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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Roland HS-10

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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vague faction
August 7, 2013 @ 8:36 am
not_now - you will die next year, i will buy all of your junos at half the cost you paid for them, and make massive pads using every voice! as you descend to hell with the rest of the gear profiteers..
Mark
August 2, 2013 @ 10:17 am
Such an incredibly sweet sounding synth! I got mine for basically nothing, all it really lacks is a programming interface, which you can easily get from any MIDI controller. I use my Remote Zero with it, works a charm! Love it to bits. If you're in doubt, get it! It's going to be worth it.
Tom
May 5, 2013 @ 12:45 am
HS-80 Ram Init Procedure

1) The HS-80 must be powered off.
2) The Memory Protect switch must be off.
3) While holding down the BRILLIANCE and DATA TRANSFER buttons, turn on the power.
4) Release the buttons.
5) The display will show something like “Initlz Funct RAM”
6) Turn the power off.
7) Turn the power on.
Tom
May 5, 2013 @ 12:43 am
1) The HS-80 must be powered off.
2) The Memory Protect switch must be off.
3) While holding down the MOD RATE and DATA TRANSFER buttons, turn on the power.
4) Release the buttons.
5) The display will show something like “Ver 4.6h 3.19 86”
6) Turn the power off.
7) Turn the power on.
Why
April 19, 2013 @ 5:29 am
ken - Yes. It's called a "sequencer". The Juno doesn't have an appregiator or sequencer on board. MIDI'er up to a sequencer & you'll be good to go. BTW, that repeating synth line on "Kids in America" sounds a lot like the Juno's stock P-11 PolySynth1 patch.
 
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  • 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
  • Images from
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