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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Kyle Weiss a hobbyist user from Reno, NV writes:
The Alpha Junos are great synths. I think they stack up plenty to the FM and 4-op synths out there just fine. They sure are a good training tool if you ever feel like programming a DX-type synth, that is for sure. Over the years I find the Alpha Dial gets a little "twitchy," and landing your patches and editing is daunting at times. The PG300 emulator does a good job helping out if you have a computer-based midi connector, as does "EZAlpha." Some Portlander schmuck will undoubtedly compare these to greater Roland products and scoff at them until their scoffing glad goes limp, however, for the price, it's still a Juno. The Alpha 2 does have an advantage of a few more octaves and velocity, but I find the compact Alpha 1 is just the ticket for helping get a tandem "MIDI sandwich," of sound that you might need. If you don't like your Alpha, give it to me, otherwise, enjoy and keep it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-19-2009 at 05:59
andy a hobbyist user from usa writes:
The alpha junos are not great synths in terms of sound by comparison to the dx7's and jx8p's or dw 8000's of their time. Although the design of the body was way ahead of their time and today almost every keyboard (we no longer call them synths) has a dial for quick sound access. The Alpha Junos are to this day very nice looking synths and I would not mind owning them

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-10-2008 at 09:33
Sean a professional user from uk writes:
got another one of these babies again after such a long time, and i was very suprised to find all the sounds i'd programmed in so long ago, and not a 'rave sound' among them, none of the 'hoover' nonesense, if it was so good a sound why did mine come back with every single sound i'd written into it, and this synth i bought new when they first came out, and i got it back thanks to a kind soul a few months ago :) i think i need not write anymore than that, since he wasnt the chap i sold it to years ago. i give it a 4 not because its bad or anything like that but because of lack of realtime controls if the juno had had those it would have rated the 5. be good all

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-05-2007 at 23:46
prolleman a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I've got mine about 20 years ago it was my first ever synth (i own the HS-10 which in fact is a juno 1 with different colours).I recently got it back from under the dust to my other gear ( jv-80, motif 7, JV1010) and was amazed by the great analog sounds (I hadn't played it for at least 12 years). I now use it fore the strings and the bass sounds and for some tweaking lead solo sounds. the great thing is that it is velocity and aftertouch sensitive through MIDI and playing the sound with my motif is just great especially when you put the outputs of the juno into the inputs of the motif, then you can use the motifs system effects on the juno sounds. A juno with REVERB great. just love it now.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-10-2005 at 05:38
Alain Roose from Belgium writes:
The Alpha Juno 1 is a great analog sounding synth! Warm in sound and still very usable.With the Alpha Dial you can edit and browse through a selection of parameters: , LFO, ENV, pulse, waveforms, noise and much more. Midi, 128 patches ( preset and user ), chord memory, portamento. I've programmed my Juno 1 full with cello's ( beautiful )and bass-sounds and my god; they sound like hell ( from sweeping TB303's to deep ac.basslines ).Bought it last year for 200 euro's. Nice deal.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-27-2004 at 15:57
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