Roland SH-4D Desktop Synthesizer

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Key Info

The Roland SH-4D is a Compact desktop synthesizer with professional sound design tools, intuitive hands-on workflow, and onboard pattern sequencer.

Eleven powerful OSC models (including classic Roland models)

Incorporating the best of both worlds, the SH-4D includes both vintage analog models as well as cutting-edge digital textures allowing you to tap into the warmth and grit of analog oscillation and the versatile nature of digital oscillation. As well as the new SH-4D native engine, the sound module comes equipped with a variety of different models including classic Roland gear such as the Juno-106 and the SH-101. It also features both classic and modern-day models including Wavetable, Cross FM, PCM, Ring, Chord, Drawing and more.

Comprised of four independent synth parts, the SH-4D can process up to 60 voices of total polyphony (dependent on the OSC model voice settings) allowing you to create powerful multi-layered sounds. Create everything from aggressive bass tones to pads and soaring leads with the wide range of controls on offer. Shape your sound using the dedicated Filter, Amplifier and LFO sections and a Rhythm part with selectable waveforms and individual sound design per instrument for advanced users.

Advanced control panel with modulation matrix

Designed to optimise your workflow, the SH-4Ds comprehensive control panel features 32 rotary knobs and four sliders as well as an array of buttons for navigation and more. Taking inspiration from classic Roland modules; the SH-4D includes a button keyboard with a two-plus octave range so you can play notes directly from the synthesizer. You can navigate between sounds and settings using the four-button directional controls (up, down, left, right) and toggle between settings, functions, effects and parameters using the LCD display.

One of the most unique features of the SH-4D is the inclusion of 'D-Motion' technology. This allows you to create performance effects by physically moving the synthesizer, translating your movements into modulation and more. You can also modulate multiple assignable parameters from the advanced modulation matrix. Creating melodic rhythms using the 'Visual Arpeggio' which provides instant visual feedback showing you how your notes are being affected and arpeggiated.

Multitimbral sequencer with 128 patterns

Roland are renowned for their iconic sequencing capabilities, first pioneered in early drum machines from Roland and taken to the next level with the SH-4D. The multitimbral sequencer allows you to sequence more than one timbre at a time, allowing you to create multi-layered patterns that can be changed on the fly.

With 128 patterns at your disposal, the SH-4D is well suited to live performances as well as studio work, allowing you to create ever-evolving sequences and even full-blown songs. You can also input your notes in various ways such as real-time recording, two step-entry and motion recording for added versatility.

Extensive sound processing and built-in audio/MIDI interface

A sound designer's dream, the SH-4D provides extensive sound processing functions with MFX (multi-effects) for each 'Tone', allowing you to texturise sounds, add depth or experiment with timbre. It also has global MFX in the form of reverb, chorus, delay and more. You can also use the SH-4D alongside your favourite DAW or a variety of MIDI instruments thanks to the built-in audio/MIDI interface and 5-pin MIDI I/O connectivity.

Compact design with a range of analog connectivity

Portable and powerful, the SH-4D is perfect for musicians on the move or in the studio. The compact design makes it suitable for portable sound creation, with the SH-4D capable of being powered via batteries or USB-C hub power. The rear of the synthesizer features a range of analog connections including a headphone jack, stereo 1/4-inch audio outputs and even a 3.5mm stereo audio input for incorporating external synths such as the AIRA Compact or Roland Boutique range. You can also synchronise your MIDI/modular gear using the clock input - great for creating powerful synth rigs.


  • 11 powerful OSC models including iconic Roland gear such as the Juno-106 and much more
  • Hybrid sound design with analog/digital models combining the best of both worlds
  • Four independent synth parts and 60 voices of total polyphony (dependent on OSC model)
  • Rhythm section with selectable, waveforms, synthesis controls, layering and individual sound design per instrument
  • Comprehensive control pane with 32 knobs, four sliders and an array of buttons
  • Advanced modulation matrix for modulation multiple assignable parameters
  • Filter, Amplifier and LFO sections with dedicated rotary controls
  • Two-plus octave button keyboard for inputting notes and playing tones
  • Multitimbral sequencer with 128 patterns and a range of input methods including:
  • Real-time recording
  • Two step-entry modes
  • Motion recording
  • Probability/sub-step settings per notes for tones/rhythm parts in pattern sequences
  • D-Motion technology allows you to control performance effects via physical movement of the SH-4D
  • Extensive sound processing with MFX (multi-effects) for each tone
  • Global MFX including reverb, chorus, delay and more
  • Built-in USB-C audio/MIDI interface and 5-pin MIDI I/O
  • Flexible analog connectivity including clock input, headphones jack, 3.5mm stereo audio input and more
  • Compact and portable design - can be powered via batteries or USB-C hub power

Technical Specifications

  • Sound Patch: 246
  • Pattern: 128
  • OSC Model
  • SH-4d
  • SH-3D
  • SYNC
  • SH-101
  • JUNO-106
  • Cross FM
  • RING
  • PCM
  • RHYTHM (only for RHYTHM part)
  • Maximum Polyphony: 60 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
  • Parts: 5 parts (Tone part: 4, Rhythm part: 1)
  • Effects:
  • Multi-Effects: 5 systems, 93 types
  • Reverb: 9 types
  • Chorus: 5 types
  • Delay: 5 types
  • Master Effect: 93 types
  • Other: Master EQ / Comp
  • Arpeggiator: 5 types
  • Sequencer:
  • Parts: 5
  • Steps: 64
  • Other:
  • Sub Steps
  • Flam
  • Probability
  • Controllers:
  • Switch keyboard
  • Step buttons
  • D-Motion (motion sensor)
  • Display: Graphics LCD 128 x 64 dots
  • Connectors:
  • PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
  • OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
  • MIX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • EXT CLK IN jack: Mono miniature phone type
  • MIDI connectors: IN, OUT
  • USB port: USB Type-C(R) (Audio, MIDI)
  • Power Supply:
  • USB bus power supply (USB Type-C(R) port)
  • Ni-MH batteries (AA, HR6) (commercially available) x 4
  • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) (commercially available) x 4
  • Current Draw: 500 mA (USB bus power supply)
  • Expected Battery Life (under continuous use):
  • Akaline Battery: Approx. 4 hours
  • Ni-MH battery: Approx. 5 hours
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 360 x 195 x 66 mm
  • Weight (excluding batteries): 1.78 kg (3 lbs.)
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