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
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?
October 20, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
Also used by Béla Jankai from the Hungarian new wave band Prognózis. Here is a music video
from 1984!
October 8, 2013 @ 10:49 am
richard , what are you talking about? if you have one sounds like you need to spend some more time with it.... maybe youve just bought the wrong synth... pad sounds ??
August 28, 2013 @ 7:51 pm
OK synth but seriously overpriced for what it does. Not really a bass synth
like the SH101, makes half decent pads but sounds mostly like a fruit machine.
August 6, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
People complaining about the current Juno-60 prices are just being ignorant trolls. The original price was $1,795 back in 1982. When adjusted for inflation, that comes to $4,203 in today's money. These synthesizers have excellent build quality, sound amazing and rarely break down, so it's worth every penny. The reason prices keep going up are because the few new polysynths out on the market are still more expensive than the Junos. In addition to that, the Juno has a distinctive sound of it's own that has stood the test of time, much like the TB-303. It's become a part of history.
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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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