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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Dave a part-time user from Belgium writes:
I just bought one and i think it sounds GREAT!!!

I also have the MC-307 but this baby sounds much much better. The drums are obviously an extra coss they don't stand out. But that's not the reason to buy this synth. You can really make sounds on the go. All the important parameters are directly accesable and the filter is of true Roland quality.

Great stuff !!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 17:27
Jimmy a hobbyist user from USA writes:
11 Am. first to get to the shoppe this morning to try this guy out. Went Right to the Sh32. First thing i noticed was that it was built well, as it was encased in metal housing. What A tiny machine!! Knowing what I was looking for, Knowing what I want outta a synth, I quickly flicked the LCD to the D88 patch which is the initialized. I grabbed the sliders, pressed some buttons and got going. Instantaneously, I was churning out great sounds. I switched on the Sub Osc and fired up a gut wrenching DnB bass. started over and sculpted a beautiful, shiny, moving pad/string sound. Everything is laid out RIGHT there. granted, the front panel is smushed like a sardine can, I still easily found everything i needed. the Spectral waves are wicked for those really spacy sounds. dont know what a spectral wave is? check out the Access Virus., Each other "normal wave" has variations. you can either choose a normal ol saw wave, or the other 11 variations, such as the Jp8000's super saw wave. And yes, I'll let you know that the super saw waveform found on the Sh32 stays up there with the actual Jp8000 supersaw. The arpeggiator DOES have a latch function D. DouglAS, its the hold button. theres even a chord button to push to churn out cool variations, and add the extra something to your track.

Im convinced that Roland thought about how they ripped us off with the Jp series. Dont get me wrong, I owned a Jp8000 since they came out, and sold mine a couple years ago, so i loved it to death. But the price! they still charge 1299 for 1099 for the Jp's! Here comes along a little synthsizer that cost 1/3 of that!! for $429 you can get a little box with big sound and big features. True, the sound and features are not something that can oust out a Nova or Virus, but the Nova and Virus are double, and triple the price. I honestly cant believe the potential found in the Sh32, and I certainly know where my next paycheck is headed!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-04-2002 at 14:33
D. Douglas Danahy a part-time user from United States writes:
I just bought this thing last night, and I played with it for around 6 1/2 hours straight before sleeping for about four hours then getting up to play with it again. I may end up calling in sick to work today. I have been playing synthesizers for 22 + years at this point, and I have NEVER seen anything like it for under 500$ american before. I almost blew a channel in my mixer when I first started tweaking the filters in this box. A former bandmate of mine owns a NovaII synthesizer, and I just can't see how that thing cost 1500$ more than this little guy. Everything is so plainly laid out I haven't had to refer to the manual yet. I control it with my guitar synths (roland gr-33/and gr-1 -which unfortunatley are more like sample-playback devices than synthesizers) and I feel it is perfect for the job. I haven't run it through external effects yet, and I don't feel there is a need. I feel that if you know synths well, you owe it to yourself to check this thing out. I'm personally amazed something so small can sound so good - maybe I'm just stuck in the eighties - where something that sounds like this would have cost around ten grand and weighed around 200 pounds. I only have one complaint, which is the arpeggiator does not seem to have a "latch" function...No big deal though, really. the arpeggiator is a bonus considering midi syncable LFO and effects...only thing I can think of that's comparable is the Korg MS-2000, which is only four note polyphonic (and guitars have SIX strings) and still retails for around 300$ more. I highly reccomend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-04-2002 at 11:44
gamera writes:
True Rob. But then again, there are only 2 synths I can think of that will keep same FXs, nova series and virus b (and better) series that will do that. I miss some synths I am sure but I think more than 90% of the (any kind of) synths in the synth history don't keep their FXs in performance mode.

posted Wednesday-Apr-03-2002 at 19:18
Rob Bennis a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
There's one thing that's not so cool on the Sh32. I found out you cannot set different effects on each part in performance mode.

So every part will have the same effect :( But ok. The rest is fine.

posted Wednesday-Apr-03-2002 at 05:44
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