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7 dicembre 2011

Roland Juno 60 (1984)

According to Vintage Synth Explorer, the Roland Juno 60 is “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.

My Juno is coupled with a more contemporary Pro-DCB external box from Kenton, that provides DCB to MIDI translation and a lot of other features like arpeggio clock syncronization with MIDI clock.


The following video is a demo from WC Olo Garb (Poland):


Here some useful links about this synthesizer:

RetroSound Resources: a lot of infos, manual and Factory BankA and Factory BankB, Patchlist and many other things.

Midipolis Minerva: an hardware upgrade to full midize your Juno 60 for very few bucks, compared the declared features!

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