Roland Juno-6

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The first in a series of amazingly affordable quality synthesizers from Roland's amazing Juno family! The Juno-6 is a six voice polyphonic analog synthesizer! It's a very stable synth thanks to its digitally controlled analog oscillators. The Juno-6 sounds great, however it lacks basic necessities like MIDI control and patch memory storage.

The next generation Juno-60 version added 56 patches of memory storage. Both of these synths sound virtually the same and are considered by many to sound better (punchier) than the popular follow up, the Juno-106. The Juno-6 and 60 are very rich sounding synthesizers and are great analog machines as long as you can overlook the absence of MIDI control. Of course nobody can deny that the wooden side panel look is a true sign of Vintage status! The Junos have been used by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, Enya, Sean Lennon, Sneaker Pimps, Vince Clarke of Erasure and Banco De Gaia.

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89 Visitor comments
September 18, 2011 @ 1:25 pm
i rediscovered this one big time.
it slept a few years, being overshadowed by the bigger polys, but we got it out again recently and it is just so convincing. what put me off a few years back was its simplicity which i perceived as a limiting factor to express my creativity.

now i find the limiting factor was me, assuming that complexity drives creativity. thats where the juno gets you - hook it to a pair of *properly* decent speakers and its clarity, pureness, power, punch and sufficient tweakability will blow you away.

a wonderful, musical, shining instrument this juno 6.
August 1, 2011 @ 11:13 am
Ask yourself this- do you really need MIDI and patch memory? The simplicity of this synth means that you can dial patches in super-quickly, and sampling it for later use doesn't take any more than 5-10 minutes depending on how many notes you want to sample. You can then use legato and layered detuning with your patches, overcoming its main shortcomings, in my opinion!

When you consider that it's less than half the price of a 60 or 106 (last time I checked), it's really not a bad investment- and these things are built like tanks too, will definitely outlast most of its competitors.
Paul FitzZaland
June 17, 2011 @ 5:16 pm
Johnathan, I've owned the Juno 6 and the 60 and and they are both excellent. They are virtually the same in every way except for the additional patch memory and DCB control found on the latter. The interface is so well laid out on these synths that it doesn't take any time to create/modify the sounds so the patch memory is a luxury but not a necessity.

The DCB on the Juno-60 is nice if you can also get a JSQ or MSQ sequencer. Otherwise it's not much use. You can get a MIDI upgrade but that adds extra costs. Buy a Juno-6 and use the extra cash on a TR-707 to sync the arpeggiator to MIDI!
Jonathan Bassett
June 13, 2011 @ 1:38 pm
I'm looking to buy a Juno, but which one is better; the 6 or the 60? I'm just starting out with analogue hardware and I'll probably use it on stage.
Any recommendations as to where and what I should get???
June 8, 2011 @ 5:57 pm
Tough choice to make between a Juno 6 or a Juno 106. :0
Very true that the Juno 6 does indeed sound warmer with a bit more punch but no memory or midi either... :/
I'd probably lean towards a 106 if they sold basically for the same price.
My Juno 6 did have one voice out, but it was fun to play the arpeggiator skipping a note
like this... I sold it for $175 and probably got robbed! Anyway, I still have my Juno 60 and Juno 106 so I don't really miss it! Juno 6/60 = the best Juno sound wise... Great well rounded synths to be sure!!!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - DCO: pulse, saw, and square
  • LFO - rate and delay
  • Filter - non-resonant high pass and resonant low pass
  • VCA - level, ADSR and gate
  • Keyboard - 61 note keyboard (no velocity or aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - External JSQ-60 Sequencer
  • Effects - Chorus (2 types)
  • Memory - None
  • Control - Filter Control In, Ext Clock In
  • Date Produced - 1982
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