|Developer||Togu Audio Line|
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TAL-U-No-62 is a polyphonic virtual analogue synthesizer with a "unique" filter sound. An original Roland Juno-60 was used as reference for the oscillators, filters and controls.
- Polyphonic (6 voices).
- Band-limited oscillators.
- One syncable LFO with five different waveforms.
- 24 dB lowpass filter with self oscillation, non-resonant high-pass filter.
- Fast ADSR envelope.
- Smooth cutoff changes (also with MIDI controllers).
- Velocity sensitive filter envelope.
- MIDI learn for all pots.
- Supports all sample rates.
- 20 presets.
Reviewed By cyberheater
May 13, 2009
The first thing that strikes you is that is really sounds like a vintage Juno. Get a quick pad set up, add the Juno chorus and suddenly your transported back 25 years. Get a bass sound going with a fast filter envelope going and start twisting the filters and you start hearing some absolute classic bass sounds.
One other thing is that Juno's have an amazing ability to sit in the mix and this emulation is no different.
Once you tweak the settings, I could get sounds that were exact duplicates of the real thing, sure there we slight tonal differences across the keyboard but probably there would be with any two old Juno's sitting side by side.
In many ways, this is the most faithful analogue synth recreation i've heard and it's just amazing that it's free.
If your are a Juno lover, then you really do need to give this a tryRead more
Reviewed By ninedayswonder99
January 1, 2009
The online samples from TAL showed no difference at all with the real Juno, but I had to hear it for myself. I programmed some U-No62 presets on the Juno and vice versa. After a few hours programming and comparing I was convinced. Some sounds sounded exactly the same. Some? You may ask. I admit I'm not a skilled programmer, but if I can do it...
The interface was at one point a bit annoying to work with. Yes, the GUI looks good. Nearly exactly like the real Juno 60, but the scales of the parameters are not the same. The parameter 'stripes' are also difficult to read. I also think that the parameters of the U-No62 react slightly in another way than the real beast. But after some trying I was able to get some striking resemblances. And maybe it's also the fact that no Juno sounds exactly the same, old material not working correct anymore etc. After all it's a real analogue synth.
The features are okay. Yes, the possibilities are limited, just like the real thing. You won't get a lot of different sounding pads or basses. On the other hand: with the self oscillating filter you can do things other synths can't.
There are not many presets and they are not all that great. Some are, however. But this synth is very easy to program. For the first time in my life I've found myself programming good presets. On the internet you can find schemes of real Juno sounds. But if you haven't got the real one to compare, the results are not always exact.
There's no documentation as far as I know, but you can download the Juno 60 manual at Rolands site. I don't have experience with customer support. If TAL gives this great synth for free, that's already supportive enough for me.
Conclusion: although the interface reacts slightly different to sound than my real Juno and the parameter scales are a bit different and difficult to read, this VSTi sounds exactly like a real Juno. The sound has a real character. Great work!Read more
Reviewed By JimmiG
November 5, 2007
In terms of sound, I'm not the right person to judge. I nearly got my hands on a real Juno-60 once, but lost the auction. The developer's website does contain sound samples directly comparing it to the original, and to my ears it sounds very close. The filter sounds very unique. It's not warm and smooth like a Moog filter, it has a different, slightly colder but very pleasant character. The Juno is Japaneese of course, while the Minimoog is American, so some "cultural" differences are expected. The Chorus unit is another of the great strengths of this synth, and is also available as a stand-alone VST effect for use with other instruments.
You won't get extremely complex sounds out of this, but the smooth filter and excellent Chorus enable you to create some nice strings, though the real strength of the synth lies in 80's style synthbasses. Lead sounds I tried to create with this synth didn't seem to "cut through" the mix like some other synths but rather sounded like they're just below the surface so to speak. Other synthesists may be more fortunate, or skilled. The presets include a nice set of basses and some presets which appear to be copied from the original.
The synth is quite CPU hungry, which can become a problem if you use it for chords/polyphonic sounds. Since the synth architecture is so simple, I think it should be more CPU friendly. Some optimizations would be welcome, as long as they don't affect the sound (The "Save CPU" button caused some strange things with many patches). Still, you can use the CPU saving feature when previewing your track, and then render to audio when you're happy with the sound.
With its accurate emulation of a famous vintage instrument, this could easily be a commercial plugin, but it's actually Freeware! It's not extremely versatile, but it does what it sais on the "box" and it does it extremely well. So if you've ever wished you had a Juno-60 in your bedroom, go ahead and download this right now!Read more
Reviewed By condra
September 19, 2007
This blew me away though.
Everyone knows there are thousands of free synths out there, everyone has a few. Most people also have a powerhorse like Zebra or Albino too, but this offers something different - quick, instant moogyness, for free, and weighing in at under a meg.
One of the review guidelines is:
Features- Is it a one trick pony or does it offer more than you would expect?
... Well yeah, its a one trick pony, and that is what I want for moogy VA sounds.
It also looks beautifull, and for me anyway, thats a real plus.
Of course, it doesnt compete with some premium VAs for features, but if you just want a quick moogy bass or lead, this little beauty will do the trick nicely.
Easy to use, looks great, sounds great, tiny footprint and offers something a bit different.
I only use a handfull of free synths, and now this is one of them.
Get it now.Read more