MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Juno-106S | Afterglow

Friday, May 31, 2019

Roland Juno-106S | Afterglow

Published on May 31, 2019 Alex Ball

"The Roland Juno-106 is probably one of the most famous polyphonic synthesizers from the 80s but it had a couple of lesser known variations; the HS-60 and the 106S, both of which had built-in speakers, but were otherwise identical.

The 106S was apparently sold in Japan with the HS-60 sold to the rest of the world, but if you know anymore let me know!

The story of this track was that it was something I'd written last year for demoing the 106 for my "Land of the Rising Sound" documentary. On the day of recording there was so many synths and drum machines to setup and record that we ran out of time and the intended 106 and Super-JX demos had to be dropped. On the plus side, Ra @ MadFAME and synth4ever did some great demos instead, which you can enjoy in the film.

Anyway, I've now got to record the demo that never was and extend it out into a longer thing. Hope you enjoy it!

Roland Juno-106S (1984)
Roland SH-101 (1982)
Roland TR-707 (1984)
Oberheim DX (1982)
Yamaha DX7 (1983) Not filmed, but playing the odd FM chime if you listen out
Ibanez Jem 7DBK (2002)
Fender Blues Junior II mic'd with SM57
Boss CE-2 Chorus
Vocals recorded with an AKG C414S
Also some Fairlight drum fills that you'll probably recognise from "Owner of a Lonely Heart"

Torvill and Dean were not made by Roland."

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