Okay, so its an old 1-osc pre-MIDI polysynth, no big deal, right?
Well, actually, no. This beast turned out to be very suprising indeed.
Its crazy for a 22-year-old synth but this 60 looked brand-new - no blemishes, no scratches, just really pristine! (click on the pic for a bigger version) So of course, I had to give it a listen. I was immediately hooked and quickly forked over the cash from the Orphans Fund ;)
Having had it about 2 weeks, I have to say the Juno60 sounds a lot thicker than any 1-osc polysynth has any decent right to - a lot of that must have to do with both saw and pulse waveshapes being available simultaneously (and the Sub osc, of course). Then there's the impossibly rich and swirly oldschool Roland chorus...thick as a brick!
There were even some unexpected "extras" like envelope-driven oscillator PW modulation, a high-pass filter after the sweetly-resonant LP filter and an invertable ADSR.
I'm really loving it as a pad machine for amazing swirling-morphing-in-front-of your-face things and oldstyle analog strings, though it does most of the polysynth bread-and-butter just fine as well, plus it has a warmth that is really addictive. When I'm a bit lazy and don't feel like deep-programming any of my "big" synths, its easy to dial up a sweet pad or e-piano on this beastie and just jam away...sometimes immediacy is better than depth.
I've added a Kenton DCB converter, so MIDI isn't really an issue at this point. Plus, filter control via CC is handy not to mention syncing the arp up to MIDI clock helps too.
...I even got rid of my Roland V-synth to give this baby a home. I know, I know - I'm crazy, but the V-Synth went to a sweet lady who promised to only drive it on Sundays and keep it polished in its heated garage, so how could I refuse?
I can get some V-Synth type timbres out of my other gear (really) so its not too bad a loss. I only have room for a few keyboards so one had to go (or my wife would have asked me to go). And there was no way I was going to get rid of the Microwave XTk or Polyevolver Keyboard - they're keepers. The Juno60 is a keeper too. I don't think anyone is more suprised than I am :)