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The Beauty of the old Roland SH-2000 Analog Synthesizer

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Despite the innovation of modern synth technology, you still can’t beat the sounds that an old school Roland SH-2000 analog synthesizer can bring to the equation. With an uncharacteristic and unmatched ability to create a beautifully blended sound, you may not get the hundreds of instrument replications or variations in waveform… but then again, you don’t really need them either!

If you’ve never had the chanced to play on a Roland from the 70’s, you really need to find a way to do so.

It’s Not Your Typical All-in-One System

Many of the modern synth systems and kits bill themselves as the all-in-one package that any synth lover would want. Is it nice to create all-encompassing beats with dramatic bass lines, great electronic drum beats, and a mind-blowing melody all with one machine or one set of circuits? Sure it is! It is also equally dynamic to use a synth that can create melodies that will leave an impression on people because of the purity of the sound being generated.

That’s what you get with the Roland SH-2000.

You Can Still Hook Up Externals to the Roland Too

Because we’re talking about technology that is over 40 years old, you’re not going to get the full audio modifications you may want with this instrument. You are able to tweak the LFO and the sound filters somewhat with this synth, as well as work with the attack and release of the audio a little. Despite its age, however, you can hook up modern equipment to the SH-2000 to add reverb, delay, and other modifications you may wish to have.

The other fun component of this Roland model is the arpeggiator and randomizer that is built into the machine. Taking just a few of your base notes or chords, you can create randomized chord-based sounds that can then be modified based on your preferred instrumentation. This allows you to experiment with sounds after they’ve been made, much like you can with modern software, but through the hands-on approach.

That’s probably my favorite part of using a Roland SH-2000 right there.

There Isn’t a Better Machine To Produce Classic Analog Synth!

If you want to produce classic synth sounds that people have loved for decades, then why invest in modern electronic music equipment when you could invest in a beautiful machine like the SH-2000? The depth of sound is unsurpassed, even to this day, and with the layers of audio that can be produced by this one machine, you’ll find that it can probably do more than you’d believe.

If you want something that can produce beats, bass lines, and melodies all on the same circuit, then this synth is not for you. If you want to create dynamic melodies with fluid sounds that have depth and personality, then you’ve got to experience playing this Roland at least once before you die. This synth really did change the future of electronic music and once you play it, you’ll realize that it has changed you and your approach to sound creation too.

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