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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Ian Skarshaug a part-timer user from USA writes:
I've had the pleasure of owning my Juno-60 for over 13 years When i bought it, I thought that $550 was a high price even though a few years before it went new for $2000. Every dollar spent has been well worth it. Most of the comments here are sooo true. Everything sounds the same after awhile, but that "sameness" is just such an audio charmer! It was the ONLY synth i owned for about 5 years. And I was perfectly content. I will start putting some of my Juno-60 sounds on my website sometime in the near future. this address might change soon ( aol is nasty). As for now, don't bother with the tape deck! Don't bother with presets! Half the fun is making the sounds yourself! the filter is the best I've ever heard on any similar priced analog. Unfortunately, I have yet to find Nulogic or Kenton ( produces DCB -> MIDI). This is my only gripe. Heck, even the chorus hiss ( as minor as it is) can be filtered out. I am also looking for schematics on this beast...being an engineer, I would love to change some resistors to trimpots and experiment with newer digital filter ICs. If anybody has info on the schematic OR MIDI converters, please email me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-29-1999 at 20:25
vopfler a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
The Juno-60 was the first analog (fine, not _pure_ analog) synth I ever bought - a mere year ago. Before that time, I was obsessed with the pristine brightness afforded by digital synths, and knew not of the intrinsic morphological nature of analog-style synths. It was advertised for a relatively cheap price (AUD$250) so I decided to check it out.

Upon first playing it, stumbling through a couple of presets, my heart sank. Was this a joke? AUD$250 for what sounded like a Casiotone having its teeth flossed? How possibly could those strange sliders rescue this synth's credibility if the presets sounded like *that*? I reached for the resonance slider, and boosted it up. Hmm, interesting. Then I turned down the filter slider to near-bottom.

Before I knew it, I was floating in a sub-ethereal universe inhabited by billions of lurching demons, eating and drinking at a banquet of gut wrenching sound. Whoah, the filter REALLY f***ked up that wannabe "organ"! I instantly realised the synth's potential, parted with my cash, tipped my hat, and ran back home with it (it is quite heavy, by the way!).

I was disappointed to find that it was not velocity sensitive, and the 6-note polyphony was inhibiting. However, as time went by, I was continually impressed with the dark, ultra-phat, and/or lusciously sweeping sounds it could crank out. Everything sounded warm, smooth, and rich. The texture of the Juno-60's sounds versus my other digital synths' sounds was like comparing the trunk of a Grand oak with a "Get Well Soon" card.

You can easily spend hours just tweaking a note on "Hold" (useful button!) and let the ever-morphing sound wash over you - its ability to generate indescribable sounds is what I love most about it. It is useful for creating engorged pads (thin and wispy, fat and embracing, or anything inbetween), and I will be hung by a horse's hair before I am unable to get a decent bass sound out of it; its "warbly" basses are particularly excellent.

On the down side, it lacks MIDI ports. This is nothing a few hundred dollars cannot fix, but it would be a nice part of the package. The 6-note polyphony still bugs me, as you cannot play sequences of mellow pad chords with more than 3 notes in each chord, or you have one or more notes cutting out which ruins it. In addition, some people may find the physical design tacky, or quirky at the least.

Overall, though, it is an irreplaceable gem. Just make sure you dig deeply into its synthesis controls. Buy one, steal one, sell your underage relatives to questionable bureaucrats to get one - you need it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-29-1999 at 03:20
Jimmy a part-timer user from USA writes:
Well,i was in my local music shop one day quite some time ago and they had the "used vintage section" of the store. i had known nothing about Analogs or the sort, and i came across a Juno 60. At first i though "eww, its gross, ugly colors..and theres Wood on the side panels! what a joke!" then i looked at the price. $100 US...i thought that was too much to pay for a "piece of junk like that" now im much more educated in the synth world and i kick my self in the Ass everytime i think bout that...I will find one again... Vince Clarke uses this beast!! along with the Juno 106 and 6!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-20-1999 at 14:27
a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i own many anylog synths but were talkig junos here im constenly battling my juno 60 to the juno 106 and i got to admit the 106 has more hidden sounds to be found but my 60 puts on the heat when it comes to sound quantity

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-20-1999 at 17:21
Don a professional user from usa writes:
Hey, I like the guy who's homeless and pays for gas in pennies, but has time to post synth reviews and has a computer and a Visa card to pay for an ISP. All right. The Juno 60 was very hip in 1983 when it came out. I agree it is better than the 106; in fact, I'm going to trade my 106 for a friend's 60 because I remember really liking several of the pad sounds. I sold mine in the 1984 rush everyone joined in to snag the first DX7 on the block. Silly mistake in hindsight. Great fake woodgrain side panels. Great for those Hooters/Cyndi Lauper mid-80's blips and bleeps. A nice, overlooked synth that got caught in the middle of digital mania. Nice to see it's making a comeback.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-28-1998 at 04:51
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