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BACK TO THE FUTURE

Back in the early 80s, synths were still an expensive business. Then Roland came along with the legendary Juno series. Dave Gale powers one up, with fond affection…

In my youthful years (the summer of 1982 to be precise and now a somewhat distant memory), I managed to pick up a catalogue by Roland, and would scan the pages from cover to cover, as I listened to the bands of the day, with ever-growing envy. Having moved past the pages containing the completely unaffordable Roland products (the like of which appear to be less affordable, even today), I stumbled across the Juno 6, firmly residing in the more affordable section of the catalogue.

The hugely helpful addition of 56 programmable patch memories opened up the Juno 60 to the gigging generation

Around the same time, I attended a music holiday course, run by a teacher friend of mine, and as I arrived, I saw a Juno 6 in the flesh, in all its glory – and what’s more, the offer of taking it home at the end of the course, for the remainder of the school holiday. This turned out to be a very formative time for me; think pre-internet, when it was rather more difficult to get relevant information about such things. Despite this, within a day or two I had the Juno 6 covered, and this was not because I was some form of synth whizz kid, but largely due to the spectacular simplicity of the layout and design… which in no way diminished the raw power available.

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