Roland JUNO-60
Roland JUNO-60

JUNO-60, Analog Synth from Roland in the Juno series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 8 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JUNO-60
For a real analog synth from the pre-MIDI era, this is a very complete synth. Six voices of polyphony, simple but good arpeggiator, great 24dB LP filter with cutoff/resonance, HPF, great LFO's (which are maybe a little poor-featured), fat chorus (I think that's typical Juno), 56 patches of memory storage. And a rare bonus: the pitch wheel/filter as well as the manual lfo control. Minor point: lack of several oscillators: only 1 DCO (triangle/square with pulse width/square with suboscillator) per voice.

$295 (Kenton MIDI retrofit kit included !!)


Piece of cake. The user manual is very clear; even for analog modelling newbies: the whole stuff is well explained and there is an addendum with lots of basic exemples. The synth's front panel is built as simple as possible; if you know the very basic analog sound modelling principles, you can go your way immediately and tweak that knobs !!

This is a robust synth, the only things to be careful with are the wooden side panels (scratch-sensitive !!). The buttons are very solid and have no intention to break at all. No cracklings caused by dust up till now. Haven't contacted the customer support yet, so can't give info about that.


One word: GREAT !! All kind of analog sounds are great; from very fat to very deep basses and subbasses, nice spacey strings/pads, fat analog leads, clean to dirty organ sounds, trance arpeggio's, ... This machine can be used for every kind of electronic music: from trance over techno to dnb; from triphop over rnb to hiphop.


I like it very much. A real fat analog synth with great filter and great sounds. F.y.i: the Juno has been used by Enya, The Cure, Sean Lennon, Faithless, Astral Projection, Vince Clarke, Rabbit in the Moon, Olive, Dee-Lite, ... (info from

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Aurochs4's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JUNO-60
5 octaves, polyphony 6 lanes, no aftertouch, no speed, no midi. Effect 2 relatively efficient modes of chorus, and chainable Chorus Chorus I + II (not feasible on the Juno-106). beautiful screen, clear, clean ...
57 patch memories saved, possible external backup tape has K7 ... nostalgia of the first ZX81!! a simple arpeggiator + Hold a button and transposes.
Synth design in 1982, which explains a lot of gaps between the other MIDI or Roland wanted to impose its standard. Those who have known the analog V / Hz and V / Otc will remember shit when faillait Moog connect with Yamaha. The is a bit like the standard does not exist and Roland tried his luck with the DCB. Now for 1982 it is "good" and very good it was associated to a JSQ-60 for 2013 is completely obsolete. It remains in effect for 150 euros midifiable among competitors Kenton, Are not they in life!
The rear connector is not made for the wrong time, adjustable to 3 levels of output, one entry VCF Control Arpegio Clock, various pedals, etc ...


This is nothing special appeal, anyone is able to get a playable sound in less than 5 minutes. The doc was not used much everything is intuitive, is absolutely nothing complicated about a Juno-60.


The sound of the JUNO-60 is not in large diversitées, but against what it does it does well, it's not a Buchla either. This is exactly the same filters as the Jupiter-8, and the DCO provide harmonic enough to make tablecloths and interesting pads, brass, etc. attack. the filter is resonant. The sound does not collapse.
The matrix patch (internal) allows certain functions to refer to the EG or LFO it gives a little creativity, without any time to be transcendent.
Behind a good reverb or CSF, its takes a great extent in this area of ​​its juno is very good, I insist that the JUNO done to the JUNO, not experimentation and Sound research.
His big gap is the lack of a second and a second LFO EG.
The chorus of the Juno is the only integrated because it is stereo and has two independent modes or addable. I can not find that bad, but devoid of any setting.


I knew this instrument in ham piano paris in the 80s, I remember the brilliant sound he had and what we could do in a studio. It was a very key in his age of 80 years, Roland Vintage sounds good, it is not in the Oberheim have more, but this keyboard is the essence of what is asked.
Currently it is a bit over priced, it's true that 1000 euros?? this is a keyboard that I picked up, having had an excellent opportunity to reacquire. I found this gloss. You should also know that it is not super complicated to maintain, change the battery (welded) remains the most common operation, clean the keyboard and pin short not rocket science. This is the Japanese building, that is to say very solid base and well studied. the fact that a 31-year history because she was a little forgotten and he still has a legitimacy going into compositions through the front door.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JUNO-60
Everyone knows I believe


More simple, one button = function
Child's play


I completely agree with "revenga" "view from below"
The sounds are always the same, heard, understood r
Really nothing original, the sound is not bad either (thank you chorus) but frankly it turns very quickly in circles


A matter of fashion, this synth is not bad but too much on earned
Sold nearly 15 days are purchasing (400 at last year)

revega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JUNO-60
Synth typically in the spirit of what was at that time. Heavy, durable, wide (5 octaves), 6 voice polyphony and everything in front so no submenus. Thereupon hyper didactic and easy to use. However noon but not DCB (standard Roland completely outdated to compete with MIDI) so distrust for the curious, it is 'Moisten' via the kit and there is KentonDCB + 200 €.


