The Roland SH-32 uses a Wave Acceleration Synthesis to deliver up to 32 voices of synth waves and new waveforms. There’s also a fair complement of knobs and sliders, plus analog-style drums, DSP effects and a killer arpeggiator. A very compact machine, occassionally discussed as little brother of the brilliant JP-8000.
Video and music (it’s all the SH-32) by Ares Kalogeropoulos.
For many years Roland’s Jupiter-8 was one of my favorite synthesizers and I always wanted to get one. This video from SynthManiaDotCom and some of its pads remind me why. Even if you can get similar results with the Roland JD-800/990 and the Jupiter-80, they always remain similar.
This is one of my favorite videos. In this example Korg’s Polysix sounds like a string machine and that is what I like a lot about it. There are not many synthesizers capable of producing this kind of sound in such a quality.
As usual, what you hear is a multitrack recording. Korg’s Mono/Poly offers excellent and fat Bass sounds. By using Crossmodulation and Oscillator Sync you can get interesting EFX sounds. The Mono/Poly can be challenging and is a programmer’s instrument. Without tweaking it is very likely that you end up with a flute ;D. What I want to say by that is, that it can sound quite boring as well.
In this track I experimented with the wavetables of the PPG. Especially in the second part one can hear the rhythm that is generated by the wavetables. Their sustain is unique and aliasing in this case even adds character to the sound.
The Roland SH-1000 – the first compact synth produced by Roland back in 1973.
An absolutely simple and great sounding synth that gives you smooth basses and edgy leads. In combination with a external stereo delay and reverb it can be a source of inspired music that harks back to the early days of electronica. Even more, actually. Unorthodox use of this synth – letting little accidents happen – will produce screamy resonant leads and buzzy basses with hi speed LFO effects!
Here is a demo I made with the sole use of the SH-1000, with a soft delay and reverb giving it additional atmosphere. A beautifully ugly machine …!