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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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YodaSong a professional user from USA writes:
I bought the SH-1000 twice. First back in the mid seventies (not too long after it came out), and again several years ago, after having woefully traded it in in the mid eighties.

Thing is, yes... it has but one voice (no polyphony), and is a one ocillator device. But the singing filter will self-ocillate, the white & pink noise will wail, and if you do some creative use of random glissando self-ocillation, you come up with such a sweet chirp that I wound up having to have it again! And did I get LUCKY! I found one in pristine condition WITH a Roland hard shell case (who knew?) for $100.00!! I laughed gleefully all the way home. Now, when I have one of those occasions when I need something utterly unique and warm that involves manual real-time tweaking of a synth going through something like my old MXR-Digital Delay (which *also* does crazy things with realtime tweaking), I am in aural heaven.

Half of it is presets. They are quite unreal or unauthentic compared to what you can get now, but a couple of them have been very usable for me... they being flute (which is obviously meant to be a flute, though also obviously analog synthesized... but oh, so warmly and playably) and oboe (same story as flute). Well, hey... tuba, too. There's no doubt what it is emulating at all. This is a nitch synth, and if like flexibility in your sound arsenal, this sucker will top you off very nicely when it comes to its nitch.

The filter sliders on my old one got noisey (OK on the "new one"), but dust isn't good for it, so keeping it covered when not in use isn't a bad idea.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-13-2000 at 08:26
Frank de Jong (NARecordings) a professional user from The Netherlands writes:
Oh man.. I LOVE this synthesizer.. it really really really rox

I have never ever ever heard anything that gives such phat azz sounds as

this baby.. I am buying it right now form a friend of mine

ir has a bit of a fucked up cutoff knob, but that should be easy to fix

(50K B pot)... the SH1000 is noisy as hell, and looks like a dorky organ

you usually find at old people retirement homes * grin *

BUt when you start messing with the synth part.. oh man its is GOD * grin *

Hook it up to an old audio mixer ( I send it thru an old Phonix mixer,

(it has an EQ , and I put it on the PHONO in hehehe superdistortion )

and once you put it thrue the PHONO in, for great distorted stuff,

even the TB303 eats moth-pussy compared to this beast

the only great drawback is the fact that it is not midi, nor has any way to

implement midi on it.. if anybody has any schematics or external stuff which will

enable me to use midi on this thingg, PLEASE let me know. SH1000.. what can I say.. it is holy

IO rate it 5 out of 5, coz tweaking the cutoff/resonance knobs so much

it starts screaming.. its almost as if the SH1000 is having sex with me * rotfl *

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
delabelle gregory a professional user from belgium writes:
i've bought this synth 2 years ago ,and we're working on it to puton an cv-gate


when this will be done i'll have a totally contralable swelly bass synth.

i'm actually thinking of putting a filter input on it.

but still ,it's fun working with.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
kingD a professional user from sweden writes:
probably the best synth on moon. well, if you want to get away from reality or get an o.k. substitute for drugs this motherf***er is the choice. the strange noises will &quot;tear your soul apart&quot; (pinhed, hellraiser).

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