Obviously it's very simple to use and easy navigation on the various control elements. Editing the sounds is very easy and is done via an activation button behind the keyboard. The manual is clear and not very interesting except to edit or use the JSQ60 (which also requires a manual on his side and remains a sequencer frankly tedious).
On this point the Juno 60 is an example of friendship that, indeed, somewhat lacking on modern machines. It is probably, in my view, his only asset.
The thin edge of the Juno 60 is its arpeggiator that allows the creation of small melodies pretty quickly but it runs fast, very fast in circles.


Well you must be honest to recognize that the Juno 60 is an old bike to the very limited interest. No sounds transcendent, one CSO (the Arp Axxe has one also not disabling) and two types of Chorus (stackable) that I did not find very relevant (it increased the sound and dense but I like not delivered at all).
Ok if we put in the context of the time it took place, and undoubtedly that is why he does not bring anything new or interesting. The sound that has its identity in its own right, was heard thousands of times and in all possible genres (Enya, The Cure, Vince Clark, Section 25 and a whole slew of groups Dance and Techno). Impossible not to have heard at least once even unintentionally. So yes it has a proper signature but what a burden! Everything always sounds the same way and the synth is finally confined to his simple role of 'machine 80's Pad / Warm / Bass-heard and tedious at best.
Its presence in a mix is ​​real, but alongside an analog I find some unmanageable, he mixes bad, its difficult past, and this, largely related to the use of the chorus (which blows and colors the sound curiously). It can be removed of course but what makes the presence of the sound of a Juno is precisely its Chorus. So ... Too bad it went with me completely off base.


Were 2 months (I had been around in one day), bought 600 (like new) and resold the same price and I find it extremely expensive for a synth as limited offering so few features. I had dozens of keyboards, analog and digital and the Juno 60 was one of the most boring (even the Moog Prodigy, although very limited, found much more grace to me). How this 'tank' for you it will stay in the race with a bargain price too prohibitive? When you see the diversity of modern machinery in ISD, Alesis, Analog Solutions and some old analos strong tempers have is stunned by such inflation on this kind of gear (ok it is polyphonic, so what?). I think there is a question of fashion''back to the 80's and the door open to scams and so far from my personal criteria.
Yet I knew the bike before it was acquired (to be tested in stores soon) but I had forgotten how the JUNO 60 can be very annoying. For anyone who wants to go back to another time and will have the chance or intelligence to not spend more than € 400/500 (although for me it is not worth more than 300) then yes the 60 will JUNO a weapon interesting, admittedly limited, but almost consistently.

The note is harsh, but it should stop being fooled. Even if it is built like a tank, is very desirable in its paces metallic black wooden sides, was part of a bygone era, the JUNO 60 is on a synth-side, far from asserting as a standalone machine. Nothing to do with a Mini / Micro / Moog, Prophet One or a 600, an Arp Odyssey Axxe or a Roland System 100 / 101 or in the same category polyphonic Poly61/Polysix a Korg, Roland Jupiter 6.
Verdict: a synthesizer frankly not interesting in register analos old 'idiot that fashion today sells us as the Holy Grail. If we do not know it is essential to try before you buy if large risk of ending up in front of a beautiful machine trouble.
But I remain convinced that some musicians have made it their favorite machine for the same reasons that I hated (his monotonous and boring heard a thousand times but polyphonic analog and very easy to take in hand) and I can admit it somehow.
We will say that this is only a matter of perspective in the end.
A word ...

studiohome's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Can be tiring but very well done certain things"

Roland JUNO-60
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Good said he is specific on my "rf" cd synthesis or that I had I still have: juno 106, MS20, MemoryMoog, JP 8, JP 4, Pro One, p. 330, Andromeda, Korg Monopoly, pro 5 rev3.3. and virtual analog access virus indigo 2, Nordlead 2.
So it is already limited in synthse but it leaves a very low Paisse also thanks its chorus, which is clean, well-type 80s. Out of me I do not flash is a little too late and then I got biensr well anyway tjs for me never came back very well in my mix, hand bass. Not quite frankly the rest is too crystalline.


