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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

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Solderman wrote: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.
I've already got the TAL-UNO-62 VST but I wana get the real deal just because using real gear feels a lot nicer plus the sliders make editing easier and nicer

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Sir Nose » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:03 pm

redchapterjubilee wrote: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.
1st I heard of the acetone soak. I can wait to help my friend bring his 106 back to life. And possibly pick up a 106 with original voice chips for a steel.
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:17 pm

You soak the old chips in Acetone and take off the resinous coating. Does not work 100% of the time.

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Post by redchapterjubilee » Sun Jun 13, 2010 7:54 am

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Post by Bohemian86 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:17 pm

More support for the Ax-60 and SX-240! You may be able to find a JX-8p for 300. Warm dark and creamy goodness.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:18 pm

No, the JX3P doesn't sound like the Junos... because it has MORE FUNCTIONS and A SECOND OSCILLATOR.
Yes, the interface totally sucks a*s, but the synth is fantastic, sounds great, and full of great functionality. In addition to all of these things, it is dirt cheap, and has no recurrent issues.
The Juno hype is absolutely hype.

I've never played an SX-240, but I absolutely loved the SX-210 and would recommend it as well.
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Hair » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:49 pm

I recall reading that the acetone soak can extend the lives of chips but it won't always save them and they can still fail down the road, but it does help. The best option are those clone chips, but they're a little pricey - if you wanted to replace a full set I understand it would cost more than the going rate of the synth itself, no?

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Ashe37 » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:48 pm

Just about, but then you'd have a considerably lower chance of voice chip failure

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Pro5 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:06 am

Polysix or JX-3P over any Juno. Neither sound the same as the juno, both have things in common with Juno (6/60) but are not exact. Polysix is closer in design (1 osc+sub, arpeg etc) but the filters aren't the same sound by any means, and it's VCO vs DCO if you care. JX-3P has similar filter sound (well, same chip) but envs aren't quite as fast (software) - but as AG said, it's got far more tricks up it's sleeve (2 osc) but lacks hands on (without programmer). When you consider you could possibly bag a Polysix with minimal battery damage + a reliable JX-3P for the same price as a Juno 60 you'd prob be wise to consider this option. Far more versatile, better sounds in some areas and something different from the crowd.

Honestly my Juno 6 I got rid of because it didn't excite me much though it had a GREAT solid basic sound of it's own - if you must have THAT sound then get a juno not an alternative. If you are open to more variety and possibilities then get Polysix/JX-3P.

Or just get all 3. :)

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by analoglsd » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:10 am

I think the Alpha Juno/MKS-50 is closer to the 6/60/106 than the JX-3P.
The Oberheim Matrix 6 is a killer poly synth for cheap, and they're not hard to find. Great for ambient evolving pads.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by nathanscribe » Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:06 pm

The Junos are great and I'd never deter anybody from getting one. Patch creation is an absolute doddle on those things. There are some very goood suggestion for alternatives here, but some of them lack the slider-heavy interface. If that's not a problem, then all of them would be worth trying.

I'm going to add another - Crumar Bit 99 (or other model). Weird oscillators, great filters, and despite the push-button interface, I think they're very programmable (easier to get round than the Matrix 6, which is powerful but not much fun to program, IMO). Being able to route the two LFOs to different destinations with different waveforms simultaneously is quite useful in creating textural variation, as the dry oscs are not very exciting. The Bits tend not to be bery popular for some reason - probably fashion. But they're something of a hidden joy when you get your hands on one.

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by noisecomm » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:13 am

Ensoniq: ESQ-1/m, SQ-80
Casio CZ-101/1000/3000...etc
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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by moremagic » Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:52 am

If you can find a Polysix without battery issues, grab it. It has a much spookier sound than the Juno, its fantastic

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Re: roland juno 6/60/106 alternatives

Post by Pro5 » Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:38 am

moremagic wrote:If you can find a Polysix without battery issues, grab it. It has a much spookier sound than the Juno, its fantastic
Funny cos if you find one WITH battery leak issues, it can act like a 'haunted' synth when the patch lights start changing by themselves :lol:

...but yes it does sound fantastic (for those of us who can't acquire a P5/JP8/CS80 just yet)

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