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
May 21, 2009 @ 5:50 am
this machine is used by SIXTH JUNE, as well.....
May 12, 2009 @ 5:53 pm
"From UltraMaster comes the JUNO-6, an amazing new virtual replica of the Roland JUNO-6 "

It sounds like [beep] !
May 11, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
A bass player friend picked up one in 84 and asked me to write out some patches for it. My main analog synth at the time was a Poly61. (I also had the obligatory DX-7 in my rig.) This synth killed it. The filter sweeps could clear your colon. And those fill the entire mix synth pads and percussive bass lines. By the way you can keep your 106. There is a big sonic difference between a 6 /60 and that other Juno. After demo’ing the 106, I realized it sounded more like my Poly61 than a Juno. I bought a used Juno 60, saved some money and lived happily ever after. If you can afford only one cheap analog synth, don’t waste your time on the wannabees (poly800, JX-3, six-track, etc). This is the sh&t.
February 20, 2009 @ 11:12 pm
Yes it is pretty thin on features, but one has to admit that it makes excellent use of what's on offer - it's very hard to get a bad sound out of it. The arpeggios on this thing are excellent because the envelopes have fast attack times and the filters sound strong and squelchy.
I don't think it sounds particularly warm - perhaps warmer than an 80's-90's digital synth - but most other analogues of the Juno's era sound a heck of a lot warmer. But that certainly doesn't mean it sounds inferior, just different. It really is a great sounding machine that can fit easily into a lot of styles.
February 17, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
These machines are still going pretty cheap these days, I wasn't sure about getting one initially as I thought they looked far too simple but I wanted an analogue poly and managed to get one for £180 (MIDI retrofitted too!).

I should never have been put off by the lack of sliders or patch storage, this is a tweakable monster, a movement of nanometres, especially on the filter can transform a sound dramatically. As well as the expected gloriously warm pad sounds, the Juno-6 delivers a seriously punchy bass too. It's polyphony can be merged into an earth-shaking 6 oscillator monosynth too by keeping the hold switch down while turning the thing on...... which is nice.
I've not heard a 60 or a 106 but I really like this machine, in conjunction with a Korg MS-20 it's the warmest electro sound I've heard. Sure it sounds very 80s sometimes, but that's why we like vintage innit?
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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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