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Roland SH-5

SH-5 (image courtesy of Roland)

Released: 1976

MSRP: no


A significant upgrade to the SH-3 (dual VCOs, ring mod, second EG, dual filters, CV/gate interface ...) Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Roland SH-5 is a 44 key, monophonic analog synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (saw/pulse/square/triangle waveforms with ring-mod, sync, and PWM), white/pink noise, resonant band-pass and low/band/high-pass filters, AR and ADSR envelopes, dual LFOs (saw and sine/square/triangle waveforms), portamento, S/H, and CV/gate I/O.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
44 keys W:864mm (34.02in) D:270/335mm (10.63/13.19in) H:257mm (10.12in) 22kg (48.4lbs) yes stereo mono no CV trigger VCA VCF VCO CV trigger VCA ext-trigger 20W AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
- N/A no no no buttons/sliders LED


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
no 1 no VCO1+VCO2->VCF+BPF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
no no EG1 EG2 LFO1 LFO2 pedal yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A no N/A N/A bender no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no CV trigger no no no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO1 analog pulse saw square triangle 2-32' no PWM:LFO1|2 sync bender CV portamento LFO1 LFO2 pedal S/H no
VCO2 analog pulse saw square triangle 2-32' no PWM:EG bender CV portamento EG2 LFO1 LFO2 pedal no
Noise analog noise:white/pink - no no no no
RingMod analog VCO1|external+-LFO1|2|Noise - no no no no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
VCF analog ? yes low|band|high pass bender key EG1 EG2 LFO1 LFO2 pedal S/H no no
BPF analog ? yes band pass no no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
EG1 - attack release no no key S/H LFO2 pedal trigger no no
EG2 sustain attack decay release no no key S/H LFO2 pedal trigger no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO1 saw no yes no no no no
LFO2 sine square triangle sine no no no no no
Conventional Models
RS-101 RS-202 RS-505 RS-09 SA-09 VP-330 SH-3 SH-5
SH-1000 SH-2000 SH-7 SH-1 SH-2 SH-09 SH-101 MC-202
CMU-810 TB-303 CMU-800 Juno-6 Juno-60 MKS-10 Juno-106 Juno-106s
HS-60 MKS-7 Juno-1 HS-10 Juno-2 HS-80 MKS-50 Jupiter-4
MRS-2 Jupiter-8 Jupiter-6 MKS-80 JX-3P MKS-30 GR-700 JX-8P
JX-10 MKS-70