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).

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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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94 Visitor comments
June 25, 2010 @ 7:29 pm
I dont care what they say. Listen with youre ears in person. Dont believe the type. If youre using soft synths or VAs this or the juno106 are youre best bets. Theyll really make you poop when you hear what real analog sounds like. I actually think I like the juno series BEST because theyre TOTALLY affordable and sound effing sweet in comparison to VA GARBAGE. Get yourself a Juno 106 OR 60 theyre both fine and a CS10 and youve got MAD ground covered. Juno for brilliance, CS for bass fatness. As I type I'm realizing I rather like these over the jupiters and the prophets cause theyre your everyday working mans synths. the tool everyone can afford and still do amazing work. These are like the AK47 of the synth world and I love em for it. Lets just avoid biding wars and keep the prices down. theres enough juno to go around.
June 10, 2010 @ 1:43 pm
Just got a Juno-60 a few days ago, and man does this thing rip. After coming from a Nord Lead 2x... which I thought sounded fat as hell, it seems that VA is a valiant attempt at analog, but man oh man does it not even come close. This thing is remarkable, especially with only 1 oscillator. The chorus is a nice touch, and lets you add a bit more dynamic movement. I have a DCB->MIDI box too, so it's working just fine in my home recording setup. The Nord was a great tool to learn the ins and outs of subtractive programming, but I feel bad because this much less versatile machine sounds so much better! Seriously contemplating selling the Nord for something else now...

Very pleased with the Juno-60!
May 16, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
had one but sold it few years ago, was very good, loved it, but had no midi - so it had to go...
Paul Soulsby
March 20, 2010 @ 5:01 am
Possibly my favourite synth of all time, simply because of the versatility and sound all for a cheap price (well mine cost £250 in '97). Built like a tank, it can do every classic analogue sound you could want, has memories and is great for live as well as in studio. Obviously it'll never do Moog bass as well as a Moog or fat brass as well as Oberheim or crunchy moduated sounds aswell as Sequential, but if you want a bit of everything this is the one! There's a few hidden features to be found too!
Analog Judy
March 12, 2010 @ 11:02 am
Yet another commentator with only a vague clue what they're talking about when it comes to DCOs. The chip you refer to is a digital counter that produces pulses at a rate divided from a master clock. It does not produce any sound you hear, only the timing for it. The audio is produced by a charged capacitor as in a traditional VCO. The Juno 106 and 60 are sawtooth core oscs, but instead of the cap being told to discharge by a voltage comparator, it is instead signaled by the pulses produced by the aforementioned (very stable) counter. The cap itself is charged by a voltage produced by the CPU through a D/A convertor. THIS IS BEFORE THE AUDIO SIGNAL PATH. The ANALOG output of the DCO is a saw wave (same as VCOs) which is then shaped to produce the other waveforms (same as VCOs). You're right about the timing, but that's about all you're right about. There is a charge capacitor, and the audio path is entirely analog. Half an education is worse than no education at all, IMAO. Cheers;)
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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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