Synth Site: Roland: Juno 106 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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D'Sean from Korea South writes:
Very limited synth when compared with nowdays VA's. I bought it about 4 month's ago(Korea). Dreaming how much warmth I'll get, how much analog sounds I'll get. But now I end up selling it away. Of course I read the rewiews before buying it, But after playing it for few month I started realizing that this Juno is bit overdated... yes, the sounds are very creamy, warm... But what the hell? It has 1DCO, 1 midi Channel available, and the sounds you can make is very limited then I thought it would be. oh, and you will get to spend more money on fixing it then buying it. still it has sounds that only juno's can make, but I don't think it worth enough to spend money on.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-14-2002 at 06:06
CubiQue a hobbyist user from Germnay writes:
Just got my Juno-106 a few days ago, and my nights suddenly got a lot shorter! It's an instant tweaking-fun monster, I'm really impressed with the ease of use. So, yeh, it's my first synth and stuff.. blahblah, apart from a Roland D-110, which is a bitch at programming.

My Juno is mint, together with a heavy flightcase it came for EUR 380,- on ebay. I just wondered about the wooden base (mind you, I know lotsa vintage gear has wood somewhere, but as the base?) or is that perfectly normal?

Anyway, I'll rate it a proper 4,5/5, for me at the moment at least. When I'm feed up with it I can easily resell it, but at the moment I don't feel that'll happen too soon :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-20-2002 at 07:20
Drew Bennett a hobbyist user from England writes:
Any body that says that this synth is limited just doesn't know how to use it right. Once you own a Juno you don't get rid of it. Ok the Juno 106 is not as punchy as the Juno 60 but hell it's one or the best synths anyone could have in their set up. Let me say that I also own a Jupiter 8 and even that synth is not as smooth/warm as the Juno 106 and certainly not the 60. Why the hell is it so popular amongst proffesionals if its a starter synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-18-2002 at 09:53
chris a professional user from USA writes:
Got my JUNO 106 several years back from a crack-head neighbor of mine for $80. It was missing fader heads, and had a weird "crackling" on some patches when it warmed up. I spent another $150 getting it cobbled back together (luckily someone at the music store I frequented had a "dead" one that we could use for parts).

I'm certainly no hardcore synthesis (singer/guitar player) but I've learned TONS about sound creation on this unit. I also have a couple ensoniq boards (ESQ 1 & SQ1+)and an old korg poly 800, but as I'm sure everyone knows they don't have the knobs and faders that the JUNO has. I love the immediacy of the JUNO's sound sculpting-you move a fader, etc-you hear something different!

I've done a few songs where I've replaced what I did on my other boards with JUNO tracks (esp when it was done with a digital emulation of an analog sound!)

I agree with the person who posted earlier about the presets-I don't even know what they are supposed to be, but this unit is about MAKING SOUNDS-and it DOES THAT-VERY WELL!

I haven't yet got to the point where I'm going to run it through external fx, but my curiosity is definetly up!

I'd tell anyone that it is a worthwhile purchase, if you can find it under $400, there are tons of resources on the web for the JUNO. I don't use it live-when I get a sampler it will be sampled, right now it's recorded to cd w/drums as a backing track.

Well that's my 2 pennies-keep making music-


"what if the hokey pokey really IS what it's all about??"

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-16-2002 at 15:02
Keith Middlemass a hobbyist user from Hawick, Scotland writes:
I've got some older type synths including Jupiter 6, Moog Source, Korg Poly 800, Polysix, Delta, Casio CZ1 blah blah and a Juno 106. I think it's great. Maybe not as powerful sonically as say the Jupiter but that's not the point. Not everyone could afford a JP6 and the Juno range designed for us mere mortals. It was pitted against the cheaper Korg Poly 800 when released but neither sounded alike, and they're both good synths. The Juno is a well constructed versitile synth which is sonically appealing with usable Midi features. Some say it's great only for beginners or as a second synth, I say not. It's a pro synth from the mid 80's and shouldn't be compared with todays technology either as its simply moved forward. That said, a lot of newer synths can't hope to emulate the Juno or other analogues because of cheaper virtual technology and competition / price restrictions. How much would it cost to build one now? I've used this synth while composing and recording and has suprised me time and again with sounds that you wouldn't expect. My advice, if you love it cherrish and use it, if not sell it to someone who will. These are some of the more common Roland analogues but are obviously getting rarer due to wear and tear. There's many a song with the Juno starring and with good reason. I'll never sell mine. Och aye thi noo!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-10-2002 at 08:16
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