All user reviews for the Roland JUNO-1
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No velocity or aftertouch except via MIDI
Audiofanzine FR's review
Analog synth with 6-voice polyphony, three digitally controlled oscillators (digital/analog hybrid synth)? Basic routing and sound possibilities. It's a minimalist synth. No encoders (except the big alpha dial) only buttons (DX7-like)...
The keyboard is not velocity sensitive but you can control the velocity via Midi with a master keyboard... same thing regarding aftertouch.
Bothersome sound editing. You'll have to be patient. There's a PC editor software available (PG300 Emulation), which works very good and is easy to use as VST plug-in. It works fine for me.
Thanks to the endless alpha dial that allows you to accurately control parameters and the fast access buttons, you can even use it live (especially for the cutoff). The alpha dial is accurate and pleasant.
The sound is the main asset of this synth. It sounds great and the chorus effect is nice. You'll only get simple but quite effective sounds (few modulation possibilities).
The presets are a bit outdated so I deleted them (except the famous "Hoover") to create my own presets.
Good sound. Good value for money (the secondhand price is rather low, it was even cheaper than my DX7!). What else do you want?
It's a good deal.
Krapod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
His memory is organized into two groups of 8 banks of 8 tones or 64 sounds in preset (ROM), 64 in internal memory (RAM).
The outputs (mono) and R, headphones, 6.35
-Assignable expression pedal volume, aftertouch or dynamic
Sustain pedal / hold
Pedal assignable to incrementing programs (1-8 within the same bank), activation of portamento or memorandum of understanding.
Jacks tape backup.
MIDI IN, OUT and THRU.
LCD 16 characters
Dimensions: 802x240x79 mm - Weight: 5.4 Kg
The synth has a very clean lines and unadorned, enhanced by its narrow width and small depth impression. The keyboard is soft, nice, but a bit noisy.
This is an easy to use synth. It has very few parameters. Alpha-dial dial (endless) is used to select parameters and change the values. Just like its big brother, the Juno-2, it is editable by sysex programmer PG-300, PC-EZ Alpha editors, PG300emu and other control surfaces and keyboards master managing sysex. ..
It has a big advantage over the Juno-2 in gaming: the opportunities the expression pedal. This, assigned to the dynamic, can be used to offset the lack of keyboard velocity, but more importantly, assigned to aftertouch, finally can have a pitch control or filter opening the pedal . As long as one is clever enough to use the pedal, it has a much more expressive than the Juno-2 synthesizer, including aftertouch is not qualified.
The sound generator of the Juno-1 is identical to those of the Juno-2 and MKS-50. You can read my opinion on the Juno-2 for details.
I had quite a priori on the Juno-1 before I was given the opportunity to try one for a month, I imagined as a sub-2 Juno.
The existence of the Juno-1 seems to be only one thing: the desire to leave the manufacturer at the time a polyphonic synth briefs symbolic price of less than 100,000 yen (source: Roland JUNO microsite). Roland is part of a JUNO-2, and removed an octave, velocity and aftertouch keyboard, and replaced by a tape storage cassette interface.
Of course, the absence of dynamic keyboard removes the expressivity in the game, however, far from making a JUNO-2 at a discount, the result is quite successful and different from its predecessor: an appealing little synth, and instead focused lead (also the first preset in this direction), with the surprise of the expression pedal can control aftertouch assigned to the filter or pitch.
And controlled via MIDI, it offers all the possibilities of Juno-2.
It is still cheap, enjoy!
With that, I promise, this is my last opinion on the Alpha series JUNO/MKS-50 (unless the HS-10 and 80 do not fall into my hands)
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Doctor Feelgood's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Probably the best analog to digital control."
Subtractive type juno 106
Very simple to edit and alpha dial very wise can control the parameters live. Ergonomics for the time.
Sounds hot, beautiful tablecloths, nice punchy bass typically analog. Roland sound that made the reputation of the brand is present in this synth.
This is one of the few synths that time 80's really worth checking out. Today it has a reputation that is not usurped and is highly sought after. When we heard we know why.
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
Usage is fairly simple, you have a dial and button assignments that can navigate through a menu not very puzzle and change settings. The memory part is divided into two parts of 64 sites (128 total), a first preset bank fairly complete and a second bank to store your manipulations.
Editing is very simple.
Manual hyper clear but not really necessary everything is pretty intuitive.
To the extent these are not the VCO COD but the sound is somewhere between analog and digital and it works surprisingly well. This gives not a grain but very strong atmosphere exudes a very 80's obviously a lot to play the presets on this point.
The low pass filter is fairly well made and gives the Juno's side autonomous and diverse.
We can get almost everything provided to the nose in the menu to setup the machine and see the different sounds refine proposed.
Curiously I found 100 times more exciting than its ancestor, the Juno 60 and somewhere much more interesting in its approach (lightweight, portable, noon 3DCO inland and a package of presets)
The chorus effect can make a good impression but I've never been a fan donations I can be objective.
I've known him a long time (sold, purchased) and to my surprise it is one of those small bikes sounding typical that one can easily paste mix if you want a particular color.
For more or less € 150/200 (It really is not worth more) keyboard is really engaging, easy to program, light, not too weak (albeit plastic), marked by his time (his level ) and not too far.
The one that I keep Juno and I shall keep.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
finca's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Alpha Juno 1"
Easy to use thanks to the presets. Editing capabilities but rather restrictive.
The sounds are correct (brass, strings, pianos and organs synths + effects) but I love putting their effects in the ass!
