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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Mike Mafia
December 26, 2009 @ 8:12 am
I have one of these old Juno 6 synths sitting in a very nice flight case. Just took it out and played through it for the first time in 10 years. Still sounds fat, smooth, silky and real. A gorgeous synth if you can get over the crackles and pops from the sliding filters. And...yes I had it midi fitted about 12 years ago. Worth every penny!
dan barton
October 31, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
I have had this synth since 1984. I love it because it's a true live instrument. I have never been able to replicate some live instances simply because there are no presets. To some this is a nightmare, to me, it gave me moments that I knew full well I would never be able to truly repeat. This made each moment all the more memorable and special. In a pre-digital age, this was kinda the rule, but now, it's the exception. This was a bridge instrument between today's digital world and yesterday's analogue world. It was there when everything changed. If you love this synth, it says something about you. You live for the moment.
dream demolition fact
October 25, 2009 @ 4:13 am
A much-derided synth, mainly because Roland (cynically?) added all the decent MIDI stuff onto the Juno 60 within months of releasing the 6. HOWEVER: Amazingly warm evolving pads with bubbly LFO, slurpy filter, nice arpeggiator. It sounds much, much nicer than the 106, even if it is about 1/10 as flexible. The inbuilt chorus sounds are a bit too 80s for me, but they might suit some people, and you can always turn them off. It does only seem to have 'one sound', but it's a good sound.
JOE
September 21, 2009 @ 1:29 am
great synth, i would go for a yamaha cs 10 over this one any day of the week. much better than the juno 106 . give it a try
il
July 23, 2009 @ 11:05 pm
Better than the 106 (in reliabilty and warmth). Don't agree with the JX-3P comment below, diff synths for diff tasks. JX-3P could run rings around the Juno 6 for certain tasks, far more flexible.. however Juno 6/60 excell really well at their 'own' strengths (namely bass and fast envelope stuff).

Limited but nice synth and a classic.
 
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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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