Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

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Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by alex_mauer » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:39 pm

I kind of follow the logic of Juno-106 vs Synth Plus HS-60... speakers on board... ok. I'm more wondering what's the point of the Alpha Junos vs the Synth Plus 10? They're so similar, if not identical, so what's the point?

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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by Z » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:47 pm

The "home" market.

I've owned several HS-60s and still own a HS-80 (alpha Juno 2 with speakers and new slick, black chassis). Both the HS-60 & HS-80 has external audio inputs for mixing an external source with the synth though the speakers and main out.

Not sure what's up with the HS-10 since it's almost identical to the JU-1.
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by desmond » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:28 pm

They are typically sold in different markets, and/or countries, and tweaked to appeal more that the intended market.

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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by synthparts » Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:54 am

Actually what's an even bigger mystery is the Juno-106S. Exact same thing as the HS-60 (Juno-106 w/speakers)...
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by cornutt » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:20 am

synthparts wrote:Actually what's an even bigger mystery is the Juno-106S. Exact same thing as the HS-60 (Juno-106 w/speakers)...
Yeah, I always thought that was strange too. IIRC the 106S is in a standard 106 case with the ends of the panel cut out to accommodate the speakers. The HS-60 of course is in a different case. I guess they were targeting different markets.
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by synthparts » Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:39 am

cornutt wrote:
synthparts wrote:Actually what's an even bigger mystery is the Juno-106S. Exact same thing as the HS-60 (Juno-106 w/speakers)...
Yeah, I always thought that was strange too. IIRC the 106S is in a standard 106 case with the ends of the panel cut out to accommodate the speakers. The HS-60 of course is in a different case. I guess they were targeting different markets.
Nah, it's the same case as the HS-60. There's no room for the speakers in the shallower Juno-106 case. The back of the speakers would be cracking the voice board.
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by Mooger5 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:34 pm

It's the same case as in the 106. In the HS-60/106S the voice board sits underneath the keyboard. There's plenty of room inside the original allowing for modifications.
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by synthparts » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:31 am

Mooger5 wrote:It's the same case as in the 106. In the HS-60/106S the voice board sits underneath the keyboard. There's plenty of room inside the original allowing for modifications.
No, they are not the same case. Believe me, I have both synths right here. See how much taller the HS-60/Juno-106S case is? The voice board would be crushed by the keys inside the 106 case.

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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by Mooger5 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:27 am

You were right. I stand corrected.
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Re: Why does the Roland Synth Plus series exist?

Post by Mooger5 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:26 pm

:D I have to share this. Yesterday I dusted off my 106 and found my last good 80017a "hiding" under the keyboard! And a couple resistors. And bits of wire LOL. I was looking for that chip for months!

I might use it for turning the 106 paraphonic. ;)

Awesome thread.
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