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The MKS-50 is a rack-mount version of the Alpha Juno. It has the same synth engine and architecture, with some added features like 16 programmable chord memories, the ability to store velocity, volume, panning, de-tune, portamento and other similar parameters within each patch you create. The optional and highly recommended PG-300 will give you traditional slider type control of all editable tone parameters which include DCO (digitally controlled oscillators) LFO, bend, ENV, pulse, waveforms, noise, PW/PWM, high pass filter, VCF (filter) with freq/env/res/LFO/kybd, VCA envelope, chorus, and more. Its sound is not quite as warm as the previous Juno's but it's still a nice addition to any techno synth rig. Other features include better MIDI implementation than previous Roland synths, a nice LCD display, an LFO capable of a very slow rate for some cool sweeping effects, and a great bass sound (especially nice for acid basslines) and noise effects!

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Roland Juno

...(and yes, that old chicago house sound too, which isn't too far from detroit techno sound). I actually have a mks-50 which is the rack version, but out of all the MKS and the juno, i use the mks-80, and mks-50 most (and I have mks-70/20/30 as well) i still love the juno 60, the...

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Roland Boutique - Three new Roland synth products??

...like a Juno. I've owned a Juno-6, Juno-60 x 2, Juno-106 x 3, Juno-1 +PG-800 x 2, Juno-2 and an MKS-50. The Juno-60 was always my favorite Juno but I have not had any Juno model for about 5 years now. I kept buying them thinking I like what people do with them but...

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Best String Synth in 2019? Or go for the vintage real deal?

Yeah, no phase lock or phaser. But I wanted to see what The River could do with minimal effort. I intend to investigate further. :) There's a stringer patch on my MKS-50 that I bet would sound great running through The River/Triko. Those DCOs should do the trick!

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