Togu Audio Line recently released their new Roland Juno-60 emulation TAL-U-NO-LX, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the best software emulations of an analog synth I’ve heard yet. Now, I no longer own a Juno-60 myself, so conducting any side by side comparisons will have to wait until I get it back. If I do get it back, that is. I’ve been negotiating with the guy who bought it off me years ago to get him to sell it back to me, but now I’m thinking I might just get a U-NO-LX instead and take the rest of the money I would have spent on the real Juno and put it towards a MacBeth MicroMac or something (which is a great sounding little synth that also costs more than what I paid for my first car).
Take listen to the comparisons between the U-NO-LX and the Juno-60 that TAL have done themselves, and you’ll probably be surprised as to just how similar these things sound – at least know I was. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is an absolutely perfect emulation of Roland’s classic one oscillator DCO-synth, I am confident that many users will find it good enough by far for almost anything they would have used the old Juno for. In many instances I’d personally have serious problems picking these two apart, and I’m usually quite good at doing stuff like that.
To be perfectly honest, I’m not easily impressed by software emulations of analog synths, but much of the stuff I hear in this clip does impress me. Quite a bit, in fact.
The obvious competitor to this synth, of course, is the much heralded U-He Diva. You can’t have a discussion about software emulations of analog synths in 2012 without the Diva being mentioned – that’s just how it is. The Diva is much more than a Juno-60 clone, though, so a comparison wouldn’t necessarily be 100% fair.
Anyhow, do take a listen to this demo track by Solidtrax as well to see how TAL’s synth sounds in a track complete with drums and some very modestly applied external effects:
15 instances of TAL U-NO-LX were used, in addition to TAL Reverb 2, TAL Reverb 3, TAL-DUB 3, TAL-Tube, Steinberg Groove Agent One for the drums and a bit compression along with a UAD Precision Limiter on the master bus. No EQ or anything like that, in other words.
Special Features of the TAL-U-NO-LX:
- Self resonating zero feedback delay filter (24dB LP).
- Filter range up to ~40kHz (depends on the sample rate).
- Calibrated and tuned after TAL’s hardware device.
- Midi learn / automation for all controlls.
- Improved alias free oscillators for an authentic sound also @ 44’100Hz sampling rate.
- Arpeggiator with different sync modes (host, midi clock, not on).
- Portamento and mono mode.
- LFO manual trigger button.
- Sustain pedal support.
- Up to 12 voices.
- New file based preset system for transparent preset management.
- More than 300 factory presets by different sound designers (FMR, Particular – Sound, TAL).
- Original hardware “Factory Bank A” included.
You can download a demo and purchase the U-NO-LX (price is a very reasonable $70) at Togu Audio Line’s website.