Eventually I not care because I am tired and keep it as a bass sound that may well approach with other machine (my indigo II example) has not only was worth the shot. He was compared to a lot juno 106, has tickled me so I bought. Altogether not so DIFFERENT that wants to say, the 106 can be adapted over the tekno and again (at least not very reliable this 106). Good sails when they see his hill climbing is really a little thunder, to me was worth no more than 500 euros, even if it is relative, but hey do not push it full of machines are the same, and also good at what fate has heard so much t has also played on its side "boring"! At a Korg Monopoly personalis is something else. But a good synth huh! even when! but far from being exceptional, especially far from a well JP8 or other large caliber.

EricMa62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The best"

Roland JUNO-60
Relatively simple:
Tilt 1 + 1 + 1 sub filter 24 db Eg + 1 + 1 and of course VCA LFO and arpeggiator.
6 notes polyphony.
A chorus of three positions (I, II, I + II)


Very simple and intuitive as it directly accesses the function (1 button = 1 function) is programmed into a patch shortly.


So there it is what to say. For me it is the best analog. It is true that on paper (or in terms of features) some are much better, but from a purely musical point of view it dropped quite see everyone. Sounds are always great music and give really want to play. On most keyboards should be refined to have a good sound and not having a saucepan. With the 60, no problem, you can grind the pots at random, it still sounds great. I must say its chorus is a lot.
To research it may be limited, but to play music (and still are the primary use) no real limits. We always get what you want and it's still usable in solo or in a mix.


I prefer it to other legends like the Jupiter 8 I find great technically but musically nothing underneath (I find it a little big Berta ...). And I headed (I have several analog), next to the mini, even with a little ahead with its polyphony.
I've had several years and, you guessed it no question of let go ...

petitsynthe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JUNO-60
no MIDI, too bad, but it is made to play live! touch is Excellent


super simple ... because limited but ideal as a first polyphonic synth because not too expensive (compared to a Jupiter 8 for example) the manual is useless.


good've owned it about 12 years ago a Jupiter 8, Jupiter 6 and Juno 106 that I sold at the time because it was the beginning of fashion modeling synths analog (VA) as jp 8000, Nord Lead 1 and an1x. Since there is a regret! (Especially given the odds of staggering old style) so I bought after years of VA (micron: bof, the an1x acceptable, KS 4, though, and nordwaves: very good) by putting this synth Price: 650 euros but in good condition and, despite its limitations of synthesis, it rings! So no wonder the analog one returns ... say that I also had a juno-g, which has its name from juno! To make the basic sounds of the early and mid 80s, it is perfect is what I wanted.


I do second flight last week and despite the fact that one can get tired of the long term because very limited summary, I do not think I'll sell it one day, I have a nordwaves among other to more complex sounds. Phatt it sounds good and even if he bit, he does it well! I jumped over a Juno 106 that if it is MIDI, is much less reliable (see related forums) for short, a great value.

nibla's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JUNO-60
Wireless keyboard aftertouch or velocity, 61 notes (ie 5 octaves)

Physically, the beast is beautiful, a beautiful object in black metal, with wooden sides, typically vintage-style!

and above all, lots of buttons, everything is controlled in real time!

if not, the real analogue polyphonic classical, DCO-VCF-VCA-LFO-ADSR (more or less in the order ...)+ sub-tilt + génialissime the arpeggiator!

on the other hand, only 6 voice polyphony and a single tilt, but the fact still here, with 4 waveforms and 2 chorus FAT integrated to the beast ...


We can ne-plus-simple, just to get started and after 5 minutes, tripe on a wave or a captivating online disco-new wave with the arpeggiator!
the memories are 56 in number, and stores a sound 2 seconds ...


Ah, the sounds!

ambient groundwater, organ sounds and synthetic string, bass and techno-electro leads of all kinds, very classical, because the machine was much used by almost everyone in the 80's, but there is always something original is a little digging ...

It really is the typical synth and ideal if you seek ..... synth sounds!

it is on is not with him that you will succeed in imitating a piano or oboe, but here there are other things ...
buying a Juno for what it is and that is precisely why we bought it!


I do not use it for a long time, but here was immediately hooked, this machine is so endearing.
It's a real joy to put his hands on something that has personality, and here is not so common here ...

So, it reminded me why I liked all the oldschool analog, time or emulation of any flower hair all sides, and when everyone asks you if you finally put to the VST, so practical and cheap ...