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Roland Juno-106

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Roland Juno-106
Technical specifications
Polyphony6 voices
Oscillator1 DCO per voice
(pulse, saw, square and noise)
LFOtriangle with delay and rate
Synthesis typeAnalog subtractive
FilterAnalog 24dB/oct resonant
low-pass, non-resonant high-pass
AttenuatorADSR envelope generator
Aftertouch expressionNo
Velocity expressionNo
Storage memory128 patches
Keyboard61 keys
External controlMIDI

The Roland Juno-106 is a synthesizer released by Roland Corporation in February 1984.


The Juno-106 is a polyphonic synthesizer with six voices. It is an analog synthesizer but with digitally controlled oscillators and chorus effects.[2][3] Whereas its predecessor, the Juno-60, has 56 patches, the Juno-106 has 128. It introduced Roland's performance lever for pitch bends and modulation, which became a standard feature of Roland instruments.[2] It also adds MIDI and was one of the first analog synthesizers to allow users to sequence parameter changes.[2]


Artists who have used the Juno-106 include Jacob Mann, Vince Clarke, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Chvrches, Leftfield,[4] William Orbit,[5][6] Tangerine Dream, Underworld, Reel 2 Real, Jam & Spoon, and Vangelis.[7]

The Juno-106 was Roland's bestselling synthesizer until the release of the Roland D-50 later in the decade.[8] It remains one of the bestselling synthesizers.[2] In 1985, Roland released two versions with built-in speakers: the Juno-106S and the HS60 Synth Plus.[2]

The synth's popularity continues to the present day, especially with EDM and artists such as Tame Impala,[9] Daft Punk,[10] Calvin Harris,[11] Armin van Buuren,[12] Mark Ronson,[13] Caribou[14] among many others.

Hardware re-issues and recreations[edit]

The Roland MKS-7 Super Quartet, a multi-timbral synth module with dedicated sections for each part, used the same 80017 filter chip as the Juno-106 for the bass section.[15]

In 2015, Roland released the JU-06 sound module, a digital recreation of the Juno-106 using Roland's digital Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology. It is battery powered, has 4-voices and 23 parameters controlled from the front panel.[16] It cost $299 at the time of the release.[17]

in 2016, Behringer released the Deepmind-12, an analog synthesizer inspired by the Juno-106 which features 12 voices.[18] It was priced at $999 at the time of release.[19] In 2020, developer Momo Müller released an unofficial PC MIDI editor with the interface of June-106, called the Deepmind - Juno-106 Editor.[20]

In 2019, Roland released the JU-06A, which is a digitally based synthesizer combining the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106. It has the continuous high-pass filter of the 106, the envelope-controllable pulse-width-modulation of the 60, and the filter of both switchable from the front panel.[16] It cost $399 at the time of the release.[21]

Roland released the Juno-X in 2022, a modern synth featuring digital emulations of the Juno-60 and Juno-106 as well as an additional Juno-X model that features a supersaw waveform, velocity sensitivity and an Alpha-Juno style pitch envelope control.[22][23] The Juno X's control panel design directly references the controls of the Juno-106 while the sound engine follows on from the Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm modern digital synths.[23]

Software emulations[edit]

In 2017, Roland released some software synthesizers in the cloud, including Cloud Juno-106. The cloud subscription cost $240/yr at the time.[24]

In June 2020, Roland released Zenology plugins for Roland synths, which includes a Juno-106 emulator.[25][26]

In 2020, Cherry Audio released the DCO-106 plugin, a juiced up version of the Juno-106 which was priced at $39 USD in 2020.[27][28]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "The History Of Roland: Part 2". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. ^ Corporation, Roland. "Roland - JUNO-106 | Software Synthesizer". Roland. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  4. ^ Wyatt, Malcolm (2015-06-18). "Tripping the Alternative Light Fantastic -- the Leftfield interview".
  5. ^ Goodyer, Tim (Nov 1990). "The Heart Of The Bass". Music Technology. United Kingdom: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing. pp. 52–56. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  6. ^ Tingen, Paul (Oct 1991). "William Orbit". Sound On Sound. United Kingdom. pp. 58–64. Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  7. ^ Peter Manning, Daft Punk, Electronic and Computer Music, page 297, Oxford University Press
  8. ^ Colbeck, Julian (1996). Keyfax Omnibus Edition. Emeryville, CA: MixBooks. p. 104. ISBN 0-918371-08-2.
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  10. ^ "Recording Random Access Memories | Daft Punk". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  11. ^ February 2012, Future Music20 (20 February 2012). "Interview: Calvin Harris on software, hardware and hit-making". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2020-12-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Armin Van Buuren". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  13. ^ "Mark Ronson". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  14. ^ "Caribou's Dan Snaith on His Decade-long Electronic Music Evolution". tapeop.com. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  15. ^ Corporation, Roland. "Roland - Roland Icon Series: The JUNO-106 Synthesizer". Roland. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  16. ^ a b "Roland Icon Series: The Juno-106 Synthesizer". Roland Resource Centre. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  17. ^ March 2016, Dan Goldman 20 (20 March 2016). "Roland Boutique JU-06 review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  18. ^ Ltd, Magnolia International. "Behringer | Product | DEEPMIND 12". www.behringer.com. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  19. ^ April 2017, Bruce Aisher 16 (16 April 2017). "Behringer DeepMind 12 review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ guest (2020-01-31). "Behringer DeepMind 12 Gets Unofficial Juno 106 MIDI Editor". Synthtopia. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  21. ^ "Roland JU-06A Review". MusicTech. 2019-10-04. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  22. ^ Rogersonpublished, Ben (2022-04-27). "Roland's Juno-X is a modern-day synth in '80s clothing". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  23. ^ a b Douglas, Adam (2022-05-06). "What Connection To The Past Does The Roland Juno-X Have?". Attack Magazine. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  24. ^ "Ten Of The Best: Analogue-Style Synth Plugins - Page 10 of 11". Attack Magazine. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  25. ^ July 2020, Ben Rogerson01 (July 2020). "4 classic Roland '80s synths are coming to the Zenology plugin: the JX-8P, SH-101, Juno-106, and Jupiter-8". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  26. ^ Abrons, Sara. "Roland Intros ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer Plug-in – rAVe [PUBS]". www.ravepubs.com. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  27. ^ October 2020, Ben Rogerson05 (5 October 2020). "Cherry Audio's DCO-106 synth plugin is a juiced-up Juno-106 that won't put the squeeze on your wallet". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. ^ Anatomy, Synth (2020-10-04). "Cherry Audio DCO-106 Plugin, New Roland Juno-106 Emulation With MPE Support". SYNTH ANATOMY. Retrieved 2021-02-26.

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