There's a reason such a 'simple synth' is so massively popular with real recording artist who don't get into spec wars (but are productive and make great sounding records). It just works, it sounds great, it has character and it fits into a mix very easily.
I love the D-50's sound but it's far more work to massage into a mix and will never give you that real analog sound like the Juno 106 does. In the late 80s of course the D-50 was bought by thousands of pros and used profusely, but in modern times while it can be tamed, it'll never sound as effortlessly 'there' as the Juno 106 for modern music.
Those that love the 106 understand all this and won't be swayed by nay-sayers or people calling it basic, samey or whatever.. just like a guitar is 'basic and samey', as is a piano, as is a Juno 106 - but they all sound good and with FX you can take them anywhere.
I'm a fan of 'simpler = better' when it comes to analog synths, if you go too far from the basics they end up sounding more and more digital/convoluted and not that usable in songs. Have had all the Junos now (inc the alphas) and the 106 stands out as the best all round musical instrument of the Junos with the perfect player's feature set and control. I think teaming the Juno up with the D-50 (or even better - a JD-800) would be an ideal all-round solution (Digital for complex - analog for simple but great).
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on Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:26 am, edited 5 times in total.
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