Roland Alpha Juno 2

Roland Alpha Juno 2 ImageRoland Alpha Juno 2

This is an upgraded version of the Alpha Juno 1. It adds an extended 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch and an external memory cartridge slot. Other than that it has the same great sound and features as the Juno 1. 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.

Roland Alpha Juno 2 ImageRoland Alpha Juno 2

Adequate in the studio or on the stage, the Juno 2 has 64 presets and 64 user memory 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 PG-300 Synthesizer Programmer gives you traditional slider control of each parameter for much easier and faster editing.

The HS-80 is an Alpha Juno 2 for the casual home user, with a slightly less appealing cosmetic appearance. The Alpha Junos have been used by Mundo Muzique, Vince Clarke, Matt Megaton Haines, Paul Hardcastle, Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack, Bomb the Bass, The Prodigy, Faithless, Youth, Joey Beltram and Human Resource.

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59 Visitor comments
December 30, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
Alpha-Juno2: this synth got much power. Extreme good filter for noisy-pads.
The keypads and alpha-dail are not very good ;-)
But you can control it 100% via Midi, great!
One of the best (!) analog synths for little money!
November 29, 2009 @ 5:50 am
underated , a classic in their own right , i have the alpha juno 2 and it sits perfectly with a sh 101 and tr range etc , yes its not a juno or super fat old analogue but do you always want that ?
November 11, 2009 @ 10:11 am
What The . . .?
The one and only Hoover machine, responsible for one of the most (over)used sounds in electronica.
Many will say that it isn't as warm as a 60 or 106, but the Alpha has its own unique sound, which makes it a relevant addition to any studio.
You can find used models for next-to-nothing ($150-$200), so, if you're in need of a little "What The . . .?" Hoover in your mix, why not skip the samples and emulation and get the real thing?
September 26, 2009 @ 9:52 pm
the alpha juno 1 and 2 ( i own a 2) are hands downs some of the BEST synths ever made by roland! the presets are even killer but when you start programming and using sysex to sequence with the alpha juno, that's when the REAL fun begins!
August 24, 2009 @ 5:33 am
Mmmmh.... I think there are some mistakes...
The Juno-2 doesn't have 3 DCO per voice but one DCO with several simultaneous waveforms...
And the envelope is not an ADSR (like the previous models) :
T1 / L2-T2 / L3-T3 / T4 is more powerfull than a 'standard' ADSR...
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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
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    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 - 61 note keyboard (with velocity & aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1986
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