March 19, 2018
Analog Synthesizers / Keyboard / Roland / Under £500 / Vintage

Roland HS-60/HS60 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer

The Roland HS 60 is pretty much a Roland Juno 106 keyboard synthesiser in a different case, of which is built of mainly metal. It has built in speakers as it was primarily aimed at the consumer market.  But luckily a 1/4 inch jack to record from (this is the headphone output that bypasses the speakers), basic midi, 128 programs of memory, 6 notes of polyphony, chorus effect, headphone out, pitch bender, pedal input.

The bonus is that these normally go for much more than the prettier looking Juno 106. So if you can get over the looks then this is a steal, price wise you can pick them up for around £400 UK Sterling, which is significantly less than the Juno 106 syntheszier.

The unit can even be used as a programmer for the Roland MKS7 like the PG series… It’s also been called the Roland SynthPlus 60.

 

 

 

FINAL WORD:

There are not many of these left up for sale on the second hand market, but if you come across one it’s a 106 for much cheaper and they are rare!

 

SOUND DEMOS

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Year Produced

 

Keyboard/Number of keys

61 keys

Sound Generation

Analog synthesis

Maximum Polyphony

6 voices

Programs/Presets

Can store up to 128 different TONES, and up to 128 combinations of the tones forming patches

Oscillators

DCO: pulse, saw, and square waveforms

FILTER

Cutoff, Resonance, non-resonant high pass and resonant low pass

 

LFO

1 LFO with rate and a delay option

VCA

Attack, decay, sustain and release (ADSR)

EFFECTS

Chorus nice and fat!

Sequencer/Arpeggiator

NONE

Common Faults

They can be high maintenance synths if they haven’t already had their voice chips replaced or and had the power supply (PSU) recapped.

Other

Controllable by MIDI

SAMPLES

 

ROYALTY FREE EFFECTS

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

DOCUMENTATION

Download Roland HS60 User Manual pdf

The schematic is probably similar to the Roland Juno 106 Keyboard click to visit. 

IMAGES FROM

66Khz studios.

 

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