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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94 Visitor comments
March 10, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
Ahhh... this here ladies and gentleman is the Juno to buy! Have owned them all. My least favourite was the 106, I like the alphas and I love the Juno 60. Also had a '6 but, sorry, even if it is a simple synth the lack of patch storage really dragged me down, made me not want to program it because I knew I'd never be able to save the sounds, had the same problem with an SH-101 - both great sound character but just not fun to re-dial in sounds all the time. The beautiful Juno 60 solved that problem and sounds amazing too! That is why it's the most coveted Juno and worth more.
January 28, 2013 @ 7:01 pm
I own this polyphonic synthesizer for quite some time now. I bought it for 400 euros back 2 or 3 years ago. The price now in Europe is moving up really fast and I see them go away for 900 / 1300 Euros. It's definitely a classic analog from Roland. I love the sound, it's really fat and warm and it's really easy to mangle and create your own sounds. I love it for bass and warm strings. It's a great musical instrument that once you get your hands on it, it will give you inspiration! If you can get one, now is the time as I expect prices to rise even more in the near future.
January 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
This was my first synthesizer in '82. It does what it does, and it does it well. Run it through some modern effects, even stompboxes, and it really comes to life. The lack of MIDI can be a non-issue with several aftermarket MIDI kits available online. An ideal set-up might be to install MIDI and handshake with a synth that has a stereo input for effects processing.
January 17, 2013 @ 5:49 am
Beautiful in any way from the wood to the filter and the endless editing options. This boy knows the way around the mix and great to control when on stage. Been using it for a long time and it is wonderful for Funk solos as well.
January 11, 2013 @ 6:52 pm
I got one of these back in '85. MIDI was a revolution and the patch memory was incredible, but in the end you own a synth with one DCO per voice. You can chorus or PWM the heck out of that one DCO or try to strangle something interesting out of it with the filter, but it's still just one oscillator and that makes it very limited. Through MIDI I was able to stack a Yamaha FM synth with it and make some interesting combinations. Also, like many others, one of the voices went out after just five years.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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