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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DBFX
September 21, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
I recently purchased a mint Alpha Juno1 off ebay. I was so intrigued, I actually got the J2 quickly thereafter. The sound quality of these DCO driven boards is very good. And IMHO... The "Alpha Dial" gets a bad rap! It's a unique and cool way to control filter/brilliance etc. Yes, it's got the DX style membrane buttons. But programing is well worth the effort. So dig in!
I found the velocity and aftertouch on the Juno2 really makes for a lot more expressiveness. -Add a little HQ reverb and these slimline polys can soar!

"I can see why you guys say they're keepers."
ogacid
September 19, 2011 @ 11:42 am
my juno just broke. it powers up but the screen is blank and i cant get any sound. the octave and tranpose light up and thats it!! any suggestions on what it could be? this is one of my favorite keyboards =(
René
September 7, 2011 @ 8:26 pm
I got this and the official hard case for $200! The presets sound awesome and the alpha dial makes editing the parameters fun!
johannes
June 9, 2011 @ 12:02 am
As far as presets go these are not at all half bad! Supremely well rounded synth too that is packaged however with an unmistakenly deplorable look! Lets face it, if wallmart was around in 1986 they would be selling them! :o True, the Bass is amazing and punchy. Slightly beats the Juno 60 and 106 in that dept. Different sound really with strings than my Juno 60... I love them both but the 60 edges out the 2... Chorus is not as noisy on the alpha 2 as it is on the alpha 1.. And the casing on the 2 is MUCH heavier and not as cheap as on the alpha one...those are quite commonly cracked.
AD-VANC3D
May 23, 2011 @ 4:55 pm
The ju-2 was the first synth i bought 11yrs ago after that i owned , korg m1, yamaha an1x, ensoniq sq80, jd800, novation nova, roland d10 and 70 , mc 202 and jv1080, anyway this is not my old kit list recitle my point is all of these came and are gone but im still a very proud a-juno 2 owner, and i oubt i will ever sell it. People always rant on about it not sounding like a ju-6 or 60 in my opinion its not supposed to. It can be punchy , thin , soft , nasty, brigthy , freaky and unique as far as i know its one of if not the only synth to have a pwm-able saw wave, im still makin new sounds now.
 
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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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