I seem to have gotten a little off topic lately (though, what is the topic really?), and what better way to get back on than a good, old fashion instrument review?
I was really excited to get one of these. It seemed like the perfect little thing; a two oscillator, voltage controlled Roland Synthesizer. Well, it is that but not quite like I'd expected. The main thing I dislike about this synth is that the ADSR has been reduced to an ADS (didn't realize how crazy that looked till I typed it out!). So you have attack, decay and sustain but no release. It was meant to be the sort of synthesizer you controlled with other instruments; so besides the normal cv and gate ins and outs you also have an audio input and a little switch to select between voice, guitar and brass. The envelope follower is fine, and indeed -- if you have something with some release plugged into it you'll get that release that's missing. But the pitch to cv converter is pretty dodgy at best; not worth wasting any time on I don't think.
There's also no LFO, which is fine... I think that perhaps Roland tried to make this unit something interesting and in the process forgot about some of the basics. I suppose I should spend some more time with it though before judging it so harshly. On the up side: it looks beautiful and if you don't mind working around it's flaws is quite nice to have around, if not for practicality then for morale. I guess what it boils down to is that I just wish it was a rack-mounted SH-09 (which unfortunately does not exist).
Roland SH-09: Simple, Timeless, Elegant, Intuitive, Approchable.