I’ve always wondered…


#1

…why I’ve never came across an Alpha Juno 1 or 2 where those ugly 80s membrane buttons had broken down.

So, today I had to open one up to replace the backlight panel. It was a bit dusty inside, so I decided to take it apart for a good cleaning. Guess what I found?

Wait what? Looks like pretty high-quality sealed mechanical buttons to me.

Turns out Roland actually faked those membrane buttons to make the Alpha Juno look all cool and contemporary!


#2

The Kawai K3 is like that too. A membrane panel with actual buttons under it…the Chroma Polaris I have was not so lucky.


#3

Oberheim Matrix 6 was like that too.


#4

I haven’t used an Alpha Juno for many years, and never thought about it at the time, but in retrospect, the buttons always did click, in a decidedly un-membrane-like way, so that makes a lot of sense.

a|x


#5

Roland always used real buttons. Only the Chroma, DX, and Source suffer from real membrane technology. Ok, also the Speak n’ series.


#6

Casio CZ1000 uses membrane whereas the 101 uses buttons. A silly swap around, they saved money on the interface to improve the keyboard.


#7

I am now considering a Alpha Juno button caps mod…