Episode 003 - Roland Juno 6/60
Published: Jul 28, 2015 by Adam Anderson
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The Roland Juno 6 and Juno 60 are 6-voice analog polyphonic synthesizers. While limited in functionality by today’s standards, these classics present an extremely accessible interface to synthesis newcomers; and they sound fantastic. Both lack MIDI, the Juno 6 lacks patch storage. All this means you won’t be wasting your time with complicated configurations. Just start playing.
- TAL-U-NO-LX Software emulation of the Juno 6/60
- Juno 6 Owner’s Manual
- Juno 60 Owner’s Manual
- Juno 60 MIDI retrofit
- Another Juno 6/60 MIDI retrofit
- And one more MIDI retrofit
In the video below, Nick Rhodes uses a Roland Jupiter 8 (I know, not the same thing) in “Save A Prayer”. Notice the use of the bender. The Juno 6/60 have the same bender. Set the bender to control the DCO at about 33% and see if you can mimic the technique. (Skip to 4:30)
And, in case you missed it in the podcast, here’s the tip for integrating a Juno 6/60 into a MIDI setup. Use either a MIDI-controlled drum machine or your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to send a click track (or use the rimshot output) to the Juno’s arpeggiator control input. The arpeggiator will now be synced up to the controlling device’s clock.