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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commodorejohn
April 30, 2013 @ 7:56 pm
@scowl, @box: If you think that a simple architecture prevents you from getting good sounds from a synthesizer, you really need to look into the subject more. Just look at some of the things that have been done with the SID chip in the Commodore 64 - that was only one oscillator per voice, and only one global filter to boot! The Juno-60 has individual filters for each voice, an LFO, and on-board chorus to boot - if you can't get good sounds out of *that,* you aren't trying. All it takes it fifteen minutes on YouTube to see that the Juno-60 is capable of some amazing stuff.
Box
April 7, 2013 @ 3:32 am
I'll never understand the current prices. I guess it's due to all the collectors and electro "musician" fan boys. $400-500 was a stretch for what it was really worth. It's a terribly limited synthesizer, you'd be better off with the JX-8P or Alpha Juno for the "Roland Sound". My only regret is I didn't buy more of them to sell off for real synthesizers like the Jupiter. Oh well...
donn
April 4, 2013 @ 5:50 am
this is the one synth i hope they never reissue. i was happy to see the minimoog and im excited about the ms20 mini but this is so perfect that i think it should be left alone and no one should ever attempted to recreate it.
Haza
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.
pat
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.
 
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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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