Mode Maschines F-106 Juno Filter Review
In the world of analog synthesizer, the filters were and are always something essential. Especially the filter of the classic Roland Juno 106 was very popular and liked for the mellow character. Recently the german audio engineer company Mode Maschines has recreate this particular filter – the F-106 Juno Filter.
Look and feel
The F-106 comes with a small sized steel box with plastic side panels in a similar color scheme as the original. All control elements are placed on the top, the mono in- and outputs you can find on the back side along with the power supply input and three CV inputs for VCA, frequency and resonanse. The build quality is good, together with the box design we can say handy and solid, we like it.
As mentioned before, all control elements are placed directly on the top. Next to the three essentials and CV-modifiable controls of Frequency, Resonance and VCA you will also find three switches for power on/off, Slope (2-pole or 4-pole) and self-oscillation. The original Juno 106 filter hasn`t the option to turn of the self-oscillation, in our eyes, a good addition if for example you personally aren`t a fan of this or want to use the filter without, because it fits better the current need.
In advance, we should mention that the original Juno 106 filter has a 4 stage highpass filter behind the lowpass filter. The F-106 comes only with recreated lowpass filter and his self-oscillation of the original. The sound quality is overall very gentle and positive, but the resonance behaviour didn`t act exactly as the original. The resonance comes a little bit earlier and so also a bit more intense. By using higher resonance values the F-106 didn`t thin out the sound like the original filter does.
All in all
The F-106 offers a close recreation of the legendary Juno 106 filter, packed into a compact desktop module for a compelling price. You might didn`t get the exactly sound as the original would offer, but something close with CV inputs and addition of the defeatable self oscillation. If you`re looking for an analog filter module, you definitively should check the F-106 Juno Filter by Mode Maschines, and based on the price, probably the only big question will be, the matter of personal taste and if it fits your needs.
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Summary: If you`re looking for an analog filter module, you definitively should check the F-106 Juno Filter by Mode Maschines, and based on the price, probably the only big question will be, the matter of personal taste and if it fits your needs.