Released in 1982 the Juno-60 is one of the first Roland "Junos", coming about a year after the Juno 6. About 30,000 Juno-6's and Juno 60's were produced before being discontinued in 1984 with the release of the Juno-106. The Juno-60 is still very popular due it's "warm sound" and easy to use functions which are perfect for anyone just starting out and wishing to learn how to program a analog synthesizer. It's also one of the few vintage analog synths that has not skyrocketed in price due to the fact that it only has one oscillator, six voices and a limited number of sound possibilities. You can probably still pick one up for less then $500. US dollars depending on the condition.
The Juno 60 came just before the invention of the MIDI spec and does not have MIDI built in, so you need to get a midi->dcb converter to be able to sequence it with all your midi gear. Roland made the MD-8 interface which will let you do that. You can also get one from Kenton Electronics. Roland also produced the JSQ-60 sequencer, which is an external sequencer controller for the Juno-60.
The Juno stores 56 patches in it's memory, however by pressing down numbers 5 and 1 or 2, at the same time, you can access an additional 20 patches and bring the total to 76 patches. You can also power up the Juno with the "Key Transpose" button pressed and the arpeggio mode-switch up to enter "Mono Mode" and all 6 voices will be assigned to the last key pressed. Great for bass or lead synth sounds.
Roland MD-8 - DCB to Midi Converter and JSQ-60 sequencer
The Kid Nepro Juno-60 collection is available as a WAV file. To load the WAV file, just connect your computer audio output to your Juno-60 cassette interface and you can load in the sounds the same way you would from a cassette tape. The files will open in any program that plays .WAV files. Just click on the above "loading instructions" link for complete info. Our sounds will also get you back in business if your Juno's battery has died and you lost all the sounds in the memory.
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