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
September 19, 2010 @ 5:17 pm
Over-rated for the price they go for. Sold mine (took advantage of high current prices) as it bored me compared to Polysix, initially I thought I loved it (the nice Juno tone) but quickly found it's limits.
September 10, 2010 @ 6:50 pm
I love this synth,, warm sound.. Got poly 6 to .. it depands on what you want.. Polysix is more raw.. But presets,, pfff who cares cmon hé... :S ... I would never sell it never
May 14, 2010 @ 8:14 am
I agree with Son of MooG -- the Arpegiator on this synth was phenomenal - I did a whole conceptual project using nothing but the Juno 6's Arpegiator in 1984 - hear it here:

Happy days!
May 2, 2010 @ 7:22 am
My first 'real' analog synth was a Juno 6. Nice synth, got a bit bored of it's tone after a year or two. I now own a Polysix. I see these synths compared a lot (obviously) but for me the Polysix has a real 'magic' to it, both in use and sound. The Juno 6/60 is also a great synth but way over rated compared to the Polysix. I would never swap my P6 now for a J6/60. Remember that the P6 was almost twice the price of the J6 when released, for a reason - a reason that still shines through all these years later.

I feel a 3 is right for J6, a 4.5 for J60 and a 5 for P6. Having used them all. Unless you want that SPECIFIC juno tone for a bass (or strings) then P6 is going to give a lot more variety and analog magic.
Son of MooG
April 24, 2010 @ 9:16 am
The Juno-6 was my very first synth. Another chapter is the arpeggiator: never again i found a machine as inspiring as this chord-warper, although or because it's so simply built. I connected the clock-in with the gate-out of a Doepfer MIDI-CV/Gate-Interface and the CV-out with the Filter-in of the Juno-6. Guess what happened? Precisely: pitch-related filter-control in MIDI-timing,each ARP-step triggered by incoming Note-on-messages. I didn't need to store my sounds, because they were rebuild in seconds (in fact, even nowadays i seldom store my sounds on modern machines, because i rarely use them twice).
There has been a design study by Uli Behringer for a possible rebirth of a Juno-like synth with MIDI at the cost of 500,-€ by the name of PHAT-108 , and in spite of pure academic nature i hope that it may come to pass in the near future. I think there'd be lots of folks who wait for something like this...
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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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