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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Alaion H. a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Update on my review below... I am using version 1.06 of the software, by the way. I will probably sell my SH-32 soon because I discovered an anoying flaw with this synth: it's not fast enough! I wanted to program a synth brass sound modeled on a patch on the MS2000R. I managed to replicate the patch faithfully on the Roland, but when I play more than two notes at a time and play stacato style, the attack on the filter envelope doesn't follow smoothly my playing.

I will definitly buy the MS2000R and sell my Roland SH32. Why? Because the Korg sounds cleaner, less muddy, and it is capable of following my real-time tweeks with accuracy. The only thing going for the Roland for anyone looking to buy one, is the polyphony and the effects, as I said before...

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-09-2002 at 21:44
Alain H. a hobbyist user from canada writes:
I own this little box for a few months now, and at first I really liked it, imagine 32 voice polyphony and killer effects! But I recently rented the korg MS2000R for a month to compare the two. First off, the SH32 is NOT an Analog Modeling synth, it uses digital waveforms. Secondly, the filter doesn't sound very good when you tweak the filter cutoff frequency in real-time (the analog-to-digital converters for all the potentiometers is not fast enough). And the unit has to boost the low-end frequencies in order to attempt to sound fat, and it fails.

Compared to the MS2000R, it comes close but not quite there, but the SH32 is less expensive and has better effects (more tweakable)and lots more voices. It's a shame that Korg gave us only 4 voices and a mere 3 effects not very much configurable, but the sound quality is really good since IT IS an Analog Modeling synth!

Finally, I won't sell my SH32 even though it has lost a bit of it's shine from the first days I bought it, but I will probably buy the Korg MS2000R I am renting also to satisfy my need to be able to tweak in real-time with complete and immediate control!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-03-2002 at 13:34
nermin a part-time user from usa writes:
I have already submited a review for this synth and at the time I realy liked it and i gave it big props but as I was playing with it for two months i started developing a major dislike for this wanna be VA and I think this is not a real VA but just a sampled wave forms couse when you try to do some live slider and filter movemements in real time you start to see that there is no sound flexibility and it jumps all over the place Therefore its very unplayable in my opinion.

And the soundvise I think its not deap at all even with the chord and arpegio features and it has the worst filter i have heard so far.For exeperimental music i think its a comleate sheese and only good stuf is the drum kits and even those are unusable in playing live becouse there is only two user kits.IT reminds me so much of mc 303 sound vize it just has more sounds and features.Efects are cool but useles to me

So what I did was I exchanged it for ea1 electribe and i made a realy good decision by doing that couse the sound is so much more playabe and real compared to sh.

All in all i think I am through with rolands new stuff couse they just wanna sell out and they have become very unoriginal.80's for roland were golden becouse they made stuff that was very experimental like 808,909 or their analog synths wich became famous by accident and thats the only era i respect about roland but now its just them trying to make money and thats it so I dont think they care about us any more.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-May-31-2002 at 22:07
Velrio a professional user from USA writes:
Wow I have been playing with this box since last night and now it's 7 a.m. The sound is such a classic Roland. I thought it was more for techno and trance, but I am wrong. I could make my D&B and ambient sound from this box in no time. The variation of waveforms is a gem. All other VA synths should have it. Have I mentioned the programmable arpeggiator and MIDI sync LFO and FX? I never feel like my money is so well spent in years. Good job, Roland.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-01-2002 at 19:55
gabrieeealan from Texas writes:
I've had my sh-32 for a month. I love it. I never owned a virtual analog or analog synth before, but I quickly got up to speed on programming new patches. I'm finding it really inspiring and fun to program this thing. It can growl and sound feedbacky. It can meow and purr. It's not hard at all to tweek it all over the place.

I was sorta dissappointed with Future Music's somewhat lackluster review of it (probably because I love it so much). The bottom line for me was that I didn't want to pay more than $500 for a synth. So I didn't...and I still ended up extreemly happy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-22-2002 at 13:54
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