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SH Poly from Rhythmic Robot is a classic analogue subtractive synth sampled from Roland's flagship of the 70s, the SH7. It features two main oscillators accessing six different waveforms between them, plus a white / pink noise generator, dual LFOs with sine, ramp or randomised output, and a host of modulation possibilities.
The two main oscillators can be thickened further using the Multi-Osc feature, which adds multiple extra detonable oscillators – up to a maximum of ten. SH Poly also features a selection of 70s-inspired effects and Rhythmic Robot's trademark Glitch button, which randomises the instrument in a musically-aware fashion, making generating your own patches extremely simple. The user interface is closely modelled on the classic Roland signature graphics and colour palette.
The original SH7 was a powerhouse monosynth that crowned Roland's lineup in the late 70s. SH Poly takes that sound and turns it into a poly machine: rich, lush pads and thick basses can be dialled up with ease; bubbling leads and squelchy riffs are right there too. The sound is characteristically dense, warm and rich.
- Two main oscillators with detune.
- Five waves per oscillator; six wave shapes in total; pink and white noise.
- Resonant low-pass filter with envelope.
- High-pass filter.
- Two LFOs routable to pitch, filter cutoff, amplitude.
- "Multi-Osc" adds up to eight further, detunable oscillators for astonishingly rich sounds.
- "Glitch" randomises the instrument in a musical way, generating random new sounds.
- Chorus, Rotary Speaker, modelled Amp Cab and stereo Reverb effects.
- Mono or Poly modes, with glide (portamento).
SH Poly is available now at the introductory price of £13.45 (normal retail price £14.95). Further audio demos, background and pictures are available at Rhythmic Robot.