Roland today introduced Axial – an official Roland sound library download site.
The site offers a variety of free sound libraries.
According to the company, “Axial is your home for an ever-expanding selection of unique and exciting new sounds for your Roland instruments.”
Axial currently features free sound libraries for these synths:
- Gaia SH-01
Sounds for Synth has release a new soundbank, Juno 2013, for TAL-U-NO-LX containing 200 presets.
The soundbank is made with all electronic music genres in mind, drawing its main inspiration from Boards of Canada and Ulrich Schnauss. It features drifting keys and arpeggios, hypnotic techno lines together with lush, atmospheric pads and big basses, plus retro sounding 16th and 8th note basslines.
Here are some audio demos from the patch library:
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My patches. Some are tweaked factory and some are tweaked downloads. No external effects are used. A demo of the instrument, not a recital. No sir.
Synthesizer demo of the analog synthesizer Roland Juno-106 from 1984.
The Juno-106 is a very common and widely used analog polysynth. It continues to be one of the most popular analog synths due to its great sound and easy programmability. It was the next major incarnation of the Juno-series, following the Juno-60. While it has virtually the same synth engine as the Juno-60, the 106 added extensive MIDI control making it one of Roland’s first MIDI-equipped synthesizers. There was also increased patch memory storage, up to 128 patches instead of the 56 patches available in the Juno-60. However, the Juno-60 is often said to have a slight sonic edge over the more advanced 106. The 60 had the ability to modulate oscillator pulse from its envelope and has a “punchier” sound quality.
The Juno-106 is a six-voice polyphonic and programable analog synth with one digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) per voice. While classic monophonic synths used two or three oscillators to create a fatter sound, the Juno-106 uses built-in Chorus to fatten up its sound to dramatic effect. The nature of its DCO meant it was stable and always in perfect tune but still warm and analog. There is an excellent 24dB/oct analog lowpass filter with plenty of resonance and self-oscillating possibilities and a non-resonant highpass filter. The programable pitch/mod bender can be assigned to control the DCO pitch, VCF cutoff, and LFO amount all at once or individually.
The Juno-106 was the first MIDI equipped Juno and its implementation is quite good. There are 16 MIDI channels available and MIDI SysEx data can be transmitted/received from all the sliders and buttons for total remote control and sequencing capability. A switch on the back of the keyboard, next to the MIDI ports allows the user to switch between three types of MIDI modes: Keyboard and Hold data only; Keyboard, Hold, Bender, Patch selection data; or All data (including SysEx). Most users simply set it to MIDI Function mode 3 and forget it.
This synth is incredibly straightforward and very powerful. It’s SH-series derived panel layout is easy to understand and very hands-on. Use it to generate lush pads, filter sweeps, and funky bass lines and leads. The Juno-106 is an awesome learning tool for anyone new to analog synthesis, as well as an electronic musician’s dream for its warm analog sounds coupled with modern features like MIDI and memory – all at a very reasonable price. And still the Juno-106 has an even cheaper alter-ego in the form of the HS-60 – a hobbyist version with built-in speakers.
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In this movie I play some of my own sounds – on some sounds I used a small amount of digital delay from a Roland DEP-5 (my favourite unit for delays).
The Juno-106 is one of the most loved and used synthesizers by professionals and hobbyists alike! William Ørbit, Überzone, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Autechre, BT, Vince Clarke, Moby, 808 State, Underworld, Leftfield, Fluke, Josh Wink, Todd Terry, Depeche Mode, Eat Static, Biosphere, The Prodigy, The Shamen, Bushflange, Cirrus, Astral Projection, Apollo 440, Faithless, Union Jack, Computer Controlled, Pet Shop Boys, Sneaker Pimps, Erasure, Freddy Fresh, Rabbit in the Moon, Kevin Saunderson, Jimmy Edgar, Laurent Garnier, Vangelis, Sigur Ros, and the Chemical Brothers have used this synth.
THE SOUND PROGRAMS IN THIS MOVIE:
Do you own a Roland Juno-106 and want to get those fantastic sounds for your synth?
The “ANALOGAUDIO1 JUNO-106 PATCH BANK” costs 12,99 Euros and includes 64 great patches – lush analog pads, great retro sounds, fat basses, sequencer sounds and funky leads (in one word: all you hear in the video and some more).
As an experienced synth player, programmer and composer I programmed these patches at a professional level for studio use. This patchbank gets the most out of your Roland Juno-106. Also included is a patch list (PDF), to find the right sounds quickly. The sounds are not available anywhere else.
The patchbank will only work with a Juno-106, but NOT with the Juno-60 or other synths.
After payment through PayPal you will get a sound file (wav) for the tape interface of your Juno-106 and a patchlist via email.
If you want to buy the “ANALOGAUDIO1 Juno-106 PATCHBANK”, send me a message through YouTube (and check your spam folder, I answer quickly).
This demos a few user patches for Audulus 2 and shows were and how to install them without leaving the comfort of your iPad..this was made with an iPad2 16 GB
A new Animoog sound pack by Alba Ecstasy: AEONS.
For free patches, click here: http://goo.gl/kMstM
“I have to admit that Animoog is becoming one of my favorite iSynths (besides WaveGenerator): you can obtain deep, warm, analog sounds, with a complex structure.
This video may be unsynchronized with audio on same parts.
Thank you for watching!”
Demo of a stepsequencer programmed with PureData and controlled by a Novation Launchpad.
First stage was a proof-of-concept with one track. Patch will be available soon at
and used in my part at Restlichtverstärker concerts
The VFX Key Mapper works in conjunction with the Patcher modular insert plugin.
We certainly agree with Kip Kubin on this one:
I’ll admit some some envy of those at NAMM making amazing drones and sequences on the Buchla Music Easel. so I decided to do my best with the Arp2600 and my Make Noise Rene. I’ll also admit the the Rene is so good at what it does I barely touched it and out came some of the best music I’ve heard from my Arp.
Demos of a few of the Generalmusic S2R built-in Performance patches.
Italian company Generalmusic (also called GEM) was known for producing home organs and semi-professional accompaniment keyboards. But they also made a few attempts at producing professional music workstations. The first of them was the S-Series, introduced in 1992. GEM called it the “Music Processor” because of its many advanced functions, including a powerful sequencer, the ability to read and edit samples, excellent real-time controllers, and many others.
In 1993, GEM upgraded the S-Series with the so-called “Turbo kit” which allowed for many new functions and doubled the polyphony. The Turbo kit was also sold separately as an upgrade for the original models. GEM also released a rack version, called the S2R, with the Turbo upgrade already installed.
There were two original models, with only one difference between them: S2 and S3. The S2 has a 61-note keyboard and the S3 has a 76-note keyboard. Both keyboard models have excellent semi-weighted keys with touch/release velocity, polyphonic aftertouch and metal contacts. On the front panel, there are also seven programmable sliders, seven programmable buttons and Pitch and Modulation wheels. All functions are logically and clearly displayed on a large graphical LCD with light blue neon back-lighting. Thanks to the excellent hardware and also thanks to two MIDI I/O’s, the S2/S3 is an ideal master keyboard for the home studio.