Synth Site: Roland: Alpha Juno-2: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Kranman a part-time user from US writes:
I really like this synth. As said, its very mellow, and absolutely great for sweeping effects and pads, but its really pretty tough to get some of the hard edged sounds I want. I paid too much for mine, although it did comewith a PG-300 (great to have, btw, but overpriced), but im still happy that I bought it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-09-2000 at 14:59
Sweeny/West's Toys-For-Boys a part-timer user from USA writes:
I bought my alpha Juno-2 brand-new when they first came out in the mid-'80s. It was my very first synth in my "Toys-For-Boys" collection - which now holds over 17 vintage keyboards*!

I really like the church pipe organ and string/brass orchestra sounds. With a touch of reverb, you'd swear you're in an old Gothic cathedral!

*"Toys-For-Boys" is the vintage keyboard/synthesizer collection owned by Sweeny/West in California - administered by Drum Machine Museum LLP/San Francisco <> - and technically maintained by CAE Sound/San Mateo <>. The collection is comprised of - among others - such venerable units as Yamaha's CS-80, Moog's Taurus and Taurus II bass pedals, and ARP's Omni II synth. In all, a total of over 17 keyboards from Moog, Yamaha, Elka, Fender/Rhodes, Hohner, ARP, Roland and Oberheim.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-10-1999 at 12:35
replicant a professional user from Australia writes:
Most people seem to be under the misconception that this is a digital synth. It does have a digital interface, and digitally controlled oscillator, but it's sound generation is analogue. This is a very nice and versatile synth that can produce all of the warm, bubbly analogue sounds you could hope for. I have also heard people say that it is a bit bass-shy or not as phat as other synths (such as the earlier juno's - 6, 60, 106) - maybe a little (just a little mind you), but with a bit of careful programming and mild eq this thing can be a bass monster - I've pulled some bowl-moving basses out of it. Everyone seems to rave about the pads this synth can deliver, but it is capable of so much more - the aforementioned basses, ravey strings, twangy, blippy, zappy, pingy sounds and special FX are all easy to create. Another seldom mentioned fact about this synth is that every parameter can be controlled in realtime over MIDI (with SYSEX messages) - this makes it a sequencing dream, and makes up for the lack of hands-on control (it has no knobs). This is definitely an under-rated synth, and for the prices you can pick them up for I'd choose one over something like an MC-303 any day. Like so many synths, this machine is limited only by your imagination - anyone complaining about it's sound is just too lazy - do a bit of programming and you'll discover the versatility of this synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-10-1999 at 05:01
Joel a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
The Alpha Juno 2 is my first journey into the Synth world. It's a nice synth, nice pads and all..... But shithouse as far as programmability goes, and shithouse real-time control other than for pitch-bend. Use a computer to program however, and it's quite a capable machine...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-04-1999 at 23:06
Massive a professional user from Estonia writes:
Alpha Juno-2 really rules! The best warm analogue sound from Roland I think.If you are playin` ambient or easylistening, it is the best choice for a small amount of money. And I see no problem with creatin` and controllin` the sounds -> Emagic`s "Sound Diver" is a very cool editor/librarian for many synths, and A-Juno is in the list. Don`t spend your time and money for PG-300, go and buy Sound Diver 2.0.5 or newer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-03-1999 at 06:36
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