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Just how good can a single oscillator, 6-voice synth get?
If you care to read a number synth forums around the globe, you'll find (after wading through sometimes too much inane trolling) that the otherwise humble Juno 6 or Juno 60 was the first synth for a significant number of players, and that it still remains a firm favourite in the eyes, hands, and ears of many. Its architecture could not really be simpler: a single DCO with sawtooth, pulse, and a square wave sub-osc with dedicated level control. Pulse width can be controlled manually, or by LFO, or by the envelope. There is a self-resonant LPF and an HPF with a stepped level control. Standard ADSR envelope and two of the popular Roland Chorus effects. There is also an arpeggiator and a transpose function. Sounds basic and probably is, but for reasons that I can't sufficiently explain, there is an intangible friendliness about the Juno - something beguiling (probably not unlike its namesake), something downright decent about it. I would not be without one.
The best 1-oscillator synth ever made
The Juno-60 has sort of a late-70s-sounding vibe, very snappy envelopes. The Juno-106 in comparison, is less earthy and more shimmery. This synth is incredible for simple synth sounds. It always sounds good. The chorus is the best chorus ever made. But even without chorus it's great. It has an instantly recognizable sound and a very addictive feel to it. This is perfcet as a first synthesizer, when you're learning how synthesis works and can't handle complicated modulation options yet. Also fits perfect in a mix.
'Warm/muffled' sounding, entry-level vintage synth.
I've owned a Juno-60 since the mid 90s so its hard to be objective, but it was my first analogue poly, so holds a sentimental place in my heart. Regarding its sound and capabilities this is subjective. It makes nice 'warm/muffled' analogues sounds especially compared to a more 'brittle' sounding Jupiter 6 - but its much more sonically limited than a Jupiter 6. The HPF is 5 stage, stepped rather than smooth (like the 0+/- lock/click on Technics 1210/1200s Im guessing this could be altered nowadays though?), and theres only 1 LFO and no sync.
Q: Would I buy another if mine died or got stolen? Yeah, though Im not sure that todays prices warrant its requirement compared to the latest glut of new analogue polys.