Synth Site: Roland: AlphaJuno 1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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fishi from planet alpha writes:
Got it last week for $190 together with PG300 and manual and 15 cables :D !!!!!!! What a deal that was!!! What I like the most are the awesome and phatttt noises and sweeps you can get out of this pal. Yeah, making the famous HOOOOOVER sound is a piece of cake with it! I personally don't like that hardcore stuff, but when messing around with it when you make it, the Hoover becomes a total phatttt juicy sweepy blasty mess!!!! PHAT!!!!! You can also make great sub basses with it, I've also made some ql 80's kickdrum and toms and also very lo-fi style hi-hats. I TOTALY LOVE the ultra slow envelopes you can make, pressing 6 notes at once, add some serious fast noise bass sweeps that really shake the floor and your stomack!!!! I REALLY LIKE non-touch-sensible keyboard.

The drawbacks on this machine are: *no arpeggiator *no sepparate outputs (not such a problem, though) *when controlling the filter with PG300 really fast there is a kind of LFO (high rate) stuff going on (probably because it doesn't send MIDI information fast enough)???

Bottom line: Do you need some serious phat shit going on? GET THIS BRO!!! I WILL DEFINITELY NOT SELL IT! EVER!!!! It's just become my little pet!

RATING: for features 4 for sound absolute 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-13-2001 at 08:05
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought it in 91 or only $70, a bargain,its a good hybrid analog synth,the alpha dial is good for editing though its got no many knobs or sliders on panels like many old analogs,but i always used the dial to tweak the freq and resonance alternatively in realtime to get the moving feel of a real analog filter.i sold it later years due to limited space at that time,i'd like to get the mks50 one u-rack of the same sound engine but w/o the lovely alpha dial,but i can still use kenton to make it wish.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 12:59
Tashi a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Hmm... seems to be 2 very distinct camps... Europeons love it, and Americans hate it, generally speaking. Well techno and house did start in the USA. But once it transplanted to Europe, it underwent all kinds of changes. If you're looking at making the Euro styles of dance: goa, trance, eurodance, dnb, jungle, gabber etc., and other harder styles of dance floor stompers, then by all means you need to pick one of these things up. Some would say, if you're doing ANY style of dance or techno. Great for hoover stabs and sweeps. Still underrated and compared to other junos, I think you may see the price on this actually start to rise, once people catch on. Get one now and brag about how savvy you were to get one cheap. ;-)

P.L.U.R. Tashi

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2001 at 01:09
Marc Bennett a hobbyist user from uk writes:
just got a synthiplus 80 for £80 ,what a bargain , does the old hoover noises so its worth it for that alone :),8 keys dont work tho , that dont matter as ive got another 3 to use as controllers. I wasnt impressed with it at first but as u play with the parameters, u realise that the presets are crap and it is a LOT more capable, I cant do 303 noises on it tho :( filter doesnt scream at u , it just dont get that high up?? , does anybody know of internal mods to make it scream?? if u see this synth going anywhere , buy it .. lookout for synthiplus 10,60,80+juno 1+2 , they all have the same sound engines.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-15-2001 at 20:06
PusFactory a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I found this thing for 80 USD in a consignment shop whilst shopping for clothes for my kid. I'm not a keyboard player - I play guitar in a weekend warrior cover band, and, when time permits I doink around in my modest home studio. This little gem is perfect for my needs. With the band, I occasionally turn around and noodle out some simple chords or leads when called for - mostly epianos, organs, basses, synthbrass. We play in excessively cramped conditions so the size and portability is a plus. At home, it fits nicely on my desk where I plug it into my PC and 'hunt and peck' my way through keyboard parts. The sounds are pure analog - no realistic stuff here. Factory sounds are OK at best, some are unusable, but programming this unit is extremely simple. You don't need a manual. You can hammer out some great noises in no time flat. No, it doesn't have velocity sensing and aftertouch and all that stuff, but it suits my needs. Reliability? Goes out to local bars every weekend and is used at home nearly every day (I sit in my recliner and screw around with it while watching TV). It's never failed me. I'm giving this a 5 'cause it fits my needs to a 'T' and I dig the weird sounds that can be coaxed out of it. For real keyboard players, if you can find this instrument for under 200 USD, it'd make a great addition to your rig.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-07-2001 at 15:41
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