Roland Alpha Juno 1

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Roland Alpha Juno-1

The Alpha Juno is a great sounding Juno type synth! Not quite as warm in sound as the previous Juno's but still a nice addition to any techno synth rig. Sliders and buttons were replaced by membrane buttons and the Alpha Dial which is used to edit and browse through the extensive selection of parameters: DCO digitally controlled oscillators, LFO, bend, ENV, pulse, waveforms, noise, PW/PWM, high pass filter, VCF (filter) with freq/env/res/LFO/kybd, VCA envelope, chorus, and more. The PG-300 synthesizer programmer gives you traditional slider control of each parameter for much easier and faster editing.

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Other nice touches include better MIDI implementation than previous Roland synths, 64 presets and 64 user patches, a nice LCD display, an LFO capable of a very slow rate for some cool sweeping effects, and a great bass sound (especially nice for acid basslines) and noise effects! It also has chord memory which is perfect for rave & techno, portamento and keyboard transposing. The Alpha Juno 1 was soon replaced by the Alpha Juno 2 which added a few MIDI & keyboard enhancements. The MKS-50 is an upgraded rackmount version of the Alpha Juno. The Alpha Juno is used by Mundo Muzique, Vince Clarke, Matt Megaton Haines, Paul Hardcastle, Massive Attack, Bomb the Bass, The Prodigy, Youth, Joey Beltram and Human Resource.

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The HS-10 Synth Plus 10 is an Alpha Juno for the casual home user, with a slightly less appealing cosmetic appearance, and the HS-80 was a similar repackaging of the Alpha Juno 2.

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Not_now
April 19, 2013 @ 5:20 am
In the last 2 years I've done a little speculating & picked up 2 Juno 2s & 4 Juno 1s (had 1 already from '92), all for under $150 each. Now I will tell you why. Jupiter 8s are creeping towards $10k & CS80s are @ or near $15k. I expect those prices to double or even triple over the next 2 decades. That will place them far out of reach for average musicians, who will then seek out cheaper Junos, Poly-800's, etc, which by then will also have increased in value. Mine have been professionally serviced & are stored in a climate controlled environment. I plan to sell then in 10-20 years & retire. =D
Kirk
March 17, 2013 @ 6:07 pm
What an amazing little synth. Great sound and great features in a fun little portable package. Portable not because it runs off batteries of course, but due to it's handy size you can program it/write songs in bed, in the garden etc.

Such a sweet sound and a bargain in the analog world just because of a lack of sliders. Any midi box will sort that problem out.

4/5 rating.
Ken
February 25, 2013 @ 3:05 pm
Anyone know how to make a sound repeat on this synth? I want to duplicate the repeating sound of the synth at the beginning of "Kids in America"
BeN-HuR
January 17, 2013 @ 5:53 am
This is a really fat one and the jog is amazing for quick editing. It sounds like synths that cost 10 times more. Highly recomended for the 80's classic Brass and Strings lovers.
Phil
December 11, 2012 @ 5:14 pm
Anyone checked the reKon Alpha juno editor out yet? I'm interested in the librarian
part of the program to store patches unless you guys no of a free one for OSX. CHEERS
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • YouTube Thumbnail
    Roland Alpha Juno 2 | demo
    by WC Olo Garb

    Audio Clip 1 - Here's a nice demo of various sounds that the Alpha Juno can produce.

    Manual - Get a copy of the Alpha Juno-1 manual here in PDF format.

    SysEx Basics - Helpful guide to controlling and editing the Alpha Juno in real-time from a sequencer or Midi controller using SysEx Midi data.

    Patches for Mac - Lots of great patches for use with the Alpha Juno synthesizers. These are Midi Sysex files compressed in a Macintosh friendly format.

    Patches for WinPC - Lots of great patches for use with the Alpha Juno synthesizers. These are Midi Sysex files compressed in a Windows/PC friendly format.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 1 DCO per voice: Pulse, Sawtooth, Sub, noise waveforms. 1 sub-oscillator.
  • Effects - portamento, chord memory, transpose, chorus
  • Memory - 64 User, 64 preset, backup to cassette
  • Filter - 24db analog lowpass filter
  • Envelopes - ADSR Envelopes
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 49 note keyboard (no velocity or aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
  • Resources & Credits
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