Roland Juno 6

partial angle shot of a Roland Juno 6

The Roland Juno 6

The Juno 6 was released in 1982 (from Pete Forrest’s A-Z; the service notes are dated May 20th, 1982). It is a 6-voice analogue polysynth with one DCO per voice. It has a 24dB low-pass filter, a single ADSR envelope routed to both filter and VCA, and a built-in three-position chorus that turns the regular mono output into stereo. The keyboard is 61-note and has an octave up/down switch too.

There are several interesting things to say about the Juno 6, not least of which is that at current prices (maxing out around 700 GBP, oddly enough also its price on release), and at 33 years old at the time of writing, it still makes a fine first polyphonic analogue synthesizer. The Juno 6 is reliable, stable, and sounds good. It forces the user to engage fully with its synthesis parameters – there are no memories, so your sound is entirely dependent on where you set the controls in real time – and despite what initially looks like a lot of controls, it is logically presented and simple enough for a beginner to be able to navigate after a little experimentation.

I shall be blogging a few details about the Juno 6, the list below being updated as I add things.

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