Synth Site: Roland: Juno 60: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Patrick D. Rosenbalm a professional user from TN, USA writes:
I just got a Juno 60 at a friend of mines pawn shop for $275 in mint condition. I have wanted one of these since I was in high school when it came out. I ended up with a Poly 800 in 84. I usually prefer two VCOs per note but this thing is really fat!! I love it!! Being a tech-person who repairs pro-music gear from time to time I made a few tests and adjustments to the VCF and VCA trim pots. In short I got all the voices to the same specs. With the keyboard tracking up to full, the resonance up to full and the DCOs off you have a fourth waveform, sine wave. Not in perfect intenation at the higher pitches but close enough at the low and mid ones. Polyphonic too. Now kick on your DCOs and adjust the filter and dig those organ-like harmonics!

As for analog strings and pads it excells there too. Synth sounds and sound effects are pretty good too. Oh, I can't forget the sliders for every parameter and two nice features I especially like, PWM tracked from the envelope and VCF linked to the bender! Cooool!

As for the reports of a noisy chorus it does have a little hiss if the output's low and the input's hot. A little level adjusting should help quieten it. Also unless it's a low level solo instrument the hiss will disappear in the mix.

If you are looking for a great easy to use analog at a good price grab one of these if you find one.

Pat

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-28-1998 at 00:40
Matt Wheeler a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
About a year ago, I bought a used Juno 60 from a music shop for $399. It was kinda steep, but virtually mint (one plastic slider thing missing). I love the rich tones, but one oscillator is limiting. I really need to buy a midi-DCB converter. Any help? Now the beloved Juno is back at the music store because I'm severely strapped for cash, but after reading these reviews, I think I'll bring her home and rob a bank to pay the bills.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-24-1998 at 16:56
PATRICK BAILEY a hobbyist user from U.S. OF A. writes:
THE JUNO 60 CAN EVENTUALLY BE REAL NICE TO YOU IF YOU SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH IT. BASICALLY, THE PRESETS ARE A BUNCH OF CRAP(EXCEPT FOR MAYBE TWO OR THREE), I THINK THE EXCITEMENT OF IT COMES OUT WHEN YOU MANIPULATE THE CONTROLS MANUALLY AND CREATE YOUR OWN MORPHING PATCHES ON THE FLY. UNLESS YOU'RE INTO THAT FROSTY EARLY '80'S SHIT SOUND, THE CHORUS KIND OF SUCKS AS WELL(CAN BE KIND OF NOISY TO). ADDING A DCB CONVERTER SUCH AS THE ROLAND MD-8 TURNS THIS SYNTH INTO A POWERFUL INSTRUMENT.(PLAYING THE SLIDERS INSTEAD OF THE KEYS) hahaha... ULTRA LOW SQUARE WAVE BASSES, BUBBLY ADSR-FILTERED PULSE BEAMS, SMOOTH MELLOTRON-LIKE PADS, THIS IS ONE VERSATILE MACHINE. YEAH, IT ONLY HAS ONE LFO WAVEFORM AND PRIMITIVE MIDI-NESS, BUT IT'S 15-16 YEARS OLD FER CHRIST'S SAKE!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-23-1998 at 04:41
BBBoy a professional user from Australia writes:
In terms of best bang for the buck, the Juno 60 is one of the best synths ever made I got mine for AUD$200, and I love it. I would never sell, not evento help finance my own mothers heart transplant. The real time controls are great for live, and I use mine in the studio with a Kento PRODCB convertor - get this or a MIDI retrofit and you will think you have died and gone to heaven. Not as many features as on other more expensive "classic" synths, but it is still cheap!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-13-1998 at 12:57
john beachboard a hobbyist user from naciremA writes:
This synth is the best thing that ever happened to me. I broke up with my girlfriend, and soon after I bought the Juno 60. Ya know something to cheer me up. As soon as I plugged it in I forgot about that dumb girl. Juno 60 will solve all your life problems. If it had portamento it could probobly rule the world.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-30-1998 at 14:28
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