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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Richard
March 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am
Better than many expect, the Alpha Juno's offer an all-round solid analog sound, which might not blow you away, but will certainly offer up plenty of warm-ish strings and pads, solid basses and softer leads, as well as some more out-there sounds. However, the membrane switches and lack of hands-on control takes away a lot of the fun, unless you get a good programmer like the PG-300 to go with it - but that lifts the price into range of maybe more desirable options. As such, this is a useful instrument which had (and has) a hard time fending off the competition. At least it's still cheap.
michaelphibes
October 16, 2011 @ 12:41 am
i got this keyboard of guitarcenter.com omg this keyboard has so many goodies the envelopes r sick sick sick. just program it u will see what i mean extra value for the money due to it being a hybrid synth. i found mine for $250. it does come with one drum preset "electrodrum" and few nice bass sounds. I love it and recommend it to all keyboardist.
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!
 
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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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