) it has no peers. the only price comparable synth is the darkstar, and the sh32 can run circles around redsounds little moogish box. this is a synth designed by synth players for synth players. and by synth, i don't mean workstation d50, m1, dx7, fantom or any of that crap. i mean a real synth, like a minimoog or an arp odyssey. you have to have grown up on actual analog synths to fully appreciate both the design and the value of this beast. the closest comparison i can make in both layout and sound is the arp odyssey. it has that trebly and brittle character of an arp, but the features make this an extremely valuable tool. i play 12-15 synths at once, and this beast has actually taken over my rig, much to the dismay of my waldorf and doepfer stuff. some caveats: 1) a manual is an absolute must. it has features buried so deep no one would ever guess. i've been playing for 20 years and i never suspected it did some things until i finally procured a manual (hence my 2nd unit purchase) 2)for roland to assume a non key playing dj could ever figure this thing out is the biggest mistake. but a mistake by roland is a boon to all of us. this synth is deep and complicated, but simultaneously very hands on. sound creation and warping is a cinch. oh, and despite what you have read (including rolands own site) it DOES have a sequencer. but think sh 101 sequencer, not an M1 style sequencer. overall, this is the coolest synth of the last five years. you'd be foolish to pass one up if you have the chance. remember when sh101's were around 90 bucks, then 600 bucks ten years later? i predict similar demand for the best invention from roland since the plasticy sh101 rolled off the production line.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-01-2004 at 14:50
Roger a part-time user from USA writes:
Yeah, I'll throw my (2) cents in:

If you have an extra 200 bucks, and are a keyboard player, the SH-32 is a no-brainer.

Yes: It has limitations. It can be a little slow under stress. It sounds different then either a VA or the real deal. Kind of has a: "Sound Blaster" quality to its deliverance.

Having said that: It also, at 200 bucks, is an undisputable bargain. 200 bucks, people. Are you paying any attention? 200 bucks....

I'm running it in a keyboard subsystem with a Triton, and a Technics SX-WSA1R; it definitely adds something extra and special to the mix. Yes, I program my own patches. Of course! Duhhhhhh!!!!

I'm going to give it it's own FX box, and REALLY beef up the sound. Sometimes, that's all it takes, as in this case.

Do I know what I'm talking about? Been playing synth since the days when Guitar Center sold the Arp Axxe and the Yamaha CS-80 as current state-of-the-art equipment. I've had hands-on moments with virtually everything made of popular vintage, from mid-1970 until about 5 years ago. We've come a long ways, baby....

Current "Negative" Owners, Please: Stop bitching. Stop whining. Just sell it, or learn how to REALLY use it. But it'll take a real commitment if you decide to keep it; deep-programming synths to an intrinsic knowledge state (yes, even with the lowly SH-32) can be hard.

Actual Keyboard Players who also program: Spend the 200 bucks; if you don't like it, you'll probably get most of your money back when you sell it on ebay, where others (maybe me....I just might buy another one) will buy it, and appreciate the hell out of it.

BTW: This unit has a one-off type of synth engine, which means that it is capable of producing sounds that NO OTHER MACHINE CAN PRODUCE, if you are willing to dig. Dig?

Bottom Line: Future collectors' item. End of story.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-01-2004 at 03:05
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i bought it when it first came out for 420.00 on sale, i cant beleive how beautiful when you multitrack it. It has a higher metalllic sound of its own that blends beautiully with a low fat toned synth(i mix it with the an 200 from yamaha) the 2 of them together go for 500.00. Id buy them again. The 2 of them together really can produce most sounds suprisingly.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-14-2004 at 09:23
Paul a part-time user from London writes:
Had this box for two years and I love it.

You can't compare its functionality with higher end instruments. I couldn't afford a virus, nordlead or andromeda let alone a big briar voyager. I could've bought a Korg MS2000 but with the money I had left over from buying the SH32 I bought a Yamaha DX200 (FM synthesis) and a Midi keyboard. Come to think of it, the Novation K station are going pretty cheap now. But it wasn't when I bought the SH32. Every time I start bottom up from d88 I come up with something new and aurally tantalising. Its so easy to use. The SH32 begs to be tweaked. Live, it holds its own for space rock amidst guitar, drums and bass and on a very different musical front makes good techno. My audiences liked what I did. Worried about the samples? I checked the waveforms out on a scope the other day and they were good up to 80 KHz (Dolphins and bats may notice). Worried about the filter stepping? You'll only hear it badly for slowish sweeps so use the envelope or LFO instead. Get the peaking filter at 24 dB/Oct on the go with the supersaws and a bit of delay with the overall level DOWN and your thoughts will not be about stepping.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-28-2004 at 09:57
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