Synth Site: roland: SH-32: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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flatEric a hobbyist user from usa writes:
hello, currently borrowing this unit from a friend, and i for one find this to be among the best portable live VA synths around today. (all it needs is a little battery compartment like the mc-202) like any VA, it's response is not as fast as true analog. other than that, the sound is VERY flexible. you can get great thin/chilly or warm/fat sounds out of this little box, just takes a little patience. drum kits aren't exactly 808/909 clones as some sites claim(not a bad thing necessarily) Overall, this unit is best suited for trance arp lines, or house/drum n bass subsonic noises. I especially like the Chord select feature, which lets you play diff chord types with the press of a button.

anyone know where i can find a pdf manual? the Roland corp site doesn't even have it yet...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-10-2002 at 02:11
Beken One from USA writes:
come on. SH-32: 2 OSC and subs and the typical features...but it has a Pitch EG (which is Yamaha standard),the Roland reputation,timesynced EFX,32 NOTE!!!,4 stack UNISON. A/K stations: most of the same features as above,no pitch EG,construction's like a toy(except the Wheels),1 midi channel...but stackable(8note).

Ive played with both..the Novations sound nice,cost more but the Roland gives your more and cheaper.....both have STATIC routing of Parallel filters.

the VIRUS is a TRUE TWEEKER...patching like a Korg Prophecy...cost more but worth it.

posted Friday-Mar-08-2002 at 01:33
bbtheory a professional user from USA writes:
I picked one of these up from G.C. to check out because it seems to be a synth that is causing a lot of noise in the market. Many people seem to hate it simply because of the sample based architecture. I really like the sound and interface of this synth a lot, and I will definitely hold onto it for a while. Like others here I think this synth is downright fun to program. The envelope sliders for the OSC, Filter, and AMP (of course) are much nicer than knobs giving you a graphic representation of the envelope setups. The variations on the oscillator samples are nice and helpful if you want a harsher or smoother sound. The filter sounds good, and I even think the unit can do some very cool pads, which others here seem to think is a downside. One of the first patches I programmed is a sort of whiny bagpipe-organ sound, and I love it. Overall, this is simply a fantastic synth. It has a nice sound, great interface, and much of what VA synthesists want at a great price!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 18:12
mago a part-time user from USA writes:
It's definitely fun to program - though the 4-part multitimbrality isn't much good with only a stereo pair of outputs : (

It's also very much a one-trick-pony, as itabuna pointed out - cool for bass and leads, yet sorely lacking in the pad / organ / strings dept...

The RedSound Darkstar is a much better all around bang-for-the-buck, stacks up evenly spec-wise, and is less than half the price of the SH-32.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 17:30
itabuna a part-time user from U.S.A. writes:
This is a great little synth. Unlike some other similar desktop synths, this one has 32 note polyphony and is 4-part multitimbral, which was an important purchase consideration.

I think that the important point of the SH-32 is that it's fun to program. The interface, knobs, and sliders make creating your own patches fun -- and *that* is what is really great about it. My only criticism is that the presets lack some of the more organic string & brass sounds. The presets fit a groovebox more than a multi-purpose desktop synth. Still, it sounds great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-06-2002 at 17:09
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