The Juno-106 is now a venerable museum exhibit of a synthesizer made by Roland over 35 years ago. Chances are you’ve heard it on a ton of records over the years. Its supersaw is the mommy of all supersaw sounds! But, why bring up this colourful antique? Well, developer Cherry Audio, known for its super-affordable Voltage Modular suite, has chimed in with the new DCO-106 – an emulation of this very synth!
Cherry Audio DCO-106
According to Cherry Audio, the plug-in masters the sound of the original model, with a number of additional features. The plug-in features as many as 330 presets, MPE support, 16-voice polyphony, an effects section, and a flexible LFO for modulation. And all that is on offer at the typical Cherry Audio bargain price.
The Juno-106 emulation is authentic to the point where you can import Sysex data from the original hardware and transfer those ancient sounds right into the VSTi.
Also, the possibility to control the sound generator via MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) in addition to regular MIDI is very interesting. It opens up an incredible number of new possibilities to set the sound in motion. For this purpose, the LFO section has been expanded with further waveforms. You get a total of six available, which you can synchronize to the song’s tempo. Meanwhile, the new unison mode (including detune) brings in even fatter leads and basses.
At the end, there is a reverb effect. Three different algorithms bring you large and wide spaces, right up to extreme dimensions. Another interesting feature is single key chord memory.
Prices and dates
Cherry Audio DCO-106 is available from the manufacturer’s website at an introductory price of USD 25, down from USD 39. The plug-in runs on Mac OSX 10.11 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in standalone, AAX, AU, VST, and VST3 64-bit formats. A 30-day unlimited demo version is also available for download. What a delightful love letter to the Juno!