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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a hobbyist user writes:
Just recently got hold of this synth. At first I was A bit apprehensive about buying this as I already own an SH101. So is this synth another sound a like? When it arrived I was very surprised at how fat the osc and the warmth of the filter was. The tone of this synth is very different to the 101. I find that it does sound fatter. That does not mean to say that the 101 is a bad synth just different. They both have a place Bass and lead are it main strengths. The oscs sound thick even just 1osc has real presence. Envelope are tight very good for dance style bass. VCF and VCA share the same envelope. The filter can squeal but also can give some very very heavy kick drums again sounding warmer that the 101. The also give an excellent percussive edge to the sound which leads me on to about using the synth as a percussion generator. Using noise and filtration you can get some exact Eurhythmic analogue percussion “who’s that girl� in the verse parts. People tend to revere the SH09 they should try one of these. It too bad that they are so rare and prices are creeping up. If you get a chance to buy one of these. Then they are well worth considering as an SH09 alternative As for any cons about the SH2 then I wish that it had more exotic features rather than being a 2 osc SH09 . Osc synch really needed on a synth like this. Osc pitch with more mod options like using the envelope. I wish that Roland had made a 2 osc version of the sh1 and called that the SH2 instead. As the SH1 has more interesting architecture. You will need a midi cv converter to sequence this or if you have other cv gate synths.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-02-2009 at 17:42
a hobbyist user writes:
Just recently got hold of this synth. At first I was A bit apprehensive about buying this as I already own an SH101. So is this synth another sound a like? When it arrived I was very surprised at how fat the osc and the warmth of the filter was. The tone of this synth is very different to the 101. I find that it does sound fatter. That does not mean to say that the 101 is a bad synth just different. They both have a place Bass and lead are it main strengths. The oscs sound thick even just 1osc has real presence. Envelope are tight very good for dance style bass. VCF and VCA share the same envelope. The filter can squeal but also can give some very very heavy kick drums again sounding warmer that the 101. The also give an excellent percussive edge to the sound which leads me on to about using the synth as a percussion generator. Using noise and filtration you can get some exact Eurhythmic analogue percussion “who’s that girl� in the verse parts. People tend to revere the SH09 they should try one of these. It too bad that they are so rare and prices are creeping up. If you get a chance to buy one of these. Then they are well worth considering as an SH09 alternative As for any cons about the SH2 then I wish that it had more exotic features rather than being a 2 osc SH09 . Osc synch really needed on a synth like this. Osc pitch with more mod options like using the envelope. I wish that Roland had made a 2 osc version of the sh1 and called that the SH2 instead. As the SH1 has more interesting architecture. You will need a midi cv converter to sequence this or if you have other cv gate synths.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-02-2009 at 17:38
Liam a professional user from UK writes:
I bought this synth a while back and paid well over 600GBP. People think i'm crazy but the sounds on this are truly unique to only this synth. I love the way the filters add warmth and character unlike anyhting else, just running loops and sounds through it open even adds a real analogue vibe to cold digital recordings. If people have ever wondered the tru sound of elctro, it came from one of these. The SH09 is very weak sounding due to not having the two osc and sub osc like this beast. If you ever see one buy it up becuase they will be worth twice as much in years to come when people realize the true beauty of analog and why we love the sound so much.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-09-2009 at 18:43
ConSec a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I managed to squeeze out some fm-bell like sounds from my sh-2.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-12-2006 at 09:22
* a hobbyist user writes:
I just paid WAY too much for one of these on ebay. Regretted it as soon as I refreshed the screen and saw that I was the successful bidder. Worse still, I got it home and found that it had bad key contacts (notes sometimes retrigger when releasing keys). Anyway, aside from that, it's a good synth. I was expecting it to have a relatively boring sound with not many options (which is why I regretted bidding for it - it was an impulse!). Well it doesn't have many sound creation options, but it has a great sound. It's got a very ballsy bass end and I love the 'wide' or 'narrow' option for detuning VCO-2. Using 'narrow' gives some amazing chorus-like results. I haven't heard detuning for chorus so precise on any other synth. Also, the sub-oscillator sounds great. I really don't like the sub-osc on my Juno-6, but on the sh-2 it sounds warm and right - it fits in with the overall sound really well. The filter's not that great. Not wet enough for me, but better than the Juno.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-06-2005 at 06:12
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