Roland was one of the main pacemakers in analogue synthesis, also competing
with the Sequential and Oberheim products. They did anticipate the moving
market and produced the Juno-6 relatively early. This was one of the first
accessible synths, having a reasonbly fat analogue sound without the price
card of the monster predecessors. It brought synthesis to the mass market that
marked the decline of Sequential Circuits and Oberheim who continued to make
their products bigger and fatter. The reduced price tag meant it had a slightly
thinner sound, and a chorus was added to extend this, to be a little more
The synth again follows the Mini Moog design with three oscillators one of
which is dedicated to being an LFO, these fead into a filter and then an
amplifier. There is only one envelope generator that can apply to both the
filter and amplifier.
DCO: Amount of pitch wheel that is applied to the oscillators frequency.
VCF: Amount of pitch wheel that is applied to the filter frequency.
Tune: Master tuning of instrument
Glide: length of portamento
LFO: Manual control for start of LFO operation.
Transpose: Up/Down one octave
Hold: prevent key off events
Rate: Frequency of LFO
Delay: Period before LFO is activated
Man/Auto: Manual or Automatic cut in of LFO
LFO: Amount of LFO affecting frequency. Affected by mod wheel.
PWM: Amount of LFO affecting PWM. Affected by mod wheel.
ENV/LFO/MANUAL: Modulator for PWM
Pulse or Ramp wave. Pulse has PWM capabily.
On/Off first fundamental square wave.
Mixer for fundamental
Mixer of white noise source.
HPF: High Pass Filter
Frequency of cutoff.
Amount of contour applied to cutoff
Depth of LFO modulation applied.
Amount of key tracking appliied.
Contour is either gated or modulated by ADSR
8 Selectable levels of Dimension-D type helicopter flanger.
* The original instrument had a basic sequencer on board for portamento effects
on each key. In fact, so did the Prophet-10 and Oberheims. This has not been
implemented on any of the synths and is a potential area for development.
The LFO cut in and gain is adjusted by a timer and envelope that it triggers.
The Juno would improve from the use of the prophet DCO rather than its own one.
It would require a second oscillator for the sub frequency, but the prophet DCO
can do all the Juno does with better resampling and PWM generation.
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