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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JoeXtinct
February 5, 2011 @ 4:54 pm
Just a great poly analog with a unique stacked DCO architexture. This little guy is tons of programming fun with a tablet computer using the ctrlr.org GUI, and when you want velocity sens and aftertouch just midi it to your controller (score 1 for the microKorg!).
5-D
January 14, 2011 @ 3:43 am
For those looking for a power cord I just bought one off amazon and it works great! Only 7 bucks with free shipping from J&R! http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000068OA6/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&con dition=new
John
January 8, 2011 @ 12:15 pm
Initially I was a bit dissapointed as I couldnt get a tight enough attack on the lower notes but with careful EQing and tweaking I have finally found a sweet Bass that will serve me well for my type of music, not just a poor mans 106 after all. It has a really nice soulful tone, especially when using the stereo outs. Recently got the Oberheim1000 to complement it but I prefer the sound of the Juno. Everytime I think about selling it I discover a new sound/method of using it and decide to keep it. One time it started sounding odd, so I opened it up and cleaned all the dust out, now good as new!
cj-303
January 7, 2011 @ 4:28 pm
This synth deserves more recognision than it gets!!awesome machine!!A dream for PWM lovers!!and if u want double phatness from it, add a mks-50 to it via MIDI an detune them!!AWESOME MACHINES!! (:
Ester
November 18, 2010 @ 10:56 am
Hi! Betty, I saw your comment about inheriting the SynthPlus 10. Wondered if you ever found the power cord or bought one. Would appreciate if you could tell me where to fine one. Thanks so much!
 
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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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