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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cole
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.
BeN-HuR
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.
scowl
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.
Mark
December 3, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
Bryan, No, this isn't really made to emulate acoustic instruments. Plus you can only play six notes at a time. It doesn't respond to velocity either so expressive playing on this type of synth is very different from on traditional keyboard.
Bryan
December 3, 2012 @ 11:18 am
Are there any good Acoustic Piano sounds and Electric piano sounds on this machine?
 
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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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