Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

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Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by starving student » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:56 pm

johnisfaster please take the floor

anybody and everybody do you have one what are the pros and cons?
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Re: what do You think about the Roland sh-32

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:05 am

oh yeah whats a good price for one used?

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Re: what do You think about the Roland sh-32

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:43 am

okay, I expected 17 opinions by now :)

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:26 am

bump for title change

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by gp23 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:22 am

I've had both. Put simply, I think the MicroKorg sounds far better, but the SH-32 has a slightly better interface, I suppose. The MK is the only one I'd buy again. The SH-32 was disappointing. It sounds ROMpler-y, like an MC-505. It wins on polyphony though, if that's important to you.

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by ikeaboy » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:54 am

I heard the the Sh-32 distorts internally in an unintentioned nasty way (SOS review I think), I think with high resonance. On the other hand Microkorgs are everywhere, so they have often won out when people are deciding. They sound great- big sound for their size and versitile despite the limited parrameters so I wouldn't think their ubiquity would be a drawback.

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by Liam » Fri Apr 10, 2009 2:13 pm

The Sh-32 does produce some high pitched sounds that seem to be unintended at times. This can be both alarming (and really loud - seriously watch your ears / speakers) or desirable perhaps.

Other than that the sounds are quite impressive. Pads or leads can cut through a mix.

The drum sounds are also usable.

I'd expect to pay about $200 for one in mint condition.

Never had a Microkorg but from what I've heard they are excellent.

The Roland is built like a tank too.

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:14 pm

i've got a microkorg so thats what i'm using for comparison, one intresting thing is that you can't find a sh-32 anywhere to try out and I rarely see them for sale, everytime i check ebay or craigslist they are no where to be found so either people really like them enough to keep them or not a lot of people have them, you can pick up a microkorg for about 200 used and they are everywhere. i know someebody on the forum has one.....

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:13 pm

i know this is a silly question but all of those knobs and sliders are midi recordable to an exteranl sequencer right?

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by Lo-Fi Massahkah » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:16 pm

starving student wrote:i know this is a silly question but all of those knobs and sliders are midi recordable to an exteranl sequencer right?
If I remember correctly they are NRPNs. But it was quite a couple of years since I owned one.

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by gp23 » Fri Apr 10, 2009 5:26 pm

From memory, I think there are two modes that you can select. One of which maps a CC number to each control. I was going to pick up a Roland D2 and use the SH-32 to program it, because the CC map was virtually the same between them.

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by starving student » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:01 pm

ah thank you.

how do you all describe the sound of the sh-32, course i've been listening to everything I could find but sometimes the different way people convey their opinions also conveys alot of info

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by Usedtobe » Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:55 pm

i'm playing with mine right now, sitting on my bed.
i haven't played it with a keyboard in a while, i have a mopho and dx7 fo dat (biatch!) but i really love making an arpeggiator pattern (basically a sequencer, super easy to use) and mucking with the lfos (two of them that can go to multiple destinations simultaneously) until i have a quasi-self-playing ambient thang. then sample it

the drums sound pretty sweet too. 808s and 909s they say, sounds legit.

the couple of times i've played a microkorg, i thought the keys were too small for chords, and the programming was hellish. i mean you get used to it but it's no fun, for sure. sh-32 is all knobs, and they all transmit midi cc#s !!! meaning it's a shit ton of controllers for live, map em to soft synths or your arduino robots or whatever.

that being said the mopho is really really cool. buy that instead ;) jk, mostly

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Re: Roland sh-32 vs. Microkorg

Post by Poster » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:30 pm

starving student wrote:how do you all describe the sound of the sh-32,
harsh and unpleasant digital.. its filter resonance can be really bad for your ears..
plus there's a 'bug' with the filter cut-off that if you turn the knob you can hear stepping..
owned one for not even a week..

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