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Roland SH2000 Synthesizer

Article from International Musician & Recording World, November 1975

Recently introduced to Britain through Brodr Jorgensen, the SH-2000 is a very versatile synthesizer, yet fairly simple in design.

It has thirty presets under four sections. The Wind Instruments section includes Tuba, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Oboe, Flute and Clarinet, while the String section incorporates voices for Cello, Violin, Bass Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Fuzz Guitar 1 and Fuzz Guitar 2. There's a section for Percussion and Keyboards which includes Piano, Harpsichord, Accordion, Vibraphone and Xylophone voices. The last section features effects like Singing Voices, Song Whistle, Popcorn, Space Reed, Planet, Frogman, Funny Cat, Growl Wow and Wind.

Apart from these presets, there are various controls set onto a panel at the left of the 37-note keyboard. The Touch Effect controls include volume, wow, growl, vibrato and pitch bend (up and down). There is also an overall sensitivity pot, for use in conjunction with the other touch effects.

Overall volume is controlled by a slider, as is the modulation rate, which also has a small, light-emitting diode flashing at whatever speed is selected. There are three filter control sliders — modulation, cut-off frequency and resonance which add extra dimensions to the presets.

Particularly effective is a control which selects notes at random. This can be activated either by pressing a key or by setting the switch to Auto. There is also a pitch control and a transpose switch, which raises or lowers the notes by an octave.

Most of the voices on the SH-2000 are very realistic — notably the fuzz guitars, bassoon, piano and bass guitar — and essentially, authentic reproduction of sounds is the prime factor with synthesizers. It is a little limited in comparison with the Moog or EMS synthesizers, but perhaps this is a good thing, in that it can be mastered in a short space of time. After about ten minutes with it, you become very familiar with the controls.

Retail Price £432.01

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International Musician - Nov 1975

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Review by Eamonn Percival

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