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
Analogical Captain
August 20, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
I got the EXACT opening sound of Save a Prayer by Duran Duran purely by fiddling. That brought closure to a long held mystery. Great arpeggiator too. Can get some psychedelic spacey Hillage/Ozrics like sounds with that going.
June 5, 2013 @ 11:36 pm
I regret the day I sold mine. Feel like a complete idiot. I want one of these bad again. Anyone have one they are looking to sell in good condition?
April 27, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
Just picked up a mint Juno 6 this morning and love the sound it makes. there's no midi obviously and had thought about getting a retrofit, but I only wanted to sync the Arp...Plugged in my iPad with Korg iElectribe, made a short, pulse sound and it syncs the Arp brilliantly...didn't think it would work...took a bit of messing about though to get the preset right :)
Pulse Emitter
April 17, 2013 @ 3:00 am
my first analog synth, purchased in the mid 90's. was a great synth to learn on! very easy to understand and good sounding. eventually not the best for what i wanted which was smooth, ambient pads. still, a solid board, a classic. i see a lot of these on stage here in Portland, Oregon, and it’s a great synth for that purpose, good sounding, hands on, reliable, but not so expensive you’re afraid to take it out of the house!
Paul FitzZaland
April 2, 2013 @ 11:37 am
Why are people so hung-up on memory? How many violins, pianos or electric guitars have patch storage? With a little practice, talent, and skill any instrument can sound awesome. Besides, isn't knob twisting, fine adjustment, and random accidents all part of the fun of owning a vintage synthesizer?

I had both a Juno-60 and a Juno-6 but I eventually got rid of the 60. There was just something about the 6 that made it more compelling. Eventually I replaced my 60 with a Juno-106 for MIDI sequencing but I still find myself dialing-in the sounds manually.

Each to their own I guess.
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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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