Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

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Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby DRONESAUR » Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:12 am

There is a guy selling an Alpha Juno 1 on craigslist for $200, and what I'm basically asking - is it worth it? I want something that can primarily generate those spacey, new age-type pads and other sounds comparable to Vangelis' "Mvmt. 3" (the theme from "Cosmos" ) - obviously not going to be quite the same, but just that same kind of aesthetic and feel.


What do you guys think?
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby GuyaGuy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:02 am

Sure. That's around the going rate. A highpass filter would make it even better for those kinds of pads but you could always run it through a filter or EQ.

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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby DRONESAUR » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:16 am

Yeah, I would probably run it through some kind of EQ at least, as well as a few other effects like delay and reverb.


I forgot to mention that it comes with a hard case, plus I can probably talk him down to at least $175.


Thanks :)
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby GuyaGuy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:20 am

Sounds like a good deal then. And yeah, reverb will help a lot for those pad sounds.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby Sir Nose » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:42 pm

A midi knob job:
BCF2000
Novation zero
Bitstream
or such

Is a must have, to gain hands on control. Fun Synth. The Envelope controls mapped over a set of faders is quite powerful.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby GuyaGuy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:48 pm

There are also iOS editors if you have an iPad.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby cgren72 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:14 am

Make sure all the keys and buttons work well. If you have to clean contacts, don't pay more than $125
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby themilford » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:41 pm

Also, I've worked on a few of these synths where some of the screws were missing along the bottom and back edge because the little plastic stand-offs were cracked internally usually due to mishandling. So make sure the screws are all there and that there are no bits bouncing about in side... You can usually hear then by lifting and tiling the board. $200 is about $25 too much unless the thing is minty with no issues. and has some original accouterments like the manual, case, pedals, etc.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby skunk3 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:59 pm

I think that $200 is pretty steep for an Alpha Juno 1, but maybe they have increased in value as of late. I used to see them sell for less all the time.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby GuyaGuy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:01 pm

About $175-250 plus shipping on eBay
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby Em Pe Ge » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:34 pm

i just picked one up for about that much.. sounds nice. one thing though, midi on it isn't the greatest. when i use a software editor, and say tweak the filter cutoff the same times as it's recieveing midi on/off messages it results in stuck notes, or notes not sounding. the editor is great for getting new sounds out of the machine, but don't expect realtime tweaking to be on point.
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Re: Roland Alpha Juno 1 for $200?

Postby jamonmofah » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:11 am

Underegarded synth,the alpha wheel controller great for live variations of lfo mod depth and rate,lfo goes really slow which a lot of synths dont,great sounds if you spend some time editing and $200 seems very cheap,£250-300 in uk good for pads strings bass sci fi noises great with a midi controller
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