MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Juno-66

Friday, July 13, 2018

Roland Juno-66

via this auction

"Check out the coolest synthesizer, straight from the 80's. The Juno-6 with the highly coveted Tubbutec Midi Modification, allowing an array of different functions including Midi capabilities - which was not a stock option.

*In Addition to the Tubbutec Mod, the key bender was also replaced with a clear, LED red light up key bender (pictured).

The first in Roland's classic Juno line of more affordable polysynths, the Juno-6 offers six voices of polyphony with a single digitally controlled analog oscillator, with sub-oscillator, per voice and patch wide analog chorus effects to thicken sounds. Features rich analog tone and stable tuning

The Juno-66 is an upgrade for Roland Juno-6 and Juno-60 synthesizers. It turns your Juno into a powerful Juno-66 synthesizer with midi and a lot of additional features.

Main features

Midi in- and output. Can output key presses, arpeggiator, Powerarp and chord memory.
Additional play modes: Polyphonic, Duophonic, Three-Voice, Two Monophonic modes, Chord Memory and Polychord. The Mono- and Duophonic modes feature adjustable fatness
Portamento for all play modes with adjustable speed and behaviour
Powerarp: A powerful sequencer that includes breaks and note lengths and can be triggered by the arp clock, trigger, midi clock or midi trigger. Features various direction, transpose and random modes.
Two additional filter LFOs: A triangular LFO with a frequency of up to 2.2kHz and a S/H style LFO with various clock sources.
A second ADSR for the filter.
Detuning. Turns your Juno into an organic analogue synth.
Alternative tunings: Select from a range of non-equal tempered tunings or upload a custom scale.
Midi filter, pitch bend, arp and portamento control.
Settings via an internal configuration menu or external midi controller.
Extra features accessible using the existing Juno controls
Comes with sticker overlays and all necessary parts
For a complete list of features please refer to the user manual.
Some features in more detail

The Juno-66 adds additional play modes to the existing 6-voice polyphonic mode.
The Duophonic mode layers 3 oscillators for each voice and slightly detunes them. The result is a fatter sound, often called supersaw or supersquare. The amount of fatness can be adjusted.
The two Monophonic modes layer all six oscillators to create an even thicker sound. The fatness is adjustable. You can also select between two envelope retrigger behaviours.
Chord Memory lets you define a chord of your choice with up to six notes. You can then play and transpose it using the keyboard.
Polychord lets you assign an individual chord to each key of the keyboard. You can play the chords using the keyboard.

The Powerarp is a built in sequencer. A new sequence can be quickly entered and can also include breaks and different note lengths. The sequencer can then be triggered by various clock sources. The sequence can be transposed using the keyboard and shifted forth and back in time.
Forward, backward, forward-backward and three different random modes can be selected and the sequence automatically transposed over two octaves.
An external trigger, the internal arp clock, midi note trigger and midi clock are possible trigger sources. A divider for the midi clock can be set and adjusted in real time without losing sync.

A polyphonic portamento that works in all play modes including chord memory and Polychord!
You can adjust the speed and two preset speeds are directly accessible via a switch on the synth.
The portamento is linear on a musical scale and you can select between constant time or constant speed behaviour.
A special algorithm makes sure that even in Polychord mode the portamento sounds natural."

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