The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 Synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads, and wild effects.
Contributed by Christian Moraga for the Roland Australia Blog
This video was made using only sounds from the SH-2 PLUG-OUT for the AIRA SYSTEM-1 Synthesizer.
The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is an incredibly precise recreation using Roland’s decades-old expertise and deep knowledge of the original analog units. Like other products in the AIRA series, this new SH-2 uses Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology to faithfully capture the fine details of the SH-2’s sound, right down to the behaviour and interaction of the individual analog circuits.
WHAT HAS BEEN KEPT THE SAME FROM THE ORIGINAL SH-2 CIRCUIT?
Everything has been reproduced exactly, from the VCF which is capable of self-oscillation to the attack and long decay characteristics of the steep envelope. The unique harmonic makeup and pitch wavering are present as are the complex interactions between parameters that result from the original analog circuit design. Even behaviors that occur only in analog circuitry are accurately reproduced, like the subtle effect on tonality when the user tweaks parameters unrelated to the actual tone being produced.
WHAT NEW FEATURES DOES THE SYSTEM-1 BRING TO THE SH-2 PLUGOUT?
There are even some new features that were not available on the original. This new SH-2 has a VCO range that is expandable to 64′, two envelopes, reverb, delay and crusher effects, Autobend with support for reverse actions, and a tempo-syncable arpeggiator.
To find out more about the original SH-2 synthesizer, read our article here: https://www.rolandcorp.com.au/blog/index.php/roland-icon-series-sh-2-synthesizer-2/