Synth Site: Roland: Juno 106 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Keith a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I found a Juno 106 for 150USD at a pawn shop, and it was near mint! This is the perfect 1st synth for beginners. You don't really need to read the manual. Just jump in and play with all the controls. It is much easier to program than the digital hybrids that only have one slider or dial. Hit both the poly buttons at once and stack all six voices up for a monophonic synth that has thundering bass sounds. I think I could actually blow the 15" drivers out of my EV Eliminators if I wanted to. On the down side, as others have mentioned, the chorus is somewhat noisy, but not terrible. To me though the biggist fault is that there is no way to know where a parameter is set on the default patches without moving a slider and then trying to find the place where it sounds the same (or you could use a midi editor, I suppose). My Korg DW-8000 has a separate display for the parameter settings, so you know where the baseline settings are (the Korg, however suffers from the single slider for editing and also doesn't sound as good to me). Also, some of the default patches are weak, but you can quickly fix this with a little editing. I originally bought this board to resale it, but since I have been experimenting with it, I have decided to keep it. It is just too much fun to play with! Definitely one of the better synths from the digital/analog hybrid era. If you can find one for less than 250USD, you would be getting a lot of bang for the buck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 19:36
Nate a part-time user from Canuckville writes:
I recently purchased the Juno 106 and I found it instantly warm and friendly. I was able to make great Michael Jackson stlye type basses (THRILLER) and also long acid sweaps and swells. The only problem is, I guess I wrote over those patches and I can't seem to recreate them (I am not the best analog architect, even though I have 4 analog synths, go figure) I am glad I bought this synth, it has character and it records midi data unlike the alpha juno series (awesome underated synth) I don't think I could have produced my last track without it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-15-2002 at 02:55
Nate a part-time user from Canuckville writes:
I recently purchased the Juno 106 and I found it instantly warm and friendly. I was able to make great Michael Jackson stlye type basses (THRILLER) and also long acid sweaps and swells. The only problem is, I guess I wrote over those patches and I can't seem to recreate them (I am not the best analog architect, even though I have 4 analog synths, go figure) I am glad I bought this synth, it has character and it records midi data unlike the alpha juno series (awesome underated synth) I don't think I could have produced my last track without it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-15-2002 at 02:54
Skum a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I'm not very impressed by the juno 106. I should have bought first when I was looking for my first synth. It's my fourth synth and I was hoping that the Juno could do more.

So, like everyone here says, if you are a beginner and looking for a first synth, try the juno 106. If not, look elsewhere I would say. I've bought it for 200USD with a custom hardshell case. I think the low price only motivated me to make this buy.

I love the chorus on it anyway. The unison mode gives a dipleasing cheesy sound in the high frequency registry.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-11-2001 at 17:55
DJ Unreal 303 ! a part-time user from San Luis Potosi, Mexico writes:
Very Good Synth =)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-15-2001 at 09:05
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