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Roland Unveils JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer

Roland has announced the JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer, the latest addition to the company’s series of software-based instruments available through Roland Cloud.

The original Roland JUNO-60 hardware synth helped define the sound of ’80s music and is still highly prized for its vintage vibe and character. With the JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer, this influential keyboard is now available as a modern software instrument for Mac and Windows DAWs.

Released in 1982, the JUNO-60 — with its single DCO, fat sub-oscillator, and characterful VCF, plus massive swirling chorus effect — has found its way onto innumerable tracks through the years. Powered by Roland’s proprietary Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology, the software version aims to recreate the sonic experience and approachable architecture of the JUNO-60.

The JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer looks to fully capture the original’s balanced magic and enhance it with useful modern additions. According to Roland, the filter has been modelled “to perfection”, and users have the ability to switch to the HPF circuit of the next-gen JUNO-106 and its characteristic bass bump. The oscillator range has also been extended, and there’s a second envelope for extra flexibility. Polyphony has been expanded to eight notes, with the option to limit it to the original’s six (or less) for an old-school vibe.

Like the original, the software version has two push-button chorus modes, plus a third “secret” mode accessed by pressing both buttons at once. There’s also an additional chorus option with the sound of the vintage BOSS CE-1 pedal, along with a selection of reverb, delay, flanger, and overdrive effects.

The JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer is VST3, AU, and AAX compatible and also supports Roland’s PLUG-OUT format for computer-free operation with the SYSTEM-8 hardware synth. And for DAW-focused workflows, it’s possible to use the SYSTEM-8 or a Roland Boutique JU-06/JU-06A for one-to-one, hands-on control of the JUNO-60 plug-in.

The JUNO-60 Software Synthesizer is the latest member of Roland Cloud’s Legendary series, which includes plug-in versions of other Roland classics like the JUNO-106, JUPITER-8, TR-808, TR-909, D-50, and more. Legendary titles are available with the Ultimate membership level of Roland Cloud. All paid levels – including Core and Pro – start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate, allowing users to try out the JUNO-60 and all Ultimate features. In addition, any Roland Account holder can purchase Lifetime Keys for individual Legendary series titles. This provides unlimited access for as long as their account is active, even if they don’t have a Roland Cloud membership.