There has been a resurgence of Synthesizers from the 80’s in the modern synth-head consciousness. I believe this is party because of their lauded warmth and fat sound. But also because for their usage in film. The Roland Juno is one of the synths I’ll be discussing.
In general there has been a flashback to 80’s aesthetics with different electronic musicians and in film. Even I have tried this musical style of Synthwave.
I think it’s fun to look back and see the tools electronic musicians have used before. Indeed, it’s fun exploring new synths and seeing what can come out of it.
The time of the 80s synth was the time for synthesizer exploration. It exploded everywhere on the music scene. It slowly has gain so much traction in pop music to the point where there is always some form of synthesis in a track today.
One of the synths I looked back on is the Roland Juno 60. It’s a very iconic synth used by many people. The great thing about today is that there are people recreating that very sound. People recreate the sound with VSTs, Virtual Studio Technology.
They create their own synths, their own versions. Oftentimes they recreate it to precise detail that it is difficult to decipher which one is the recreation and which one is the real one. I’ve used quite a few of these recreations. I detail two of these great recreations of the Roland Juno 60 and share some audio samples of what you can do with them.
But first a quick understanding of the original.
Original Roland Juno 106
According to Vintage Synth Explorer on the original Juno-106:
“The Juno-106 is a very common and widely used analog polysynth. It continues to be one of the most popular analog synths due to its great sound and easy programmability. It was the next major incarnation of the Juno-series, following the Juno-60. While it has virtually the same synth engine as the Juno-60, the 106 added extensive MIDI control making it one of Roland’s first MIDI-equipped synthesizers. There was also increased patch memory storage, up to 128 patches instead of the 56 patches available in the Juno-60. However, the Juno-60 is often said to have a slight sonic edge over the more advanced 106. The 60 had the ability to modulate oscillator pulse from its envelope and has a “punchier” sound quality.” http://www.vintagesynth.com/roland/juno106.php
Here is a clip of the Original Roland Juno (1984) By RetroSound
POLY 2106 by Synthescience
“Analog Reverie” Poly 2106 by Nova Spire. Poly 2106 is a classic vintage performance synth. All of the recording is pure Poly 2106.
Pre-built in effects were used. No other effects outputs. I really enjoyed this synth. It has a lot of great presets. It can be very subtle and ginormous. I like the buzzing of the bass. However, my only gripe is that while I used 7 instances of the same synth.
I felt like loading it and sequencing it would lock up a bit. Although, the CPU usage was really low. When you save your project file it seemed to hiccup a bit while saving. Other than that it’s a pretty fat positive synth that I’d recommend.
According to vst 4 free:
“The Poly 2106 initially started off as a recreation of a true object of desire from the fashionable 80´s that was once part of our studio, but that was just the initial kick that propelled a seemingly more enthusiastic project which culminated into a knob infested creation with a solid vintage backbone, so for a long time we didn’t spare ourselves in the effort of breathing life into a machine which is a breed of everything we would like to see in a true performance synthesizer, something close to the vision of our personal nirvana that now we are ready to share to everyone, our only hope is that you too find it as much as rewarding as we did” Download Poly 2106 by Synthescience http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=1329
TAL-UNO-LX – Synthesizer
I’ve also compared the sound to the Roland Juno 60. I believe the Juno 60 here sounds thinner. Poly2106 has effects that deeply enriches the sound. The Roland Juno 60 or the Tal-u-no-Lx is very simple to you use piece of equipment. I like because it is easy on the CPU. It doesn’t need a lot of power. I really like the filters for the plucking sounds and bass sounds.
“The U-NO-60 vst plugin is a polyphonic virtual analogue synth with a unique filter sound. An original JUNO 60 is used as reference for the oscillators and filters.
Like the original, the plugin is capable of self-resonance and thus could be used to some degree as a tone generator.
The filter section also features controls for envelope amount and polarity, LFO modulation and keyboard tracking. In addition, a non-resonant highpass filter is provided to thin out lower frequencies.”
“The U-NO-60, notwithstanding, few parameters, can make a wide range of different and exciting sounds. Polyphonic (6 voices) Bandlimited oscillators One syncable LFO with five different waveforms 24 dB lowpass filter with self oscillation, non-resonant high-pass filter Fast ADSR envelopes Smooth cutoff changes (also with midi controllers) Velocity sensitive filter envelope Midi learn for all potis Supports all sample rates 20 Presets.”
In addition to this TAL synth, there is another other version of the TAL synthesizer you should check out. They have an excellent line of synthesizers from TAL.
The TAL U NO LX is very similar, it has several great presets, a beautiful built-in arpeggiator and it also has a larger interface. My track for the TAL Roland uses drums that were not created with synth. I hope you enjoy the tracks and have a go at these amazing synthesizers.
What I love about each synth is what makes it better than the other. Most of all I love the Poly 2106 Juno because it is thick and it has effects modules built in. However, I love the TAL-U-NO because it is lightweight, low in CPU and has good filters.
- Heavy CPU usage
- Built in effects
- Great Filters
- Great recreation
- Low CPU usage
- Only chorus for effects built in
Here are videos of what I whipped in a couple of hours for each respectively. Please hit the Like button and Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more.
Poly 2106 Emulation – “Analog Reverie”
TAL-U-NO-62- v2 Emulation Test Track