Automatic Gainsay wrote:I will make the statement I always make which causes people who grew up more recently to say "Oh, Grandpa, you're crazy!!"
In 2000 or so, when I became re-obsessed with analog synthesizers, the general consensus was that the Junos, etc. weren't "real analog," due to the DCOs. As such, they were really cheap compared to most other synths.
I was approached by a friend of a friend at a gig in Minneapolis in about 2001 or 2002, who knew that I was into analog synths. He said, "Yeah, I love the vintage stuff, but I can't afford real analog. I bought a Juno 6, and it's pretty good for a cheap synth."
That's how things were. At a certain point, all of the VCO polysynths were getting more and more rare, which caused a run on the Junos... eventually they started gaining descriptive attributes like "that warm Juno sound." It's really strange.
I completely agree with this.
my little story (that I've told here before) is shortly after graduating high school, I bought my first proper synth, a brand new Roland JP-8000, soon followed it by a guitar towards a store's floor demo Korg Prophecy. A bit more than a year later an older local musician was getting rid of old unused gear and I picked up an Arp Odyssey mkIII, Oberheim Two Voice, Korg VC-10 (all together for around $900). The immediacy and purity of these lead to me trading off my two VAs and quickly acquiring a MS-10, Taurus II, Emulator II with a pair of Oberheim DPX1s and a Drumulator and I still had a little change left over. All in all things were great and a lot of fun. I had a nice studio started and was beginning to build it up and then at some point I bought a Juno 60.
this is where my analog/vintage myopathy began to waver. there just wasn't much of anything to the Juno, which then led to the addition of a Jupiter 6 to compensate and between the two, I was constantly reminded of my old JP-8000 except that they just weren't as capable. The Juno 60 especially, it lacks any of the character of any of the other analogs and that along with its limited capacity just became a glaring example of how Virtual Analog really isn't a bad thing and actually has a lot of merit.
anyway, these days nearly all of that gear is gone and not missed and I am a very happy owner of a JP-8080. I've had the opportunity to own and play a lot of synths over the years and I really find almost nothing more boring than a simple DCO polysynth like the Juno, they really devalue the word "analog" and for 80's synths, I'd much rather use $750 to buy an ESQ-1, DSS-1 and a D-50