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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Robin a part-time user from US writes:
A lot of people seem to dislike this machine because its not analogue enough. However, this machine's fatal flaw is that it tries to be to analogue (and fails quite a bit). What I mean is that there are some brilliant analogue TYPE synths (like the waldorf stuff) that doesn't sound particularly analogue but what it lacks in THAT type of sound it makes up in other interesting ways (fm, wavetables, huge modulation matrix et cetera)

Then Juno 106 was very popular not because it had a lot of features but because its sound was simply incredible. Unfortunatley, there doesn't seem to be the technology around yet to make digital synths that interesting if they are as simple as the Juno 106 was, and there doesn't seem to be much to the SH-32.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 20:32
Gamera a part-time user writes:
I was browsing throught all the demos of synths on Synthsite and I have to say SH-32 (which I own) is one of the synths with most interesting user sound demos. Not to say which one is better than which, but since SH-32 takes hits so much from being a fake analog, the demos I listened to from A6 users aren't even as remotely interesting as the SH-32's. Obviously, besides taste, it's about how deep you know about your synths. You can produce boring sounds from a real analog and you can produce really more interesting sounds than real analog if you are good enough. Now I am gonna go practise programming my SH-32.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-01-2002 at 17:35
a hobbyist user from Chicago writes:
Roland has put out so much crap lately. The first time I saw the (SH)32 I knew it would sound nothing like the originals, (obvisouly). But the Sh32 synth is actually pretty cool, considering the size and money. Its not the best sounding synth but it has some of that magic that most only the older Roland gear has. I'm not really into trance but if I would of bought this by now. The sounds and appregios and Chord function is incredible for thoose trancey melodys. Finally some fresh new sounds Roland came out with for this box, the sounds remind me of an fatter mc505 making love to the Jp8080/8000 and their kid would be a Sh32. Im not going to buy one at least not yet but If you are considering it, go ahead it does a lot of cool things and you could synthesize some fine sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-30-2002 at 23:37
Rob Bennis a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Well i own a Sh-32 since a week. And i love it! I can do alomst all the things that i wanted on a synth are onbaord. And he's very small en light. You can create your own arpeggios that very nice! I made an demo:

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-29-2002 at 05:22
Grant Overend a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
After reading some fairly scathing reviews (as well as bingo's good words) I thought I'd try it out. Summary. I really like it. I was impressed with it's flexibility and sound. I was easily able to stroke everything from big analog basses to lush pads and clear bell tones out of it. I really like the potentential behind the arpeggiator which is excellent for techno/electronica. Nice analog style sound. Nice filters. I have a Korg MS2000 which I really like however the filters are !$@#%ing shite! I REALLY don't know what the hell they were thinking there. It's really difficult coaxing nice sounds using the filter out of it. SH-32 seems to have no problem in this department. Big thumbs up. Nice and easy to use. I had it working in no time (without a keyboard) I love the features on it. Those sliders are much more useful than just plain knobs. Polyphony! God it'd be such a relief to have 32 voices rather than 4 (MS2000). FX seemed nice. I liked the reverb a lot. Price is pretty good! Oh it also looks excellent. The layout is very nice. Oh it's size. It's sooo small and cute :) Unlike my MS2000.

My only beefs. This maybe fixed with OS updates??? The limits with the use of Ring Mod/Sync/Sub Oscillator/PWM. You can only use one of these FX per voice at a time. So no combinations of PWM on square waves into Ring Mod :( Seem a bit silly. Surely they could have made an option to trade off to lose a few voices in polyphony for access to these combined features which would pack a hell of a lot grunt into this little box. The LED's for OSC's 1&2, LFO's 1&2. When you select either one it flashes to indicate which is selected. It's kinda confusing would have been made more obvious by using an LED that changed colour from red to green when you made your selection. Hardly much of a gripe though. Overall I really loved it. It's the combination of a) Sound (very nice at that) b) Features (most of the things you want on an analog synth) c) Voices 32!! Woohoo d) FX, that make me think I'm going to save up for one of these puppies.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-23-2002 at 08:25
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