Imaginary Synths – The Alpha Juno-8

Imaginary Synths #1: The Alpha Juno-8, via rudiedisone:

This synth exists only in in my imagination! I wanted to imagine, and replicate what an 8 part multitimbral Alpha Juno would sound like. In fact, if it did exist, here’s a small audio demo of what it actually would sound like. Play it in HD to do it justice!

Using only my Alpha Juno 2, the first pad part was recorded in Pro Tools playing manually to a click, on 8 individual passes.

The second part was created using MIDI sequencing in Pro Tools. I laid down a simple MIDI arpeggio and started recording the audio parts 1 stereo track at a time, each with their own “on the fly” modulations.

The oscillator de-tuning was accomplished by simply de-tuning using the Tune/function button while tweaking the root pitch with the alpha dial in real-time on a few of the audio passes . The “reversed” arpeggio sections were simple audio edits to the stereo mixdown.

I’ve always loved this synth, with it’s unique rich sound. Now I love it even more
as an 8 part multitimbral (albeit imagined, but possible to replicate) SYNTH BEAST!

For an imaginary synth, the Alpha Juno-8 sounds like a classic.

6 thoughts on “Imaginary Synths – The Alpha Juno-8

  1. Nice. Why does Roland make $600-$1000 digital synths when the majority of their fan base would gladly pay $2000 for something like rudiedisone's concept?

  2. dude you are absolutely right i wish the would just make one synth that would go back to their analog roots than us analog fetishist would drink a nice big cup of stfu or at least id be content with some kind hybrid this sounds pretty sick props to rudiedisone really digging that first arp that comes in

  3. I have an Alpha Juno myself, and there's just "something" about the (imperfections) of analog filters that just makes the sound more interesting than a digital synthesis. 🙂

    I'm not saying it's impossible to simulate, but it's no trivial task.

  4. I had a Juno-1 back when and it was downright bulletproof. I even dropped it down a flight of carpeted stairs and it never blinked! Its not a synth you would want as your only one, but it IS a superior instrument, with a direct, enjoyable GUI. It stood out quite well as a blending tool, adding notable beef in a unique way. With that between the Mirage and Korg DW8000 I had, the results were gorgeous. If this appeared in any form again, I'd make a point of buying it. It has a beauty all its own. Nice work, rudie!

  5. The only synth I ever regret selling was my old Alpha Juno 1. It had a character I've never been able to reproduce.

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