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The annual Music Fair in Tokyo, Japan has brought the preview of several new products from Roland. Among them is the SH-32 desktop synthesizer, a 32-voice polyphonic, 4-part multitimbral analog modeling synth with built-in effects designed to recreate classic sounds of it's predecessors as well as new and unique sounds.

Each part is created with a dual oscillator arrangement along with an independent filter and amplitude envelope. Available waveforms include saw, square, pulse, PWM, triangle/sine, spectrum, and noise, with a total of 67 total waveform sub-types. The fourth part in the SH-32 can be used as the rhythm set, which borrows sounds from the TR-808 and TR-909.

The front panel lays out all of the controls and features physical sliders for many of the parameters and providing a visualization of the settings. 13 buttons also function as a one-octave keyboard for programming, so no external hardware is required. However the SH-32's MIDI implementation makes it ready to work with your other hardware, but it a controller keyboard/workstation, another Roland product like the GooveBoxes or EF-303, or your computer.

The SH-32 also provides an insertion effect and reverb/delay, available to all four parts. Available insertion effects include:

  • Stereo EQ
  • EZ Filter
  • Isolation
  • Auto Wah
  • Overdrive
  • Distortion 1
  • Distortion 2
  • Stereo Compressor
  • Stereo Limiter
  • Phaser
  • Rotary
  • Hexa-Chorus
  • Tremolo Chorus
  • Space-D
  • Stereo Flanger
  • Step Flanger
  • Sync Step Flanger
  • Ring Modulator
  • Lo-Fi
  • Lo-Fi with noise
  • Slicer
  • Sync Slicer
  • Tremolo
  • Sync Tremolo
  • Auto Pan
  • Sync Auto Pan
  • 2-voice pitch shifter
  • Feedback pitch shifter
  • Stereo Delay
  • Sync Stereo Delay
  • Resonance Delay
  • Reverb
  • Gated Reverb

The Reverb/Delay effects section includes:

  • Reverb - Room
  • Reverb - Stage
  • Reverb - Hall
  • Stereo Delay
  • Sync Stereo Delay
  • Long Delay
  • Sync Long Delay
  • Panning Delay
  • Modulation Delay
  • Stereo Chorus

Additional information should be available at the upcoming Winter NAMM show in January. This information is still somewhat preliminary and may be subject to change.

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