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How to Recreate the Classic Roland Juno Sound Using Software Plugins

Roland Juno synthesizers are certainly among the most iconic in the history of music. ·

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Among the most widely used and distinctive polyphonic synthesizers produced, the Roland Juno series is not too far removed in architecture from its great and illustrious cousin, the Jupiter-8. Although the oscillators are digitally controlled, the level of warmth, depth and texture that can be produced with its limited set of controls and features is astonishing. When combined with the classic arpeggiator or the highly recognizable built-in Juno chorus effect, it’s not hard to see why it remains such a sought-after creative tool in modern music. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best plugin emulations of the Juno and its famous chorus. We’ll also dig into the record bag and find iconic examples where Junos have been used to great effect. Finally, we’ll cover some techniques you can use in your DAW to ensure you get accurate sound that’s more reminiscent of the original.

What are the best Roland Juno plugins?

Roland Juno comparison table.

How do the different Juno models compare?

Togu U-NO-LX audio line

We’ve mentioned TAL plugins before in this series – suffice it to say I’m a fan. Outside of the raw sound produced, any plugin with an interface that takes you away from the patch library worth sticking to. The TAL U-NO-LX is based on the Roland Juno-60retaining most of its fundamental aspects such as the oscillator and filtered sections in particular. Accurate Juno-60 modeling VCA envelope is harder, but the U-NO-LX still gets a detailed sound that really shines when paired with the AudioEase Altiverb or another high-quality reverberation.

TAL U-NO-LX

The U-NO-LX is an excellent Juno-60 emulation.

Benefits:

  • Subtle added characteristics in all the right areas
  • Intuitive Familiar interface

The inconvenients:

  • High frequencies are not as smooth as the Juno-60 without Chorus active

Arturia Jun-6V

Another compelling plugin is Arturia’s Jun-6V emulationbased on the Roland Juno-6 architecture. the user interface is laid out almost identically to the original Equipment, making navigation easier. Overall, the sound doesn’t quite have the same kick coming out of your speakers as the TAL, but it’s still a very rich sound. More smooth tops make the Jun-6V perfect for creating the lush evolution buffers which the Roland Juno is known for, and the addition reverberation and delay the effects make it easy to create a sufficiently full sound without resorting to more plugins.

Arturia Jun-6V

The Jun-6V is an authentic emulation based on the Juno-6

Benefits:

  • All the details of the original Equipment
  • Big set of characteristics and effects

The inconvenients:

  • Don’t sit in the to mix together just like analog Equipment would like

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Roland Cloud Juno-60 & Juno-106

It goes without saying that Roland Cloud plugins offer some of the best emulations of the Juno series available. With a supplement envelope and an expanded selection of effectsthese software instruments capture character stock hardware versions and provide some additional creative tools to work with. Additionally, these plugins are also fully compatible with the Roland System-8, giving you full tactile feedback. control plugins. the number of votes Juno-60 and Juno-106 plugins has also been increased to eightgiving you a little wider interval to create agreements.

Benefits:

  • Authentic recreations of the original Equipment synths with some useful additions characteristics
  • Controls map easily with System-8

The inconvenients:

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U-he Diva

Although not exclusively a Juno emulationDiva is always a powerful and realistic sound software synth. Although the interface does not look exactly like that of a Juno, it is possible to recreate every aspect of the sound architecture in detail with the extended features of Diva. Up to 16 voices polyphony combined with the possibility of stack the voiceslets you go beyond what was possible with the original Equipment. Plus, you have the flexibility to mix and match your oscillator, filteredand envelope section patterns to create unique combinations. Although it has been around for a while, Diva is still extremely complex and a great-sounding vintage synth plug-in.

U-he Diva

U-he Diva, an analog modeling beast.

Benefits:

  • An extremely versatile instrument with a rich, textured sound
  • NKS compatible

The inconvenients:

  • real-time circuit simulation and ZDF means high CPU charged
  • Mac AAX version not yet M1 compatible

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AudioRealism ReDominator

With some of the best plugins emulations in the industry, it’s no surprise to find AudioRealism’s ReDominator on this list and many others too. The attention to detail in the interface its design makes it a pleasure to use, and its eight parameters envelope generator gives you an extra degree of control when designing sounds. Although the Alpha Juno became famous at the end 80 years and early 90s for its Acid and Techno sounds, the Redominator is capable of so much more. It can even charge the original Alpha Juno patch banks if that’s what you’re looking for, but the interface is simple enough to dive into from the init. patch and create your own sounds in minutes.

AudioRealism ReDominator

The ReDominator is an accurate recreation of the Roland Alpha Juno

Benefits:

  • Simple, authentic and easy to use
  • Really great sound

The inconvenients:

Some other excellent Juno emulations also include:

Use of the Juno choir

Both Equipment and Software versions of the Roland Juno chorus have become extremely popular for use on other instruments. Plugins like the TAL-Chorus-LX and the Arturia Chorus Jun-6 can be used to give your DAW native software synths an authentic Juno-like edge. They can also be used on voice, guitarsand effects return tracks such as reverberation and delay to expand the stereo image and create more texture. Be sure to filter your low frequencies accordingly when using chorus plugins in parallelas this will ensure that you are actually adding depth to the sound you are creating.

Roland Juno Synthesizers in Popular Music

The Roland Juno Series can be heard on some of the most iconic songs in pop music history. From Madonna’s Chic product like a virgin single from 1984, to the hit Eurythmics Sweet dreamsor the internet’s all-time favorite I’ll never abandon you by Rick Asley. The Juno offered artists access to rich and comprehensive resources soundscapes at a more reasonable price the price compared to some of the other famous polysynths of the time, such as sequential circuits Prophet 5Roland Jupiter-8or the monstrous Yamaha CS-80. The thick and sharp tonal sound envelopes make the Juno extremely diverse for almost any sound you can think of, especially buffers, stabsand bass lines. Besides its use in electronic musicJunos are also widely used by India and Shoegaze musicians for the colorful character of their sound. Some other notable reps include Vangelis, MGMT, Tame Impala, and Com Truise. (watch here: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Official Clip))

Recreate that classic Juno sound

The first thing you’ll notice about using a Juno is its tendency to warp and warp, even when used in mono – and especially with the Chorus active. If these slightly unstable characteristics are synonymous with analog circuitsThere are ways to replicate this level of realism with software using the right approach:

  • Slightly disagreement the oscillators can immediately create more authentic results
  • For hyper-realistic textured analog sounds, try synths like U-he Diva, AAS Ultra Analog VA-3, and Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
  • Simpler buffers and bass lines are possible using the softsynths mentioned above
  • Careful use of Chorus and portamento can improve clinicalness in how plugins reproduce pitch
  • the noise oscillator can also be a useful tool for softening high frequencies for a more pleasant overall sound
  • Become a fan of synthesis settings and designing your own sounds will save you endless hours of patch browsing

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