THE ROLAND ALPHA JUNO
is a great sounding synth produced in 1986 and is still being used today. It uses membrane buttons instead of rotary buttons and sliders and the Alpha Dial is used to edit and browse through the parameters. It also had a better MIDI implementation than previous Roland synths, a nice LCD display, an LFO capable of a very slow rate for some cool sweeping effects, and a great bass sound! It also has chord memory, portamento and keyboard transposing. The Alpha Juno 1 was soon replaced by the Alpha Juno 2 which added a few MIDI & keyboard enhancements. The MKS-50 is an upgraded rackmount version of the Alpha Juno (source Vintage Synth Explorer)
contains 64 patches (8 banks of 8 patches) divided in a number of sound categories like Bass, Strings, Pads, Synths, Leads and Effects.
uses all the sound creating possibillities of the Alpha Juno. Most of the sounds are velocity sensitive and the the cutoff frequency of the sound is modulated depending on how hard the key is struck.
- The Alphasphere patchbank is compatibe with these synthesizers: The Roland Alpha Juno 1, Alpha Juno 2 & the MKS-50.
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