Synth Site: Roland: Alpha Juno-2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Lupercal a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Ridiculously good value on today's market. Capable of amazing sounds if you program it. I compared it with tapes I made on a modular moog in the 70's and it stood up VERY well. Editing is tedious. Try to get a pg 300 controller. Monotrimbral. Good budget analog hybrid synth. Would get 5 stars if it had knobs. Keyword: lush.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-25-2004 at 18:53
Frer!k a professional user from Netherlands writes:
I totally agree with the guy below. Killer synth. Very cheap building, but it still works after years of hard use. An arpeggiator (send from a MIDI- sequencer) can create nice acid forms! A no-brainer if you consider current prices seen on internet.

Fight for good music!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2004 at 16:57
Der Sminky a part-time user from USA writes:
Kurt must not be programming this synth. The presets on this one suck, like most 80's synths.

I have created some lush pads and strings on this synth's little brother, which has the same synth engine, just different keyboard features.

This synth can create amazing pads, GREAT bell sounds, and some good leads (not the best, but can be used). I also have made some excellent bass sounds using all 3 waveforms simultaneously.

Although there is a limit of only one assignable EG per voice, good basses can still be made.

Sound tip: You can 'make' some pretty sweet waveforms by turning the PWM Rate to 0 and then altering the PWM. I've made some pretty good vocal-type sounds using this technique.

VERY good synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-15-2003 at 17:31
kurt a hobbyist user from uk writes:
great for bass and the hoover sounds but thats it really.The rest of the sounds sound like something off a casio that will never get used.Im gonna look in to getting a controler for mine aswell like bcoz it seems a bit of a pain in the ass to program.But all is good,great for any kind off dance music.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-28-2003 at 07:22
John Burdick a part-time user from NY writes:
I enjoy the Alpha Juno 2 for simple sounds that lean toward the warm side--a kind of moody thickness that works well for some of my music. It's pretty easy to program both because of its limited parameters and because the alpha wheel is not entirely the drag it is made out to be. Real time control, however, is insufficient.

There's only one envelope shared by pitch,flt, and amp, and one lfo, but a variety of ways of using the envelope make this less of a limitation than it appears to be.

The chorus is really nice.

The true 4 stage enevlope (i.e., decay stage has time and level controls) pays off if you spend time with it.

I don't consider the Juno 2 to be an "analog revelation" by any means, but it has a distinct character and it is sometime more fun to program than today's bottomless VA's precisely because of its limitations.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-30-2003 at 00:52
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