Synth Site: Roland: Juno 106 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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StuGatz a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Inherited it a week ago from an uncle who passed away, he was both an electrical/computer engineer, and a musician. Love it, I formerly used a patch cord synth, so having the tone bank patches, and the sliders are nice. Haven't used the midi part yet, looking forward to that since there is no arpeggiator. Fat sounds on bass, some good organ sounds, and just a blast to play and tweak. I have read the reviews, and have to say so far that it may not be the best in a single category, but it is the best mixture of the multiple attributes like fat sound, lots of sound varieties, technology like midi but still analog (the digital osc. helps prevent pitch drift, but still sounds like a vco), on the fly programming, reliability (25 years old, never broken and has all 6 voices), and lots of effects and parameters. Looking forward to learning more. Only thing that worries me, is I think a few of the original patches may be overwritten, and I dont want to reload it for just them, because I don't want to risk loosing the original ones, if my load fails, etc. 4/5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-14-2011 at 08:46
j-lo a part-time user from usa writes:
I wanted a synth to park on top of my B -3 to use occasionally in a funk band. I tried a yamaha SK 20 and it was cool but I wanted something more controllable so not needing and arpeggiator i went with the 106 and have to say its delivered far more than I expected. I cant imagine having to spin a wheel around to get into a menu just to pick a sound you cant manipulate on the fly without a mouse- thats crazy to me- I wouldnt even be able to read the menu on stage. I gig with this. The thing about the 106 is if you think it has limited sounds you need to think outside the normal perameters you are using on the sliders. It took me many hours to find how to dial up a hammond sound which I dont need but the point is there are sounds all over this rig and its just a matter of trying some different settings than you normally select if you think they all sound the same. There is some fat funk you can get easily but you can recreate anything that comes stock on the patches and beyond. A couple guys were comparing it to a JX 305- thats like comparing apples to elephants! I couldnt use a jx 305- it would sound out of place with what I do- the juno 106 has alot of 80s sounds but you can also get alot of 70s sounds and beyond- its a rig for playing music on - not a rig that plays itself.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-12-2011 at 21:48
JunoXD a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
A bit overhyped synthesizer,not worth that much,only 1 osc.but good real time controllers and easy to edit,sound is good,chorus is dated and boring,and yes Vangelis used 2 in past,but today? No,he do not use the Juno 106 today,i use mine most of time for some noise sounds,but to be honest i almost use it never,but stil the boring and dated chorus(string)is useful in a mix,maybe thats the secret of the Juno 106? And then there is that known/famous Voice Problem(VP), For nostalgic reason i wil keep my 106,it has being repaired(VP)to keep old synths alive and kicking for future

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-18-2009 at 10:52
Bill a part-time user from US writes:
Great synth. Nice filter. Strong case. I have a hs 60 aswell. The bass is grooovy. Great chorus. Mine smells fine aswell. Belonged to a lady. Wish Id got one 10 years ago, when I was in the 4th grade. Could have got one in better condition. Most are now looking frail through hitting the road big time. Studio 'kept' are rare.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-17-2008 at 10:57
Mike the Mender a professional user from UK writes:
A really nice sounding, easy to use and quality made instrument. Get a good one and you will be pleased with the service it gives. I have just had one delivered to me for a repair that was bought off ebay. It had the usual ebay bought faults...screws missing, voice and output problems, damaged pitch bend etc. Why do people buy off ebay? The prices are high, the risk is huge. Descriptions are vague....'I can't test it', 'I don't know how it works','It's been unused for some years','Probably only needs a service','You can buy bits for it on ebay'. etc..This means Knackered and they know it! In the trade, if a dealer buys a synth that will cost a fortune to fix..every one does it at sometime, the initial respose is always, 'I'll stick it on ebay'. Old Rolands are fast becoming troublesome and difficult to fix. A good 106, that has been checked and seen working is a good bet. It might go wrong, well at least you bought it working and had a chance to check it and negotiate a price. Chances are that it won't. Buy off the classifieds on this site, or Sound on Sound. No hurridly being pushed into a decision. A good synth, but you have to take care when buying. The sorry owner of the example mentioned above, refused to believe that someone on ebay would mislead him, and he went on to argue with me. The seller had said that the problems were easily and cheaply fixed. I had to explain that it had lied!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-02-2008 at 11:03
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