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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Oliver Miller a professional user from México writes:
i got mine two years ago, from a salsa-jazz keyboardist who bought it new.

i just want to say that its incredible trippy synth.....i play some sort of experimental-melodic stuff, and i would say that the sh3a its the secret weapon under my arm.

the synth goes out of tune like many others i have played, but for no-specific note lines, and weird out of this world sounds does the job like nothing more.

i would like to get the manual, so if anyone there owns it, i would really aprecciate if send it to me.

bye....good trip

posted Wednesday-Oct-24-2001 at 16:55
Josh a part-time user from monterey, ca, usa writes:
I have owned an SH3a since the early 80's, when I was recording "space" music. It has a very rich, fat, warm sound associated with analog synths of that era. I have succeeded in obtaining a very deep, smooth, rich bass sound for use on reggae-style tracks, so low that you can feel it. By augmenting the SH3a with outboard effects, multitracking, and doing a following note sequence with other instruments, I have gotten various wonderful sounds. My synth has travelled with me through many states in the US, and has seen many a live gig.This is the first ever batch of info I have found on the SH3a, and like others, I'd like to find a copy of the owner's manual.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-06-2001 at 01:42
Carsten Lassen a professional user from Denmark writes:
SH 3a is a really cool Synth. I just bought one, prox 350 dollars … Not the cheapest 1974-synth, but then again it has (almost) never been used! I’m playing a sort of modern HIPPIE-ROCK, and for that purpose, the 3A is perfect! You can make some truly weird and psycodellic sounds, and if you need at techno/rave’ish-sound – you got it too. Funky Clavinet? – got it! – Cheese-organ? – got it! – etc. etc.! If you’re up to really old Genesis and really, really old Pink Floyd, this is it!

It have its very own personality – in sound – and appearance! I just love the Zizer!

Unfortunately I haven got the manual. Is there anyone who can help me with that?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-15-2001 at 10:47
Alec Duncan a part-time user from Perth, Western Australia writes:
Yeah its a really weird synth. It was the first synth I ever got to play around with, in about 1976. The owners manual was full of totally unconvincing patches imitating "real" instruments which was kind of amusing - like they hadn't worked out what a synth was really for yet. I wish I had a copy for old times sake.

I got given (free) my present SH3A in about 1984 by our drummer who had paid $100 Australian about 3 years earlier. Bargain, hey?

Great sample and hold effects. Also having the two LFO's with patchable wave forms and the patchable vibrato, growl and tremelo make for some really complex, thick string type sounds and basses. My VCA slider doesn't work however.

Also I get an annoying sort of very quiet "ghost note" behind each key press, even with everything turned down. It doesn't matter for most sounds because it gets swamped by the actual patch but it screws up anything unpitched like drum sounds etc.

If anybody knows what the cause is and how to fix it please, please email me. Ta very much.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-24-2000 at 11:04
Alex Mauer a hobbyist user from USA writes:
the Roland SH-3a wow its quite cool - i just got mine 2 weeks ago....its in perfect condition - i paid a bit much for it but its worth it - everything works and it looks nice and spacy. its the first monophonic synth i ever owned so im not sure how to compare it to others, but i know that it makes some real cool sounds. you can get some realistic timbres out of it. i got some flutes and reed sounds too. the basses i get out of it sound very similar to eachother so if thats what you're looking for its not what you want. the sample and hold is very cool. using the sample and hold i made some nice claps and snare sounds. not like drum machine types but they sound neat. i like the 5 octave sliders pretty much - i just wish that the chorus would work on more than just one of the octaves. the chorus sounds like PWM when its on a square wave. when its on the pulse waves it sounds like vibrato. ok well i think i said enough. you might should buy it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-24-1999 at 21:33
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