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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Mark Mello a hobbyist user from Holand writes:
Yes, the JUNO-60 sounds are limited today's standard but they are awesome to any standard!

Bought mine last week and no regrets, the self-oscillating filter in itself is worth the pittance you pay for these lovely analog beast... get one now, while they're (still) cheap.

If you reall yneed Midi, get a simple DCB-Midi interface or even an expensive retro-fit. The 106 just doesn't sound the same as a 60.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-17-2000 at 18:30
AdamT a part-time user from UK writes:
The Juno 60 was at two times a very popular synth for good reason, in 1982 it offered polyphony, stability and enough memories for under £1000, all in a reliable compact package.. in the early-mid 90s it was re-discovered as a dance synth, this seems to have fallen from favour in preference of the weaker but MIDI Juno-106. although the 60 could easily be MIDId via it`s DCB port and a converter, the implementation was hardly inspiring using the original Roland converter, notes only basically (NO PATCH CHANGES!) , maybe Arpeggiator sync, the newer Kenton kit does little more to the Juno, just filter via an AUX socket ... soo compared to the 106`s excellent spec and a proper well-specced internal Kenton retrofit costing as much as you probably paid for the synth. the 106 took over.

60s are reasonably cheap again and Yep, it sounds bigger warmer and deeper than it`s newer plasticky stablemate (like Oberheims, as they got newer, Junos got weaker sounding and had more and more faciltiies piled on). there IS a slightly earlier Juno-6 which is the same machine minus the Memories and DCB, big losses indeed. the two biggest 60 plusses soundwise are 1:- it has a lovely filter that actually self oscillates (unlike the Jupiter 8, 6, MKS80 and JX line). 2:- a wonderful chorus unit that makes thin 1-DCO+SUB pads sound absolutely massive, not particularily relevant to the Dance bassline / squeak-blip sounds but for pads, string washes and leads it IS the biz!. The Arpeggiator is excellent and useful, but is missing the famous Jupiter 4/8 Random mode.

Techie bits to note are that the Juno-6 uses the same woodwork, powersupply, keyboard, bend panel AND MOTHERBOARD (complete with the DCB connector pins on the scrapper I have, (wondered what they were for)) so if your tatty old 60 dies you can tidy the thing up (minus the panel) and fix it (so long as it doesn`t have memory board probs) for the price of mint JU6 (not a lot usually).. the Endcheeks WILL remove without replacing the whole case, they`re held with screws underneath and only a miniscule amount of glue and pull off without too much effort... the battery is easy to change as it is soldered to the exposed side of the memory board. Unision can be acheived via a switch on method that escapes me (hold trtanspose and switch on??).

Internal Converter wise, this one has the groove MIDI system in which is basically inserted between the DCB port and the connector on the motherboard, simple but due to DCB limitations, very basic, just notes on channel 1 (poly mode) as far as I can tell but has the added advantage to being possibly re-caseable in an external enclosure if you have a Jupiter-8 to serve as well (electronics heads only here (;-).

the Kenton kit is incredible ... MIDI Thru, MIDI Out (any channel) for notes and program change, MIDI In (any channel) for notes (5 octaves notes 36 - 96), program change, pitch bend, mod wheel, aftertouch, velocity, MIDI volume, any controller (assignable), sustain , active sensing, all notes off, omni on-off, reset all controllers.

Aftertouch can control: modulation, pitch bend, VCF (filter), Velocity can control VCF (filter), VCA (volume), Any controller can control VCF (filter), MIDI volume can control VCA. All setups are stored in non-volatile RAM.

BUT it costs around £265 UK for a DIY kit..

If you need an excellent easy to use polysynth on the cheap for standard Analog sounds, give one a go. Listen to Enya for non-dance uses of the machine, silky strings, subtle haunting arpeggios etc.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-09-1999 at 10:45
Eric Pietras a part-time user from Chicago writes:
I just recently picked up a Juno 60 and the thing looks great.

More importantly than the looks, this sucker sounds awesome. Turn off all the DCO's and let some white noise and resonance run through with the attack slowed--excellent wind noises.

This thing is a treat to play and is fun to figure out as well. There's lots o nobs on this thing and sorting them all out is half the joy of owning a Juno 60.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 23:47
Citizen a part-time user from Out of space writes:
I had one a few years back and the sound was good but it was too expensive to make it work with MIDI. So i sold it and bought myself a JV 1080 ... and with the Vintage-board , i don't miss my ex-Juno 60 at all!...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-18-1999 at 10:28
Cal Johnson a professional user from Canada writes:
As you can see from the other reviews, this is a well liked synth. I am not a techno player, but used my Juno 60 on the EP I recorded. If you are just looking for a warm, analog synth, this is the one for you. Unlike so many of the new synths out there, I find that most of the Juno patches can be made very usable for pop music. If you don't like the presets, its easy to make your own sounds. You can here the sounds I used at www.notyetdark.com, on the song "Life Goes On". It is under the MP3's, which are free to download. There are only two keyboard tracks, and both were sounds I made myself on the Juno 60. Hope this helps...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-26-1999 at 12:33
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