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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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tom a hobbyist user from Reno, Nevada writes:
I bought this synth several years ago, to be used in tandem with a Juno 60 & a few other relics. At first I was annoyed by the buzzing electric duck trumpet vocal range, but after figuring out that the HPF acts as a volume (1) & bass(0) boost; I've come to appreciate it more. At imes these are cheaper than the 106, which is odd because the HS-60 has a few more features aside from a built in stereo amplifier, for one it has an expression pedal jack (that the 106 lacks), a stereo input; and last but not least it has a built in sheet music stand.

Side by side the 106 & the HS-60 sound very much alike, the HS-60 may be fatter, idk. I do know that the HS-60s subtle grey & black styling is much mofe industrial looking than the 106s miami beach party look.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-09-2009 at 05:22
Mike a part-time user from Wales writes:
This was the first synth I bought (for a bargainous £150 on ebay) and I love it completely. The speakers make practice simple and the thing is built like a tank (not the easiest thing to cart around).

As mine was 2nd hand I'm not sure how many of the voices are the originals but you can get some truly astonishing sounds from this. Patch 51 (lead 1) I made into a killer bass (even better with the chorus in monophonic mode). Patch 32 (steel drums) I turned into a great noise attack. Basically if you put the time in you can get any sounds you want. The chorus makes everything sound much fatter. Another nice touch is on the pitch bend wheel; push it forward and it activates the LFO. I've used this live plenty of times and had lots of comments about how good it sounds. If you can find this cheap then buy it right away!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-22-2006 at 10:11
computercontrolled a part-time user from new york city writes:
I've been using a Roland MKS-7 Super Quartet for years...a Juno 106 board split into a 2 part melody + 4 part chord. Also has 101 style monosynth bass part (minus slide) plus truncated 707 drums. This thing is better than a 106 cause it's velocity sensitive!

I got the HS-60 to use as a real time programmer for the MKS-7 like the PG series (which it does wonderfuly}. I'm now able to compare the sounds head to head and the HS-60 is a bit warmer, the the combination in unison with the velocity sensitivity of the MKS-7 is giving some thick sounds.

For the price of a 106 I got a HS-60 + a MKS-7. I'm in tweakin analog heaven.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-20-2005 at 21:58
keith a hobbyist user from usa writes:
just a note: 1, speakers are good. 2, don't pay $350 plus $50 for shipping, like i did. you can get for at least $100 cheaper!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-10-2005 at 15:37
Solar a professional user writes:
The main reason the HS60 is cheaper, is that it is bigger than a juno 106,harder to move or ship. As for the sound the HS60 is said to be a little wider. Great first synth.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-04-2004 at 14:26
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