SH-32

Synthesizer

SH-32
Discontinued

The SH-32 Synthesizer is a nod to Roland's past with a look toward the future. This 4-part multitimbral synth uses new Wave Acceleration Synthesis to deliver up to 32 voices of fat synth waves and entirely new waveforms. There's also a full complement of knobs and sliders-plus analog-style drums, DSP effects and a killer arpeggiator-giving musicians desktop access to a range of stunning synth sounds at an unbelievable low price.

Introducing Wave Acceleration Synthesis

The SH-32 uses new Wave Acceleration Synthesis to overcome the limited polyphony and sounds of modeling-based synths. You get up to 32 voices, plus 67 waveform variations from traditional analog waves to entirely new waveforms like Spectrum and variable Noise. And when combined with the new Subsonic mode found in the suboscillator section, you can create everything from thick bass sounds to entirely new sounds not possible on traditional synthesizers. There’s even drum maps with samples taken from the TR-808/909 Rhythm Composers.

Easy Knob and Slider Control

If you prefer creating sounds to using factory presets, you’ll love the SH-32. Like Roland’s instruments of the past, this tabletop synth is covered with all the knobs, sliders and buttons you need for direct parameter access. And because there are no hidden menus, the SH-32’s display consists of a simple, 3-digit LED.

Programmable Arpeggiator

The SH-32’s arpeggiator offers a variety of Preset templates, but can also be fully programmed. When used in combination with the Chord Memory function, you can produce complex arpeggios just like the ones heard in modern techno styles including trance. And with so many front-panel controls, programming is still ultra-intuitive.

Effects Processing

Once you’ve created a sound, you can process it though the SH-32’s two independent effects processors. The Loop processor gives you 10 varieties of reverb/delay effects, while the Insert processor offers 35 multi-effects algorithms. These include everything from distortion, compressor and pitch shifter to proprietary Groove effects like Slicer, Lo-Fi and Isolator.

An All-Purpose Performer

With its affordable price and compact size, the SH-32 is a great way to add fat synth sounds to your music. Use it with your favorite sequencing software or keyboard workstation, giving you bold new sounds. And when paired up with a Groovebox, you’ve got a powerful desktop synth with cool, retro-style sequencing. So whether for live use or in the studio, the SH-32 will deliver the goods.

Sound Generator
2 x Oscillators (with Sub Oscillator, PWM, Oscillator Sync, or
Ring Modulation), 1 x Filter (LPF/BPF/HPF/PKG/OFF), 1 x Amp, 2 x LFO (7 forms)
Note
Patches using Oscillator Sync will be monophonic. These patches can be used in Part 1. Sub Oscillator, PWM, Oscillator Sync, and Ring Modulation cannot be used together in the same patch.
Parts
4 (or 3 + 1 Rhythm)
Maximum Polyphony
32 voices
Waveform
67 waves (7 categories) for main oscillators, 63 rhythm waves for rhythm sets
User Memory
Patches: 128, Rhythm Sets: 2, Performances: 64
Preset Memory
Patches: 128, Rhythm Sets: 2
Arpeggiator
Style Programmable (Step Input/Realtime Input), Arpeggio Styles: 64, Rhythm Styles:64, Tempo = 20.0—250.0 BPM
Chord Memory
Chord forms: 64
Display
8 segments, 3 characters (LED)
Connectors
Output Jacks (L/MONO, R), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), Foot Switch Jack, Headphones Jack (Stereo), AC Adaptor Jack
Power Supply
AC Adaptor (ACI Series/PSB-1U)
Current Draw
1,000 mA
Accessories
AC Adaptor (ACI Series/ PSB-1U)
Size and Weight
Width
303 mm
11-15/16 inches
Depth
228 mm
9 inches
Height
92 mm
3-5/8 inches
Weight
1.9 kg
4 lbs. 4 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Updates & Drivers

  • SH-32 Synthesizer System Update Version 1.06 (PC)

    This is the PC version of the update files for the SH-32. Please refer to the readme document enclosed to perform the update. Note to PC users: You will need the PC SMF Update Application if you do not have access to a sequencer program.

  • SH-32 Synthesizer System Update Version 1.06 (MAC)

    This is the MAC version of the update files for the SH-32. Please refer to the readme document enclosed to perform the update. Note to Mac users: You will need the MIDIGraphy Application if you do not have access to a sequencer program.

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