Synth Site: Roland: Juno 106 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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mark hague a hobbyist user from jamestown writes:
sorry to say but the juno 160 snds to my experienced ears very tinny, metallic and thin. mind you its capable of making great reed emulations along with amazingly realistic gongs and dulcimers for days.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-2004 at 21:57
* a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
The Juno 106 is a pretty good synth. Prices are starting to become more realistic again after reaching the $1,000(AUD) mark a few years back. They now go for around $600 - $700(AUD) and must be about the only analogue synth who's value has recently depreciated. There's just so many of them out there. In terms of sonic capability, you're better off going for the Juno 60 or the 6, because unless you're prepared to use it in a MIDI set-up, the 106 misses out on so much by having lost the arpeggiator. I have a Juno 6 and a friend of mine had the 106. The 106 just isn't as fun to play! You can make so many different sound effects and crazy noises with the 6/60's arpeggiator. It's almost like having a second LFO. If you compare the beefiness/warmth of the 106 with the 6/60, there is really only a subtle difference, but it is noticable. The 106 sounds a bit thinner, but it's still got a good sound. There is audible stepping on the 106's VCF cut-off, which is really annoying, and the envelopes aren't as quick as on the 6/60, though the latter's release time is not nearly long enough. On the other hand, the 106 has (polyphonic) portamento, which gives it certain sonic possibilities out of the 6/60's league, but that still doesn't make up for the lack of arpeggiator. Incidentally, the Juno 106's designer, Ikutaro Kakehashi is quoted as saying that "...(the 106) overall is about 80% digital and 20% analogue".

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-2004 at 07:34
Markus a professional user from Germany writes:
There are a lot of people around here who own this synth for a rather short time ... owning it for a few years, now, I would like to say that this a synthesizer you do not want to sell, once you have got one ... I also own a very good virtual analogue synth (the Waldorf Micro Q Keyboard) and have played many other VAs (like all the Clavia Nord Synths and the Access Virus), I have owned a few other analogue synths (like an Oberheim Matrix 6 or a Korg Poly 61 for example) and I love soft synths like the Arturia Moog Modular and the Novation V-Station, but I will never sell my Juno 106, although the possibilities to create sounds with this synth are very limited (it has only one DCO and a sub-oscillator and only one envelope). The main thing is that its sound beats all the others (including VAs and soft synths)!!! Nevertheless I agree with the one who wrote that a Juno 106 is not exactly the first choice for basses - there are monophonic analogue synths wich are better for basses - like the Waldorf Pulse.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-30-2003 at 09:21
The Malpaso Man a professional user from In the UK writes:
I have to comment on this fantastic synth, that i just happen to own for over 10 years now, produces some nice lush to speaker shaking basses as well as mad-fx sounds, but it really comes alive when you put it through an fx box or two. I usually use a distortion pedal for those prophet-5 type sync sounds with my Juno in unison mode. But after 10 years of use, my juno is exhibiting those tell-tale signs of age, the custom IC chips Roland used in the 106 are beginning to go, I get a dead note (stuck) every 6th key in poly mode 1, and Roland have no more spares which means you have to buy another Juno-106 and salvage that for spares. So I have to find some way to keep my 106 alive and kicking, although she still rocks in poly mode-2 and unison.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-22-2003 at 17:28
The Malpaso Man a professional user from In the UK writes:
I have to comment on this fantastic synth, that i just happen to own for over 10 years now, produces some nice lush to speaker shaking basses as well as mad-fx sounds, but it really comes alive when you put it through an fx box or two. I usually use a distortion pedal for those prophet-5 type sync sounds with my Juno in unison mode. But after 10 years of use, my juno is exhibiting those tell-tale signs of age, the custom IC chips Roland used in the 106 are beginning to go, I get a dead note (stuck) every 6th key in poly mode 1, and Roland have no more spares which means you have to buy another Juno-106 and salvage that for spares. So I have to find some way to keep my 106 alive and kicking, although she still rocks in poly mode-2 and unison.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-22-2003 at 17:25
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