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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timplanetmars
March 23, 2012 @ 5:33 am
My favourite synth of all time. Never pretend that it can do everything. In some ways it is very limited. BUT it exceeds at the things it does well and have never found a synth that can do them better. The 106 in my opinion was not as good because it was too nice. Like a MiniMoog or a Fender Rhodes you will always pick it for a specific sound you need...
Sonic boy
March 21, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
My first synth together with Korg Polysix.
The Juno 6 is a simple 1 DCO synth. Great for learning. My son got one last year for 150 US. Many clever guys, sell *vintage analog* if its over 250 US go and get a SH-201, GAIA, or JX-3P. Its wasting money to pay over 250 US.
Richard
March 9, 2012 @ 9:10 am
An elegant balance between usability and function, and forever a great way into subtractive synthesis. Strings/pads, basses, soft leads and Enya harps just roll out of it without too much effort, it looks great and its still not THAT expensive. Alas, the Roland name means it IS overpriced, and getting worse. The people's classic.
Liam
February 25, 2012 @ 9:46 am
Got one off ebay for £90 2 years ago. Price was due to 2 missing slider caps and a non working midi retrofit. Quick go with a soldering iron and the built in midi worked, I don't understand these things but resoldering the midi socket seemed to work (only two wires to midi in?) Got the slider caps replaced and it works a dream now. Phenomenally warm sounding synthesizer, I particularly like the filter- the slightest nudge creates whole new soundscapes. This synth is deceptively simple. It's a workhorse in my studio, every new riff I write I think " I wonder what this sounds like on the Juno?"
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
 
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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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