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
November 1, 2012 @ 1:49 am
I was suprised, but I ended up preferring the Juno 2 (Alpha Juno) to the 6 I owned! Yes this has that slightly older/more vintage tone and no doubt a nicer filter but it's simple to the point of being boring. The Juno 2 has such a weird/unique setup it is infinitely more interesting to program and still sounds great anyway! The price difference (mostly down to sliders and hype) is ridiculous. Juno 2 for ~£300 Juno 6 for £450 Juno 60 for £650+? J6 over-rated (not even patch storage which annoyed the F*** outta me in the end) J2 under-rated
October 6, 2012 @ 9:20 pm
vr, I own a Juno-6 and two Juno-60's. The only difference I know of is the HPF (High Pass Filter). On the Juno-6 it is a continuously variable fader. On the Juno-60 it is a 4 position switch. The switch is very hard to come by and usually can't be repaired. The fader is usually easier to replace or repair. Yes they sound different, because you can't get the "in between" sounds with the switch. I usually leave it at minimum unless I'm trying to make the Roland sound thinner, like a Korg *hides*. If you really don't care about the patch memory or DCB connector, save a few bucks and buy a Juno-6.
October 4, 2012 @ 3:26 pm
ok so whats the difference in sound between Juno-6 and Juno-60, anybody who OWNED both of them and can compare - it says "Both of these synths sound virtually the same" - in other words that means "they sound a bit different" - id like to buy JUNO-6 or JUNO-60 but i dont have a chance to compare... which one is better sonically - i dont care about patch memory - i want the best sounding JUNO... thanks
Andreas Sandberg
September 7, 2012 @ 5:06 am
I've owned this instrument since 1995 and I love it. Previously I used it for playing live chords, basslines and create effects. Recently I've use the arpeggio clock to sync it with MIDI through audio signals from another device, such as a drum machine. Fun to play with and it sounds great. Glad I didn't sell it...
September 5, 2012 @ 10:47 am
not overly complex but at least in my setup hands down the best sounding synthesizer. you won't approach it for the far out stuff you'd get e.g. out of something as tripped out as an OB12, but you will turn to it for the beautiful, "expensive" sounding elements.

no a physics lab but a mature, very very well sounding instrument. highly recommended.
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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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