Synth Site: Roland: Juno 60: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Technoman a professional user from UK writes:
Wow, this is phat sound. I own Juno-60 for some time now and I just get off that thing. Yes, the features are limited, but you get enough oscilltors, modulations and polyphony (6) to make great music. Forget 106, get 60 and DCB to MIDI converter. Patch memory is limited too (56), but there's still a way to back them up. I bought some phaaat sound from one guy. He's got a web site at and I think there'll be more banks. Now, isn't everything like with modern digial synths, but sounds analog and natural? Hey, just get one!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 09:07
AKIBA a professional user from USA writes:
It takes a lickin and keeps on tickin! My J-60 was the first synth I've ever owned and despite my fluctuation in owning other synth brands, I will NEVER part with my Juno-60! I'll starve to death and sell off all of my worldly possessions before I succumb to selling mine. If you can find a working unit, get it at any cost.. My board still has the original RAM battery (it's still pushing the same voltage since 1983!), been thrown into trunks of cars and fallen face-down on hard surfaces, on many recording sessions and concert dates. Only repair was to replace the power cord. Despite the strength and durability of this synth, I strongly suggest that you sample the shit out of it, and keep it at home or in the studio - unless you have an auxiliary/second J-60 available, consider the MKS-50 module for your touring rig. Also consider collecting broken J-60's for spare parts.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-09-2001 at 11:49
Joshua Kirch a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I purchased this about 2 days ago. I have not slept. I will not sleep. The tones that come out of the old roland filters are just plain.... GODLIKE. That feeling you get in your ears during a well placed filter sweep where verything in your head just compresses for a second, that's what this machine is made of. I lucked into it in near mint for 150$ (US) case included.

Midi implementation would be nice, but a 100 $ converter's fine. The Arpeggiator, LFO trigger and Pitchbend wheel are amazing. The LFO trigger allows you to assign the lfo to a manual mode, (great for randomly screwing up sounds in mid-riff) The pitchbend wheel can be set to affect pitch, filter or both (at varying aounts) the arpeggiator is amazing. Sync it to a 606 (get one of those too!) and hold down a bass note with your thumb, play filter with your fingers and use your right hand to play a perfectly sequenced melody.

In comparison, the 106 sounds kinda thin (this thing is just that thick!), and has no arpeggiator. That's really sad. With an asking price of about 350 or so, just buy one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-15-2001 at 15:13
Philip a part-time user from Dallas, TX USA writes:
This was the 1st synth I ever got to play before I owned a synth and I recently lucked into one online for $150. It's amazing how something so simple and straightforward can sound so "right". These are the strings and pads I've wanted for ages but wasn't getting with my digtals, VA, and other analogs I've used. I guess I would say that the sounds just have more life and movement to them on the Juno. I would have liked to have seen a true unison mode, portamento, and maybe more memory slots, but what it might lack in performance features, it more than makes up in sound. If you're a fan of the new wave/synthpop genres, you'll be very happy if you're lucky enough to find a 60. I'll also add that the contruction quality is excellent. Mine was shipped with only 1 layer of bubble pack in a box almost twice it's size (much to my horror when opening the box) and survived the trip via UPS intact. Solid metal front panel and sturdy faux wooden endcheeks. Simple, yet superb.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-30-2000 at 17:27
AdamT a professional user from UK writes:
Yeah, it`s a bit of a four-trick-pony, warm strings, lush pads, plucky Enya sounds and chunky basses, but for the price you can get them for, who cares!. it isn`t as monotonal as the 106 by any stretch though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-24-2000 at 03:21
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