As is in an analog synth sound that becomes very powerful!
Three-four years that I use and I'm very happy. Perfect for rave with live effects behind.
3 people did not find this review helpful
saturax08's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The best analog digital control"
symilaire quite a juno 106 in the sounds but without the knobs.
With the PG300 that way analog control in midi is a joy.
very simple in terms of storing sounds.
The sound editing is done with a menu but may be added to the PG300 and manual control with sliders. This makes life easier and allows editing in the live game.
Superb. Very good Roland. The sounds are the same as on previous models because only the control of the oscillator digitally change. It is the 100% analog round and warm.
Roland chorus is a killer here ...
An excellent acquisition and a synth whose coast is expected to rise because few people know it's an analog synth seen her look. It is indispensable in the home studio as perfectly fit into the mix.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Krapod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
4-octave keyboard instead of 5, no vlocit or aftertouch.
No memory cartridge
The "plus" jacks backup to tape.
See opinion on them? Juno 1 and 2.
See opinion on them? Juno 1 and 2.
The purpose of my review is to attract the attention of buyers might apply Juno.
I do not dnigre Juno 1. But if the opportunity presents, prfrez Juno 2. At the time I write o (27/11/2010), the dimension Juno 1 is 150 euros while that of Juno 2 is 147 euros (???). This may be the rarity of the Juno 1.
Juno 1 exists only because Roland wanted to launch a keyboard "analog-digital" at a cost of 100,000 yen in 1985. Rsultat: a nice little portable keyboard, but that did not allow to fully exploit its synthesis (not vlocit.
Here's a link to the history of Juno: http://www.roland.com/synth/JUNO/history.html
ur-quell's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
6 voice polyphony
against the controls are digital with a menu and a wheel "alpha"
There Patch A 64 64 User and Factory
The sound is generated by offering a COD differrent Saw and Square Pulse and a Sub
A two filters are available HPF (with only 4 possitive)
A Low-Pass and
It is also an LFO that can control the pitch frequency of the filter and VCA
A envellope ADDSR (Two decay) can control the same as LFO
Finally There is a chorus FAMOUS Juno
The config is pretty simple though tedious:
We choose the parameter / on the rule / We change / We readjusted ... is long enough
The manual is clear but we can have synthetic qq bases it will be passed very quickly.
As for the South I could not test due to lack of equipment to link ..
control the "live" is quite limited is through the menu and then turn the dial.
There are all the same facade in four shortcut: MOD Speed / Depth / Brightness / Length
The brightness affects the Cutoff
Length Alonge shortcut or the overall
However, if one of the chosen parameters is very low (0 to 2) the 4 button has no effect is pretty gallery: the shortcuts that I supposont envelope to the max then I switched to the cutoff to increase and I want to lengthen again the envelope, there is a good chance it will be changed because certain parameter reaches 0 aront rise again and do more
This is where it's interesting:
Sounds, away from realism are beautiful (a condition that always keep the Chorus, even slightly)
can be of very good low
notament thanks Chord Memory Shifts Who to play according to one key:
by adding a fifth and octave or can get ultra low fat and very typical.
on the other hand to make very serious and well-Bass has a round can of evil, it becomes hoarse
It is doing no evil Lead and Tablecloths
The envelope has 8 parameters allows modulation furious (notably in the Aplique the filter).
Too bad that there have not a second one may sometimes it embarrassing to have the same envelope on the filter and VCA.
Also damage the LFO is a bit lightweight at once you can not do too much sounds like very complex sounds effects ...
It also lacks a keyboard with velocity (although he manages to MIDI)
The Chorus is Magifique is the main strength of this synth
We do not control the speed, going from very light (almost invisible) to the large modulation raging all through the soft.
I bought it at the beginning of 2008
this is my first analog
I am absolutely a fan of the chorus and the Chord Memory
I like less the digital interface which produces a staircase effect not necessarily genial.
Can opportunities modulation But for that price it's normal (especially when you have 6 voice polyphony)
Despite its small default this synth does not pastiche large analos
Are memeory chord chorus and make it an instrument rather interesant.
The value for money is more than beneficial
I paid mine 120 euros, that price was not even an arranger nine
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
janouch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
We thus find that the settings can be found on d other analog knobs with less.
The alpha dial makes easily editable parameters (even playing by changing a single parameter)
Ultra intuitive, as we get to use it without instructions which proves that it was designed with intelligence. It is not always the case orders a digital synths of the time.
When one knows the parameters c is a pleasure to create new sounds.
The sounds are super hot and have found the grain of the real analog.
What is amazing is that even among c sounds pre-programmed sounds aggressive as none c is still often the case on other machines.
functions to an expression such as pitch bend etc. have been separated from other parameters which is very significant.
Super hot for cloths and tablecloths including scalable they ride. We find the "grain" that has made Roland Juno fame that preceded.
The analog bass also have a hell of potato. 25 years after its release the sounds it produces are not dated.
This is a synth that does not market its output (in the Age of Yamaha FM synthesis) but against today it has become very interresting because it has a warmth and a grain that can hardly be found on emulations.
Also what might seem like a failure at the outset, namely the digital controls, becomes an advantage because on the one hand the old analog synths of the 70s often have knobs that crachotent (which makes their use during the game impossible) and secondly they are overpriced. The Juno 1 it is not recognized at fair value (probably because many people know that this is a pure analog juice.
Over time this keyboard should be more sought after so if you find one, please.
I for one am not ready to part with it because it produces exactly the kind of sound I'm looking for. I would do the same choice without hesitation.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful