Synth Site: roland: SH-32: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a part-time user from USA writes:
The more I use it the more I realize what it's best at. If you're looking for those Nintendo 8-bit Gameboy sounds or the old Commodore 64 lo-fi sounds (Elektron Sidstation) than the SH-32 is like a slightly more hi-fi version of those classic video game tones. The arpeggiator is perfect for this. The drums are as well with a little tweeking of each individual sample.

It just doesn't have the complexity in terms of sound and control of more expensive Virtual Analogs. But for those old school video game sounds, it is an almost perfect, all-in-one box.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-23-2003 at 13:19
Rix a professional user writes:
name one other synth in this price range that offers the same.... i'm very happy with what i get for this relative low price and i guess a lot of other producers will be too: sounds are okay as well as the features. the sh-32 will give you a lot of pleasure as long as you don't start comparing it to your Nord, Waldorf or other pro synth. maybe you should just see it more as an soundmodule with al lot of extra synth features than a complete virtual analog synth. i'm sure that all the negative reviews are from people that don't own the machine and/or just hate the roland groove-concept.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-17-2003 at 06:54
a hobbyist user from USA writes:
It's sound is very hard and in your face. Blunt sounding, a bit one-dimensional, not too much detail or complexity. This can be ideal for certain sounds (industrial, idm, jungle, dnb). Feature-packed, but more of a jack-of-all-trades, it doesn't have very in-depth parameters in the sound shaping section. Lots of interesting effects though. Overall sound quality is harder than the MS2000 and less detailed and complex than the Ion. ZZounds has them for $250 new, I got a demo unit for $140.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-06-2003 at 02:24
moparzack a part-time user from USA writes:
I like the filter stepping! Actually, I've been hoping someone would design a filter with different gradations of stepping. It really would open up a lot of sonic possibilities. Which leads me to my main point...Quirks is good! Take the quirks, bend them to your will, and make them YOUR signature. About the filters overloading the output; what's that "Level" button for on the front panel? The thing I wish they had added to this box is a digital signal output. Why have all of the internal processing done digitally and then only spit out an analog signal? I mean it's still quiet, but haven't Roland heard of Toslink connectors? You can get these for around $250 USD as of 11/2003 and at that price they're a steal. Go get you some quirks!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 22:16
ELEKTROZ a professional user from Canada writes:
This little unit is a dangerous piece of gear in the right hands. Tip: if you wanna smooth out the stepping filter turn bass boost off (with the sub osc you don't need it anyways). If your into that vintage Roland sound (who isn't?) this can emulate all the classics (juno, jupiter, sh-09, sh-101, etc). On top of the synths, you have some great classic drum tones, add some f/x (which are wicked btw) and you can do some real damage.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-02-2003 at 10:10
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