Roland Juno-60

The Roland Juno-60 is a classic analog polyphonic synthesizer from the early eighties. The sound is really warm, clear and transparent. It’s capable of some really pleasant and delicate timbres and I think itís perfect for synthpop. The Juno 60 can cover a lot of sonic territory, and does everything from bass, brass, strings, pads, bells, stabs. leads, filter sweeps, percussive and snappy sequenced sounds to weird FX type sounds. It has a powerful filter with clear resonance. This is indeed one of Roland finest synthesizers.

The Juno-60 is a simple synthesizer and its very easy and straightforward to program. In fact I would highly recommend the Juno-60 for beginners, as it’s almost impossible to make a bad sound on this synthesizer. Despite the fact that it has only a single oscillator, it sounds really warm and powerful. This is partly due to the rich sounding onboard chorus which really fattens up the sound, but also the suboscillator and the mixable waveforms do their part.

The Juno-60 is probably the closest youíll get to the sonic character of the classic Roland Jupiter 8. In fact they share many of the same components. Obviously the features on the Juno are rather basic compared to the Jupiter, and thereís a few things missing such as a second oscillator, tremolo and more LFO waves. However, simplicity is sometimes a blessing. It makes using this synthesizer very easy and intuitive. Just the way it should be.

The Juno-60 also has a lovely arpeggiator, which is very musical and tremendously fun to play.

The Juno-60 was later succeeded by the Juno-106 which had some more features like tremolo, more memory and MIDI (but lacking the arpeggiator). However the Juno-60 sounds slightly warmer to some ears.

Audio demo samples:

Juno synthpop Juno-60 multitrack

Juno arpeggiator a short 3 track using the arpeggiator. The bass is also a simple arpeggio

The Chauffeur The sequence from Duran Duran’s The Chauffeur