Roland Juno-60

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Among the first in Roland's amazing Juno family! Six analog voices of polyphony and patch memory storage!! The Juno-60 sounds great, however, like the Juno-6 it lacks MIDI control. The Juno-60 includes 56 patches of memory storage. The Juno-60 is still popular due in part to opinions that it sounds better (punchier) than the Juno-106. The Juno-6 and 60 are very rich sounding synthesizers and are great analog machines as long as you can withstand the absence of MIDI control. The JSQ-60 sequencer is an external sequencer controller for the Juno-60 and is usually worth acquiring. Of course nobody can deny that the wooden side panel look is a true sign of Vintage status! Junos have been used by Enya, The Cure, Sean Lennon, Faithless, Astral Projection, Vince Clarke, Rabbit in the Moon, Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls, Olive, Dee-Lite, Howard Jones, Locust, Eurythmics and Add N to (X).

Cool Tips:
The Juno-60 can have 76 patches. By pressing down nr 5 and 1 or 2, at the same time, you get access to patch 57 to 76.

To access patches 80 to 98, (dead-patch) plug a cord into the PATCH SHIFT connector. Now you can access the test-programs 80-98: Keep 5 down and press 3 for bank 8, 5 and press 4 for bank 9.

Fire the Juno up with the KEYTRANSPOSE button pressed and the arpeggio mode-switch up to enter MONO-MODE. All 6 voices will be assigned to the last key pressed.

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Draven5
July 21, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
My demo here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDsXhCx0PpQ

People say it's limited but so what. So is a guitar, piano, ect. This synth sounds great and if you like its sound then that's all you need. You cannot get a polyphonic synth with this build quality (metal) in this day and age so even paying 1 grand or more makes sense when you can crush a DSI with it. Also the sound of the filter and oscs are unmatched now in this day and age with any other poly. Something like a DSI is aggressive but not as fluid sounding. In fact in comparison a DSI is a bit thin.
Richard
June 6, 2014 @ 6:36 pm
@ Toby bought it sold it.
If anyone's thinking of getting into synthesis don't bother with this unless it's really cheap.
Bought one for 180 with midi retrofit. Is so overpriced now. Can produce decent pads barely.
It's good to have a full size keyboard which can inspire you but it's prob not what your looking for.
James
February 11, 2014 @ 2:52 pm
I agree with the last post - the Juno 60 is a nice synth but the Polysix is several leagues above in sound and variety. You can *almost* get any Juno 60 from a VA if you try hard enough, you can NOT get close to the Polysix in digital (and that includes Korg's own VSTi's)
Peter B
January 6, 2014 @ 6:21 pm
Great Roland Synth, I've had mine for about 30 years now and still performs wonderfully.
Sounds are great but I prefer the Korg Poly Six from about the same era. The sliders tend to get dusty more so than knob covered pots. Very sold construction and a Roland classic.
Recommended if you can get a good unit at a reasonable price
Phil
December 3, 2013 @ 7:14 pm
A stunning synth. It's single DCO architecture is it's strength - you don't a have a lot to play with so you really do make the most of what you've got. From melodic chimes, convincing electric pianos through to lush pads, massive basses and weird FX this can do it all. The arp opens up a world of experimentation and when running at full speed with the PWM selected and chord played you have an instant C64 soundtrack :) It will speak to other gear via DCB > MIDI and sync to an external clock. Looks fantastic, sounds amazing and lovely to play. What's not to love?
 
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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
  • Arpeg/Seq - External JSQ-60 Sequencer
  • Keyboard - 61 note keyboard (no velocity or aftertouch)
  • Control - DCB Roland to Roland sync/interface (Roland MD-8 converts DCB to MIDI for MIDI control)
  • Date Produced - 1982

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