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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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tom a hobbyist user from Reno, Nevada writes:
This was my first real synth. Back in 2001 I would annoy my roommates by running a boss DR-110 thru various pedals, when I brought this beast home everything seemed to click together. The low undulating arps, the sweet 80s tv show pads, the random stupid noises. Probably one of the best synths to learn subtractive synthesis on, definitely the best dollar to vintage sound ratio out there. I'm writing this in the future world of 2009 & they're going or $300 on ebay, after being up near $750 all summer. S/h, arp, unison mode, Ext CV control of the VCF, arp trigger in, for use with drum machines with trig out or other sources.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-09-2009 at 05:32
bill a professional user from canada writes:
this synth is a classic but if i had to chose between the jupiter6 and it i would not blink and take the jupiter6. the juno60 has kind of become the emo keyboard of choice over the last few years and well honestly i dont think most of the people in emo bands realy understand anything about in depth programing a synthesiser. in fact a kawai sx240 can bury a juno60 in many ways. where the juno60 still stands out is with its bass. i mean its string sounds have been so used and used it is pretty hard to get a sound from it wich you can realy call your own now. i wont get rid of mine but if the jup got sick and needed fixing i would sell it to raise the funds. i mean there is so many other synths out there for next to nothing wich can realy do a lot more and set your sound apart from the crowd. however if you are in a band that does eighties covers you would be wise to grab one. why do i still like to play my juno i suppose part of it is that it is hard to make it sound awful beacause it is so simplistic. i mean alot of people say the jupiter is thing but honestly if you can program a synth you can make it sound big and fat. that being said comparing a juno to a jupiter is like comparing apples to oranges. a overated keyboard and a classic staple of electronic music all the same.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-02-2007 at 02:02
Micah from USA writes:
I am totally wrong about my post below. Now after having the Jupiter 8, I feel very bad about making the assertions below. The Juno has the same envelope chips as the Jupiter but that is where it stops. The Jupiter is MORE then the Juno could ever be.

Please don't be fooled into thinking that the Juno 60 is close to the Jupiter 8. They are a million zillion miles apart. Every albumn that you think the artist used a Juno-probably it was a Jupiter, probably.

However, the Juno does have a warm transparent sound that is hard to get in the powerful in your face rich sound of the Jupiter so you might consider having both. But the Juno cannot be a replacment for the Jupiter like I said below. Sorry to misinform. I got a little ahead of myself.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-05-2006 at 11:36
Micah a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is my first review. Maybe my last, I don't write many because I'd rather compose but...

The Roland Juno 60 was my first "real" synthesizer and 10 years later I keep coming back to it again and again.

It is my favorite synth because of so many reasons.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE ULTIMATE SYNTH-we don't mean what sounds best, because that is very relative. But you cannot beat the Juno 60 when it comes to versatility.

It does bass better then most, percussive noises better then most, leads better then any other 1 DCO occilator synth, organs, strings-

it is like an analog workstation in my opinion. you can write a song composed just of a juno 60 and it sounds "good."

The chorus is gritty, fat and splendid. "too noisey", what are we using today boys and girls, tascam reel to reels and fighting against hiss, uhhh use a vst plugin and get rid of the noise if you so desire, I personally enjoy it.

I've composed on a lot of synths but my best work is done always when I have a juno 60 in the mix. it inspires.

Compared to a Jupiter 8. It is 50% or better, relative to the whole DCO/VCO war. Forget about that and just listen to a juno next to a jupiter.

Yes, the jup8 is phatter, more bells and whistles but it doesn't sound as "sweet" to me as the juno. Now if you hate sweet, that is fine, but if you want "sweet" then forget the jupiter and get the juno.

The jupiter has two occilators so it will have more options for sound creation. it is harsher and bigger then the juno, so instead of having to play a lead doubling it an octave apart as on the juno to make it stand out, all you have to do is hit one key on jupiter and you get a lot of sound.

Do i want a jupiter? Yes, but only for a few lead sounds I've heard on 80's albums, the sweeter sounds of the jupiter, not the polyhonic filters fuzz stuff.

But hey, if you are like me, why buy a $2500 jupiter 8 that defines the words "taking a chance" and rather wait until Roland makes a vst that is warm enough to call it a jupiter clone, grab the few sounds that the juno can't make, and keep a couple of thousands dollars in your pocket.

Oh yea, and continue to fall in love with the juno 60.

anyone want to ask me any more questions. yazzofever@yahoo.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-27-2006 at 09:53
Max a part-time user from Berlin writes:
I love my Juno 60. I have also a Juno 6 and compared both units intensively by programming nearly the same sounds on both units. In the beginning I thought that Juno 6 sounds better by producing different overtones by the filter, but after intensive comparison there seems to be no difference, and I am currently selling the Juno 6 at Ebay.

The only thing what sucks is that when listening to the audio output with headphones turned loud, you notice a high frequent tone. That's also on my Juno 6. I found that audio quality is better when maximizing the overall volume and set the Amp Loudness Slider to 60% than to set the latter to 100% and the volume to 60% or so giving the same loundess.

I don't like the chorus. Apart from being noisy it sounds cheap. I have also a Juno 106, which sounds a bit toyish compared to the Juno 60, but this different sound is sometimes desired in the mix.

Once you have one, and you like analogue sound, there is no reason to sell it ever. Recently I discovered how to get some classical deep bass sounds used in Drum & Bass with it. I thought I would need a MKS-80, but a Juno 60 can do it as well. Just use a square wave, turn pulse width up (thin it) and let the LFO modulate the pulse width quickly.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-15-2005 at 05:42
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