Roland Juno-106

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Roland Juno-106
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ManufacturerRoland
Dates1984-1988[1]
PriceUS$1095
UK£799
JP¥139,000
Technical specifications
Polyphony6 voices
TimbralityPolyphonic
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
EffectsChorus
Input/output
Keyboard61 keys
External controlMIDI

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

Features[edit]

The Juno-106 is a polyphonic synthesizer with six voices.[2] 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]

Impact[edit]

The Juno-106 was used by artists including Jacob Mann, Vince Clarke, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Chvrches, Leftfield, William Orbit, Tangerine Dream, Underworld, and Vangelis.[3]

The Juno-106 was Roland's bestselling synthesizer until the release of the Roland D-50 later in the decade.[4] 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forrest, Peter (1996). The A-Z of Analogue Synthesizers: Part 2: N-Z. Devon, England: Susurreal. p. 64. ISBN 09524377-1-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e "The History Of Roland: Part 2". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. ^ Peter Manning, Electronic and Computer Music, page 297, Oxford University Press
  4. ^ Colbeck, Julian (1996). Keyfax Omnibus Edition. Emeryville, CA: MixBooks. p. 104. ISBN 0-918371-08-2.