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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Kevin
January 29, 2009 @ 6:38 am
Tell me about those space wooshes!! out of this world of da hook. i think the lfo could have more signal processors but i've used this synth at a fair ground once and it went down a storm on the roller coaster ride where the que was the biggest got mine back in 1943
planetplayer
January 12, 2009 @ 5:29 am
I played this in early 80's it is loud. No VCA level. Strong sounds and spacey sounds. Thick sounds with Sub-osc. Filter sweep with LFo is is great. The noise get swept too so you get space swooshes.
Mike
November 26, 2008 @ 10:16 am
This was my first analogue synth and I loved it to bits. It's capable of a wonderfully warm, powerful sound. Gigged with it to death and it never once let me down, which is something that couldn't be said for a couple of modern synths I won't name! The lack of patch memory is irrelevant, the Juno 6 has such a simple interface, you can knock up patches again in seconds. A fantastic instrument.
Mads
October 29, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
This baby rules. Its just a Juno 60 without memory. The Juno 6 has one thing which the Juno 60 dosent have. The High Pass Filter on the Juno 60 runs in 3 steps, which is very annoying. But the Juno 6 High Pass Filter has no steps. Thats nice!
Buy a Juno 106 instead of the Juno 6/60!
De Luca
October 15, 2008 @ 8:00 am
This was my first analog polysynth and I was very happy with it. The lack of patch storage forced me to think about what I was doing a bit more. It is a great sounding if somewhat basic unit.

What I paid a few years back, £120 GBP, was well worth it. I'd say today's (eBay inflated) prices, more in the £200+ region, make it less of a bargain. At these prices, I'd be looking more at a JP8000, MS2000, KS4 or similar.

It's a very good, very fun synth - but certainly not irreplaceable or unique.
 
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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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