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
January 21, 2009 @ 10:26 pm
I wonder how the Juno stacks up against the Korg Polysix?
love the Junos. have a 106, would not mind aquiring a Juno 60 if the price was reasonable.
January 10, 2009 @ 10:57 pm
This is my second favourite. Very top quality sounds. Sounds spacious. Played it in early 80's. Nice build as well as Jupiters.
I have played all the 3 of the original Jupiters. Saturn 09, RS-09, original 2 Junos(6,60) and ProMars. Also RS-505,SVC-350, System 100, SH-7. I wish I had them all. Later I was playing the MKS-80 and MKS-70, JX-3P,Juno-106,SH-101, TB-303, TR-808, JX-8P, JX-10P Alpha Junos, D-50,D-20, D-70, JD-800, JP-8000,JP-8080 then V-SYNTH. I love making sounds and this is what pleases my as well as a Jupiter 8. The Juno-60 is heavy sounding as with the Jupiter 8 and the Saw/Pulse, Sub osc, Noise combo in the Juno-60 can be very cosmic. It is the Juno and and Jupiter are quick to program the sound you want if you are an expert. Multiple screens and Midi not needed.
January 7, 2009 @ 12:32 pm
Only the Juno 60 had a DCB control. (Digital Control Bus). It didnt have DIN.
The Juno 106 dosent have a thinner sounds. The sub square wave is perfect in sync and pitch with the saw and pulse wave. Unlike on the Juno 60/6 were the sub square wave is way to ´´dirty´´.
January 7, 2009 @ 2:58 am
Arguing that the Juno 106 has MIDI and more memory than the Juno 60 and is therefore a better synth is absurd. These are instruments – it makes sense to judge them by their sound and sound capability, no?

On the subject of MIDI, it's not like there is no external control with either of these earlier predecessors – they simply used Din-sync, which is a proprietary, non-standard communication protocol invented by Roland for use with Roland products before the standardization and public acceptance of MIDI. There are many Din-sync to MIDI 2-way converters available in the marketplace today.
January 7, 2009 @ 2:58 am
I have to agree with Chris here. Anyone who knows about these synths knows about the voice architecture/capability of the Juno 6 and 60 vs the 106. Sure, the 106 has more modern features, like MIDI, but it's sounds are thinner and lack the character of either the Juno 6 or 60.

The Juno 6 and 60 voice architecture is actually identical, save for the fact that presets can be stored on the Juno 60 - that's the only difference.
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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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