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5.0 out of 5 stars return of the Juno 60 in updated format, 16 Dec 2011
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I fiddled a bit with one of these down my local music supply store, and was happily impressed that the sounds and ease of use were an extremely close match to my favourite ever Roland synth the Juno 60 (bought it off Amazon and saved a bit). Recently I've been going back to the old-fashioned hardware style of making music, as my experiences with computer-based production led me to realise I could only ever do what the software allowed - and turn out clone type music along the lines of recent Tangerine Dream and Orbital, pretty soulless squencer-driven stuff. The Gaia drops me right back into the late 70s-early 80s analogue scene, and is priced more as a curiosity item than a serious synth - but don't let this fool you, there's a lot of potential, not least of which are the gutsy throbbing grainy sounds from the square waves and the glassy gamelans from the sine waves. And with just 64 factory preset sounds (all pretty lumpy bass patches), there's a good reason to create your own and not just stick with the programs it comes with (which is basically why all this modern lazy electronica sounds the same - they all use the factory preset sounds). 64 onboard user save slots and another 64 to USB flashdrive - well that's really unlimited if you have a lot of those old flashdrives lying around, and who doesn't these days? And here's a clever tip: you can expand the memory by three times if each patch saved uses three tones, simply program a different sound to each tone and switch the other two off to make use of just one. Clever stuff that and you won't read it in the instruction leaflet!

Like the Juno 60 before it, once you get used to the way the sound creator works - all very linear and logical, no layer of menus or fiddle little buttons - you won't even need to save sounds, you can just dial them up from your own memory, and then tweak them on the go.

Best feature: having an independent dedicated rotary dial for each of the following: cutoff, resonance and keyfollow. These are the three most important features anyone will ever need to use on a synth, and to my knowledge all other synths on the market have these hidden away in hard to get places. Even the new phatty Moog has one dial which can be assigned with a switch - so you can only adjust one parameter at a time. True creativity is having all three there at your fingertips. Just a shame we only have two hands....!
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