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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57 Visitor comments
September 13, 2010 @ 9:46 pm
This synth has something wonderful about it. It's just so fun to play, even with a room full of other gear. I even like the alpha dial using the so called 'biometrics' (brightness etc) parameter controls, it just 'feels' right and it's sound is very liquid and bouncy, a real sweet tone considering it uses IR3R05 instead of the more 'classic' IR3109 used on J6/60 etc. Very unassuming and tidy desktop synth, makes for a good controller keyboard too with velocity and A-Touch and can be programmed with generic sysex midi box, though on board isn't too bad at all (easier than JX-8P and that's not hard).

Juno 2 is a sweet synth and a great compact tool to have around the studio/house/garage though it does weigh very heavy for it's size and unlike the Juno1 is mostly all metal on the upper panel.
September 12, 2010 @ 7:50 am
I love this synth I have the Alpha 1 and a MKS-50 together with a Lexicon MPX110 effects unit. Paid $250 for all three. Pads to die for! Huge leads. Amazing combo IMHO.
July 20, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
can you say hooooovver? what the ?? patch. dominator, energy flash, mentasim, charly plus others!!!! other patches for classic techno are machines and the scratch patch used by dj pc on insomniac!! i would never sell this keyboard!!
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 ?
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  • 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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