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Roland Juno 60

 

 

synthesizer from mid 80

audio demo trend price : 1000€
manual service manual factory patch demo video comments

ROLAND JUNO 60 (1982)

 

Famous analog polyphonic synthesizer from the beginning of the eighties: the Juno 60 was an enhancement from the previous Juno-6 but basically they are exactly the same.

Two years later, Roland launched the successor, the mighty 106 with Midi features keeping same synthesis structure but different hardware.

dco oscillators

juno60 edit

info KEYBOARD (weights 12 Kg. ) 61 keys with no Velocity nor Sensibility.
The design is an hybrid between woody seventies and plastic eighties, big and impressive, especially when compared to the cousin model 106.
The main panel is definitively well-organized featuring 27 push buttons, 21 pot sliders and 6 position switches. On the left side there is a bender for pitch and modulation (plus double sliders for value assignment amounts) a big white button for LFO retrigger restart, Volume and a 3-positions switch for octave height LOW-MID-HIGH .
Back panel terminal connectors: stereo out (3 impedance levels) Headphones out, Cutoff CV control, Clock IN for arpeggio, Tape interface, double pedal IN for patch change and sound HOLD and finally the DCB interface control.

ac Power supply is internal.

edit VOICE the main core CPU NEC D8049C manages 6 * analog oscillators DCO digitally controlled.
The synthesis is analog Subtractive mainly based on VCA BA662 yes! exactly like the famous Jupiter 8 or even the much more modest JX3p but also for filter IR3109 and Chorus effect circuit MN BBD.

dco oscillators

wave WAVEFORM oscillators DCO have different summable waveforms: a square with variable width (assignable to LFO or EG) Triangle, white noise + a Square sub-oscillator with fixed volume (octave can be added to the oscillators).
Overall sound is quite classic: all that sonorities from many hits including lush strings, pads, ringing brass and LOT of fun with arpeggiated basslines!
Some little weaknesses: do not expect too much complex patches since the signal path is quite limited to the few panel functions, in addition bass is NOT that punchy even if a SUB OSC helps.

dco oscillators

wave TESTMODE there is a kind of trick to access secret area for unison play for fattening up a bit: turn on the synth with the KEY-TRANSPOSE pressed, then select one of the 3 test modes with the arpeggiator switch position: UP for Unison, UP-DOWN rotate voice at each note and in DOWN mode the voice count restarts always from voice 1 if available, if not the second one, then third one and so on.

adsr ENVELOPE based on 6 * IR3R01 generates one EG (fast enough) per voice with 4 segments ADSR for VCA and VCF.
The VCA EG is triggered also with GATE mode following exactly the key pressure on the keyboard.

filter FILTER one excellent IR3109 per voice: multimode analog filter with resonant LOW-PASS 4 poles and a very simple non resonant HPF with 4 preset stepped value from 0 to 100% Cutoff: the LPF sounds great!

lfo LFO one oscillator with a single Triangular waveform modulates both DCO pitch and the VCF Cutoff. The relative frequency range is from 0 to 20hz with variable time Delay engage or directly triggered pushing the LFO TRIGGER button.

lfo CV filter cutoff can be driven by an external tension

effect MEMORY holds up to 56 Patch Memories (8 sounds in 7 banks) in non-volatile RAM. Soldered battery type CR-1/3N 3V that you should change when you noticed some saved sounds going crazy.
The entire memory can be saved or loaded only by TAPE Interface, or in alternative using a computer WAV file hooked to the synth- you can download the Tape Restore file in the right column for free.

arp

adsr UPGRADE there are many Midi options now available on the market. A must-buy worth every euro!

effect RELATED MACHINES

juno 6 Juno6 is quite the same with no memory, no DCB. The HPF slider is full and non-stepped
jsq60 and md8

Jsq60- old school sequencer

Md-8 dcb interface for Midi. Quite obsolete.

 


demo

AUDIO DEMO

*along with Drum machine Soundmaster st305

VIDEO CLIP SELECTION

ROLAND JUNO 60 Roland Juno-60 Roland Juno 60 single synth demo
ROLAND JUNO 60 Roland Juno-60 demo Roland Juno 60 single synth demo

 

roland juno60 and cat
the lovely Tesla!

 

roland juno60 and cat
and Mimì! lush cats!

 



dco oscillators
geek test: 106 vs 60

 

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manual

- a classic!
- solid!
-arpeggiator!

manual

-1 Osc
- limited panel control
-not so impressive on bass


comment
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OPINION

"Love it! for warm strings, EBM arpeggio basslines, or some crispy brass. Underestimated for years, they are getting every day more expensive."



 

 

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