Synth Site: Roland: SH-3a: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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dave c a hobbyist user from E.E.U.U writes:
this is a great analogue old synth. This is that closest thing to a moog that

roland ever made, maybe the sh5 is better but i haven't heard it... i purchased

mine used and without the top case for $70 at a pawn shop and as far as i can tell

the only thing wrong is a fried noise generator, oh well, fix that later i guess.

i have seen a cv gate patch out there and that' probably the only mod a non EE

major could perform, besides, who'd want to chop this thing up anyway. the thichest

synth you can get, if you can get one. p.s. i have a service manual and i may

one day scan it in and post it or something.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
SH3a`s seem to vary from example to example, mine is very warm and powerful despite only having one oscillator or at least one MASTER oscillator as it seems to use a cunning divide down technique to create five mixable octaves which have the option of selection of 3 different waveshapes each. This is a form of additive synthesis and gives the impression of five sync`d oscillators, there is also a sort of PWM on the 8` voice labelled &quot;chorus&quot;, the Sample and hold is weird and unorthodox to say the least, it is nice to see that there is delayed vibrato and two LFOs + the PWM LFO not found on a lot of later monos. the Portamento is flexible with the Roland Auto mode. the Filter on mine tracks the keyboard there is no control or &quot;off&quot; setting,. the filter also self oscillates in a sweet way, all in all a very un-roland like synth, I have a feeling that the filter block was changed at some stage (mine is an early one). Problems?? mine is going through the `open it up and solder up more dry joints` stage at the moment, weak points seem to be the quality of the tracking under the octave level sliders and the other slider pots` coming apart (easily fixed by bending the tabs back), the lettering on the facia scratches off easily too, the Keyboard has a good feel but the action is mechanically noisy. I have to give this synth 5 out of 5, they`re cheap, and have that old world Roland sound of the later SH5.. buy one cheap now before they become collectable, cos let`s face it, the SH3a was Rolands first Non-Preset synth and has features that even the mega SH5 doesn`t have..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
Nico a professional user from alaska us writes:
Not to be overly critical but my sh3a does not sound fat and its is about as far from a warm sounding moog as you can get....on the flip side, my sh3 gets the kraftwork style electro groove unlike anything else i have ever far as a screaming lead synth forget it, but if you are looking for a totally unique, truly bizarre analog synth capable of can and amon duul like synth modulations its the box...question: what does the growl knob do? mine does absolutely nothing....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
Omnivore a professional user from Sweden writes:
It´s just so extremely fat sounding. It´ll blow your brains out! Buy it now, now, nowwwwwwww!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
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