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.


Roland Juno-106
Roland Juno-106

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, William Orbit, Tangerine Dream, Underworld, Reel 2 Real, Jam & Spoon, and Vangelis.[4]

The Juno-106 was Roland's bestselling synthesizer until the release of the Roland D-50 later in the decade.[5] 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, specially with EDM and artists such as Tame Impala,[6] Daft Punk,[7] Calvin Harris,[8] Armin Van Buuren,[9] Mark Ronson,[10] Caribou[11] among many others.

Hardware re-issues and recreations[edit]

In 2015, Roland release the JU-06 sound module, a digital recreation of the Juno-106 using the Roland ACB technology. It is battery powered, has 4-voices and 23 parameters controlled from the front panel.[12] It cost $299 at the time of the release.[13]

in 2016, Behringer released the Deepmind-12, an analog synthesizer inspired by the Juno-106 which features 12 voices.[14] It was priced at $999 at the time of release.[15] In 2020, developer Momo Müller released an unofficial PC MIDI editor with the interface of June-106, called the Deepmind - Juno-106 Editor.[16]

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.[12] It cost $399 at the time of the release.[17]

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.[18]

In June 2020, Roland released Zenology plugins for Roland synths, which includes a Juno-106 emulator.[19][20]

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.[21][22]

TAL-U-No-LX by ToguAudioLine is one of the most popular emulations of the Juno-106[23]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "The History Of Roland: Part 2". Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. ^ Corporation, Roland. "Roland - JUNO-106 | Software Synthesizer". Roland. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  4. ^ Peter Manning, Electronic and Computer Music, page 297, Oxford University Press
  5. ^ Colbeck, Julian (1996). Keyfax Omnibus Edition. Emeryville, CA: MixBooks. p. 104. ISBN 0-918371-08-2.
  6. ^ "Tame Impala". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  7. ^ "Recording Random Access Memories | Daft Punk". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  8. ^ February 2012, Future Music20. "Interview: Calvin Harris on software, hardware and hit-making". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  9. ^ "Armin Van Buuren". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  10. ^ "Mark Ronson". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  11. ^ "Caribou's Dan Snaith on His Decade-long Electronic Music Evolution". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  12. ^ a b "Roland Icon Series: The Juno-106 Synthesizer". Roland Resource Centre. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  13. ^ March 2016, Dan Goldman 20. "Roland Boutique JU-06 review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  14. ^ Ltd, Magnolia International. "Behringer | Product | DEEPMIND 12". Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  15. ^ April 2017, Bruce Aisher 16. "Behringer DeepMind 12 review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  16. ^ guest (2020-01-31). "Behringer DeepMind 12 Gets Unofficial Juno 106 MIDI Editor". Synthtopia. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  17. ^ "Roland JU-06A Review". MusicTech. 2019-10-04. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  18. ^ "Ten Of The Best: Analogue-Style Synth Plugins - Page 10 of 11". Attack Magazine. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  19. ^ July 2020, Ben Rogerson01. "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.
  20. ^ Abrons, Sara. "Roland Intros ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer Plug-in – rAVe [PUBS]". Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  21. ^ October 2020, Ben Rogerson05. "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.
  22. ^ 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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