Synth Site: Roland: Juno 106 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Andréas Gunillasson from anti303 writes:
Good for pads,leads and bass-sounds

very easy to use, and great with the legato mode, poly 2, you use the attack time to do those sweepsounds, try to switch it to negative response and you will get those famous minilead sounds.

posted Friday-Aug-20-1999 at 20:11
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
Sorry man, I did actually think that was fairly open ended -- leaving loads of room for improv, obviously you're the type who's glass is always half empty. Baseless criticism is a waste of our time.

With that said, the 106 is the plain vanilla of keyboards -- nothing too special aside from having a slider for all the parameters which can be doodled with real time. DCO osc's, single enevelope, single lfo, one type of noise (white), chorus effect(noisy), polyphonic portamento (really cool), osc sync (all 6 produce one note, ie. stacked, sounds much better, fat if you like.)

The bad: Crappy IC's go out, you will probably lose a voice if you own your 106 for more than a couple of years, poor construction and design caused this, I've replaced my voice chips on two seperate occasions, which is a real bummer, they're not expensive to fix, but when you have a gig in a week and it takes them 6 to 8 weeks to fix your board its a real bummer. Noisy volume control, noisy chorus, weird midi response some times, seems as though the midi implentation on the 106 is slow, don't expect 480 tpqn resolution from the 106 it isn't going to happen, so fast parts can sound really sloppy especially with portamento engaged -- this can be overcome but can be a real pain in the but too. Sounds really pale in comparison to my Juno-6, much more mettalic sounding, kind of thin in poly mode, stack the osc's for a bigger sound. If this sounded as good as a Juno-6/60 it would be amazing, it simply isn't as full as the aformentioned other juno's, but has a unique timbre of it's own, really suited for industrial music me thinks, sounds can be very hard and angular.

Great place to start out on analog synthesis, good external design makes for easy easy editing on the fly, cheap price, easy to fix but factor in frequent repairs for bad voice ic's, no manual required, plenty of patch storage, all in all a good keyboard -- but not the god-send people make these out to be.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-20-1999 at 14:59
Jeremy a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Wow! So many reviews on this thing! Well, here's my 2 pennies... This is my, admittedly, first "real" synth. At first, I was thinking I had made a bad decision to pick one up because everything that came out of it sounded the same... Well, in time that changed when I really started experimenting with it. It's very easy to learn your way around since all the parameters are right there in front of you assigned to various sliders, switches, and buttons. I have so much fun just coming up with sounds and turn those sounds into new sounds... It's so fun to play around with those sliders and hear instantaneously what you're doing! Granted, I am discovering it's limitations like there's a shared envelope for the DCO and VCF(most of the programming books I'm learning from call for separate envelopes alot of the time so I have to improvise alot and come up with very interesting results...), there's a buzzy sound(maybe this is just because I live so close to radio towers and am not using any sort of power conditioning...?), and trying to get it midied up to my sequencer has been a bit of a pain(any help getting it working with cakewalk would be greatly appreciated!). Of course, this is an "entry-level" synth though and it has been serving it's purpose for me very much! I'll eventually upgrade to something more extravagant, but this one will be close by! Enough of my babbling... Make your own judgements and try it out for yourself!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-20-1999 at 00:27
Scott Bronson a professional user from USA writes:
I just got mine and I love it! It sounds totally cool!! Awesome realtime control. I got it used and I will never sell it. Extremely cool!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-13-1999 at 22:29
Benny D a part-timer user from USA writes:
The 106 is a solid analog board as long as you have a decent controller/sequence. Some of the sub-bass sounds are a genuine growl that I haven't heard from any other analog machine! Somehow the pulse wave modulation slider reminds me of an atari-ish type of sound, or whatever it's bad-ass especially with the chorus on II. The SUB square ocsillator also is a sweet effect. A steal if you can get it at or under $300.00!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-26-1999 at 20:17
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