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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Lamster
February 9, 2012 @ 6:52 pm
The Juno 6 DCO is both. its a hybrid the output sawtooth is a true analog output Smooth straight line on a scope, if it were digital it would look like a staircase. DCO is because its timed with digital electronics so that it is tuned and scaled correctly. Not sure exactly how it works but when you play a note it is reconised and there is a preprogramed divide down value from the master clock for that note. That sets the Chaging rate and the point at which it grounds and starts again. So it is Analog under digital Control. Pure DCO's tend to have more waveforms and can do pianos better
Brento
December 10, 2011 @ 12:27 am
Regarding the lack of patch memory, I liked this - I was using my Juno 6 in a kind-of space rock improv. band, and using it live meant that many of our songs sounded different every time. It encouraged me to come up with different textures each time we played: I loved it.
I eventually got hold of a manual - Roland used to provide a blank template of the patch panel so you could copy it and mark any patches you wanted to recall. I also used to sample sounds from it into an old EPS if I wanted to use them frequently.
At the moment, my Juno 6 needs to see the synth doc about a nasty cough...:)
Brento
December 10, 2011 @ 12:17 am
I bought my Juno 6 in 1997 along with an old Roland MP 700, both for $200 AUD. I remember that the Juno 6 on it's own was $50. Cool synth...

However, I've read the posts here (quickly) and it is often described as an analog synth. This is not entirely true: the oscillator is a DCO (Roland's solution for tuning stability), not a VCO. Also, I'm pretty sure the filter is 12dB per octave, not 24db per octave like on a Minimoog for example, or the Jupiter series. Of course back in the early 80's a JP8 cost nearly seven grand here in Oz, but the Juno 6 cost $1000, and a Juno 60 was about $1500.
fifth dimension
December 9, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
Someone is selling a "mint" Juno-6 locally for $900, but the est. value on here says $200-$350. Is it worth it? It also comes with the Kenton DCB-MIDI Converter.
Smoinync
November 10, 2011 @ 12:34 pm
Before i recently got this ju6, I got ju60 &106 but none of them work properly & waitin on cue for service . Which means I'd never had experieced any Junos in normal cond.
Finally here came the 6, arrived home with original case + damn blink cond, in normally working manner, it costed me $500. Had to admit that I just understood what was Juno that people been talking about for decades. :D
 
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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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