Synth Site: Roland: SH-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Disease Factory a professional user from colorado, usa writes:
does anyone out ther actually own this thing, and if so, could you compare its sound to say a jupiter 6 (mono), or say a pro one?

How cool is the highpass, and making sweeps and weird noises? and if you would happen to know where i could score one?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2000 at 03:57
james carpenter a professional user from australia writes:
Simply the best out of the sh series, the most heaviest as well. The band pass filter wears out first because most people love this function. Aside from filtering, the oscillators can go from warm to cold, leaving it turned on for 30 minitues plus does seem to help. A truly great synth in a league all of its own. Great for quirkyness- but great bass sounds and leads can be acheived.Strangely enough it emulates strings beautifully. Dont sell it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-10-2000 at 00:10
Dave a hobbyist user writes:
The filter section is incredible. Multimode VCF with LP/BP/HP and a dedicated BP filter with it's own knob for resonance. The sounds these filters produce can go from sub-basses to very resonant electronic sounding sweeps and drones. It's built into a carry case too. You just remove the other half of the case and plug it in. Why don't they make synths like this anymore? The virtual scmirtual crap has nothing on this!

I lub it.

-Dave

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-18-2000 at 05:40
David Shipman a part-timer user from New Zealand writes:
This synth is probably one of the most versatile monosynths out there... one minute I can be using it for beastly basses, the next as a processor for external sounds... the external audio input is such a blessing, especially given that you can ring-mod with it... the great thing is there's 2 of everything - LFO's, Filters, EGs... better still I picked it up for next to nothing, although I'd pay a high price for another one... none of my other gear gets as much use. If Roland were to abandon their Groove-Approved line and release an updated SH-5 (MIDI control for all parameters, LFO key sync on/off etc), I'd buy a dozen...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-03-1999 at 22:08
Arp a hobbyist user from England writes:
Probably the best of the SH-series, and sadly overshadowed by the later SH-101, the SH5 was part of the first batch of 'SH' synths, and one of the earlier Roland synths. This has ring modulators, an external audio input, and a groovy box (it looks like a proper synthesizer, angled panel, chrome surfaces and all). Because of it's semi-obscurity it often sells for much less than its true worth, which is a good thing if you want a useful, nice-sounding analogue monosynth.

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