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roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

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I'm looking for a decent sounding polyphonic analog synth for £300 or under, preferably with an arpeggiator or sequencer and ability to save patches

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by smoothcriminal » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:59 pm

Akai AX60! It doesn't sound anything like a Juno (IMHO, although I've never owned a Juno) but it's got a very similar feature set and layout to a 60 (practically identical minus the Junos' sub-oscillator, plus bitimbral split and VCO-Filter-mod). In fact it's my guess that Akai put the "60" in there in order to market it to people who wanted a Juno 60.

On the other hand if you really want the Juno sound, a JX-?p might be a good compromise .
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Post by schmidtc » Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:48 pm

I'm also thinking of something along these lines. The JX3P sounds pretty different from an old Juno to my ears. Does the AX-60 support MIDI CC for front panel controls? The chroma polaris often hits that price mark.

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Post by smoothcriminal » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:12 pm

AX60 only has midi note on/off only, just like the Juno 60. Same with the JX3P I think.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by CfNorENa » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:31 pm

Korg Polysix meets your criteria, but I don't know the UK market, so I'm not sure you can find one for your price. If you find one, make sure it has a new battery and no damage from leakage on the old battery.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by braincandy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:36 pm

I don't know if anything is really a clone of those particular Junos, but you might try a Kawai SX-240. It can store patches and has an onboard sequencer. They don't seem to be as common as the Akais and JX series, though.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by shaft9000 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:06 pm

sx-240 seconded.
those are the closest to a Juno sound outside Roland imho.

OP didn't rule out alphaJuno's either - but I can see the resistance as they're a bit different soundwise in every area adding up to a totally different tone, and the interface is...

OP might find an MKS-70 at that price which would offer much more than a Juno .
it's very much like 2 "2-osc Juno 106s[=JX ]" sandwiched together, w/ the chorus if you still want to use it - so it doesn't lose anything(except the sliders) and it adds the OSC mod(sync/x-mod...sort of)

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Solderman » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:20 pm

Only thing about the SX-240 is, I believe they are hard to find. Am I allowed to suggest software?
The closest I've come for less than $100 was to get a Boss CE-300 rack chorus, which is basically the same chorus in the JX8P and Juno 106, and use the "Sixth Month June" VST from the Elektrostudio plugins, which are free. Disable the software's chorus, and use the Boss chorus, as a Send/parallel effect. To do that, you'd already need an audio interface with free outputs and a mixer, though.
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by smoothcriminal » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:58 pm

Solderman wrote:Am I allowed to suggest software?
I don't think that meets the OP's criteria of a "polyphonic analog." :D But I do love the TAL-UNO 62 Juno emulator software, personally.

I've been going through the same analog/poly quest as the OP and many others for the past few months (since I registered a screen name here, actually). In my experience the Kawai SX is the most rare/expensive (edit: ..of the lesser-known analog polys), followed by the Siel DK series which are rare but cheap, followed by Polaris which can be cheap or Juno-priced depending on the auction, then Akai AX60 (VCO) and 80 (DCO) which are less common than Junos but show up on eBay regularly, and finally Alpha Juno and JX-?ps which are easy to find and shockingly cheap without the programmer. Out of all of these, IMHO the Akai's have the best interfaces, especially the 60 which is basically a Juno 60 interface. That's the experience I've had compulsively watching eBay & Craigslist for these things over 3-4 months.

edit - this is relevant to the US market I guess, I don't know how different the European market is. More Siels, maybe?
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by schmidtc » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:53 pm

So why don't you want a Juno anyhow?

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by OriginalJambo » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:04 pm

A JX-3P, JX-8P or JX-10 would all be ideal alternatives IMO.

Oh and despite only having analogue filters I think the ESQ-1 is also worth a look - it can sound really good.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by smoothcriminal » Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:20 pm

schmidtc wrote:So why don't you want a Juno anyhow?
I'll feel dumb if you were asking the OP and not me, but personally it's because I'm cheap and don't want to pay extra for the brand name/hype around the Juno when less popular vintage analogs with similar specs can be had for half the price.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by computron » Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:14 am

shaft9000 wrote:sx-240 seconded.
those are the closest to a Juno sound outside Roland imho
matrix6r/1000 is a very different sound yet equally cool

I agree as well .I think thats because of the great great chorus, They use the same chip MN3009/MN3101 Kawai sx210 Sx 240 and Juno 6/60

schmidtc wrote:So why don't you want a Juno anyhow?

good question with the price range your looking at you could grab a juno 6 very easy vs a jx3p, ax 60 ,kawai sx or a Siel.


I own the sx210 and sx240 and they do sound kinda of like the juno 6/60 but not quite.With the Sx's Its more like the Juno 6/60 MN3009/MN3101 chorus meets the Korg polysix SSM2044 filter is a good way to sum up.It still sounds different though. :lol:
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by redchapterjubilee » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:55 pm

I would be patient and find a Juno. The word is out about the 106 voice chip failure, but the word hasn't got out about the acetone soak that revives the chips. So 106's & HS-60's are selling for less than they have been. You could get a good deal on one that's got issues and soak the chips.
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