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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Hexane a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
I could go on about the Juno's sounds but I feel compelled to write about the Juno 106's Reliability and Build Quality.

I have a typical assortment of ancient analogue, newer analogue, hybrid and fully digital based gear. Every last one of them has freaked out, error'ed, or broken at least once and ruined a musical process for me - except for one piece, the Juno 106.

My JX-8P has made some marvelous errors, the Digitech effects units have had their share of re-boots, the Sherman Filterbank seems to flake out sometimes with it's input amp, the OB-8 has gone silent before, and don't even get me started on the problems with the midi and audio computer interfaces.

After reading user reviews about the several new synths including the Alesis A6 "crashing" sometimes, it dawned on me that my Juno 106 has never, ever malfunctioned. Never missed a note, never crashed or locked up, never freaked out or needed a reboot / power cycle, or a "restore". Sure it may be lacking this-and-that fancy functions, cowbells and whistles, but what it does, it does it very well. All the time, every time. That's really remarkable when you think about a piece of technology that's been hauled around the world a few times and has probably had more than 2000 hours of 'on' time across a span of 19 years. Now I am just waiting for the little memory battery to go out anytime soon, it's never been changed...

Build quality seems great. I take care of it, but it has been dropped a few times, shame on me. Its been in storage, the studio, the desert, in the grass fields, in the smoky DJ booth, you name it. All of the sliders and buttons work, and the heavy steel+wooden construction has proven worthy.

It was always something I took for granted, a synth that just works. But in these times, I realize now that a synth that works right, all the time, is actually a "quality" worth mentioning! Flip on the power switch, hit your favourite patch button, and out from your keys flows the smooth Juno Juice. Every time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-12-2004 at 20:14
Gerry a part-time user from Australia writes:
I got my first 106 in 1984, loved it, played on a 60 and yes, the 106 should have had an arpeggiator. Sold the 106 2 years later and missed it for a long time. I bought another a little while ago, and this one will go with me to the grave. I'm writting this to try and help those who want to keep their unit even when all seems lost......yes i'm taking about the dissappering 6th note, that little chip that many 106's have lost their lives to. My unit suffered this only recently. The chip is almost impossible to find new and the second hand one's cost an arm and a leg, with no garranty it will keep working. I fixed mine, on my own, and it cost me 2 hours of my time. All you need is a soldring iron and a philips head screwdriver. Open the unit and you will see the module board(on your left)on it are 9 black chips that stand upright, it's the first chip on your left. Remove the board and carefully unsolder that chip. Here is the hard part, with your soldering iron scrape away at the resin that the chips incased in, be carefull as you get to the bottom not to damage the surface mounted components. That is where the problem lies, one or all of them suffer from dry joints(don't ask me how i found that part out). Once you have uncovered all of them....3x IC'S....5X Resistors....2x links....then you can resolder all of them with fresh solder. Replace the chip back in the module board and there you have it. My 106 works as if it was a new one. Hope this helps some one out there to keep playing... good luck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-27-2004 at 09:27
michael.geary a hobbyist user from England writes:
Only got mine a week ago but to be honest it is everything i hoped it would be . Seem to get a bit of noise on the outputs but i reckon that is down to age . Apart from that, it is very nearly a Juno6 with the bonus of memories and a MIDI spec which , in other words means it has just about got the lot . I have a Juno 6 and although i freely admit the sound is absolute magic and i don't think the 106 gets near , the lack of any MIDI makes it a poor relation for me as my synth skills rely more on programming than playing . This is why i bought the 106 and is probably the reason why the 6 will have to make way . Although i said the 6 sounds better than the 106 , i see no need to get too hung up on this as people don't generally listen to a song and say "Shame he didn't use a Juno6 there - it would have sounded better than the 106" so anyone making such comparisons is a little misguided in my view and should put their energy into making music. If your biggest concern regarding these 2 great machines is which one has a slightly better sound then i think you should give your equipment to someone who will enjoy it . Cheers

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-15-2004 at 16:41
Lex a part-time user from Sweden writes:
This is the best synth ever made. Easy, powerful and warm.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-10-2004 at 12:32
bob wilson a professional user from moldavia writes:
The Roland Juno-106 is primarily for achieving incredibly authentic emulations of ye ol' Juno60.Word to the wise the lcd's tend to dim or out right burn out after 20 or so yrs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-2004 at 22:06
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