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Roland JUNO-D 61-Key Synthesizer
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The Roland Juno D 61-Key Synthesizer is packed with hundreds of first-class sounds. You get expressive multi-effects, realtime performance controller...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Roland Juno D 61-Key Synthesizer is packed with hundreds of first-class sounds. You get expressive multi-effects, realtime performance controllers, and tools for groove creation and composition. The 61-note keyboard offers 64-voice polyphony and improved feel. 640 top-quality patches with split and layering capability are organized into categories for easy access. 20 rhythm sets, GM2 compatibility. 47 multi-effects. Powerful arpeggiator with 400 templates. Multi Chord memory for one-finger chord triggering; Rhythm Guide metronome. The awesome D-Beam controller offers intuitive sound control and front-panel control knobs enable instant fine-tuning. 2 tones can be assigned to each patch, and then split or layered. Mac/PC editing software included.
61-key synth with velocity
16-part multitimbral capability
20 rhythm sets
32MB of Wave ROM
Phrase/arpeggiator with 400 templates
Multi-chord memory for one-finger chord triggering
Rhythm guide metronome with presets and variations
128 user memory patches
Separate tempo track
Stores 100 user-programmable patterns or one song
Dimension beam controller
Mac/PC editing software included
Weight: 11 lbs.
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multi timbral and portable
I have owned the Roland Juno D for two weeks. I bought it to use as a General MIDI multi timbral expander. It took a while to figure out how to use the keyboard's...Read complete review
I have owned the Roland Juno D for two weeks. I bought it to use as a General MIDI multi timbral expander. It took a while to figure out how to use the keyboard's multi timbral functions, because the Juno D requires a system exclusive dump recorded with each sequence to set up the multi timbral features. Also each patch change requires a most significant bit, least significant bit, plus the patch change number. Once you get used to this, it is a superb instrument for multi part recording. I am currently using 6 of its 16 MIDI channels simultaneously, and have no problems with voice stealing. The sequencer also records the front panel knobs, which can really bring sequenced tracks to life. The quality of sounds is great, with a full set of general MIDI sounds, plus extra keyboard sounds, synthesizers, sound effects, orchestral, vintage sounds, and percussion instruments. The Juno D doesn't weigh much, which makes it easy to take to live venues. 61 full size keys plus 2 octave shift buttons make it easy to play. It can be difficult to find the sound you need quickly, because the banks have 60 or more sounds to step through, but the performance mode should solve this problem by letting you store your patches ahead of time. The Juno D doesn't have individual outs [only stereo], but I haven't found that to be a problem. It also lacks a MIDI thru port, so I have had to connect a separate MIDI thru box. It has lots of other neat features, like the D Beam controller, that I haven't even had time to try out yet. I expect this keyboard will grow with me for years to come.
Most Liked Negative Review
Great allround keyboard if you're on a budget
My band have used the Juno-D for about a year (bought it second hand). Even though it's not an amazing-sounding instrument, it fills a weird gap in the market... I spent...Read complete review
My band have used the Juno-D for about a year (bought it second hand). Even though it's not an amazing-sounding instrument, it fills a weird gap in the market... I spent ages looking for a keyboard that had a range of classic organ and keyboard sounds but that didn't cost too much. All the cheap keyboards seem to only have synth and techno sounds, whereas the Juno-D has (most importantly) decent piano sounds, electric pianos as well as organs, glockenspiel and a nice mellotron flute. My other option was the Nord Electro but there's a huge price gap.The quality isn't amazing though. We actually have two of this keyboard, one of us bought one for her other band as well. On hers, the knobs wore out really quickly. My one started behaving oddly and it turned out the pitch bender was broken and made it go out of tune.So yeah, if you can't afford the top end ones this is a good option, but make sure you get a warranty!
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When I bought this synth I was a little uncertain. I didn't have a large budget and with its great price I couldn't resist. Owning it today I'm very glad I did. It is easy to get the hang of. Just skip the manual [unless you need something specific] and play with it. The features may be hard to figure out for a little while, but hang with it. It's a powerful tool; lots of bang for 599 bucks.
A number of other reviews of the Juno-D complain that after a while, some of the keys stop working. This happened to my keyboard, too. BUT I took it to an audio repair shop in Portland called Inner Sound. They called Roland. Roland said this was a common problem (key bed lubricant was corrosive to the connections or something) and they'd send a whole new key bed for FREE!!! Inner Sound installed the new key bed (for their minimum fee) and I'm back touring with the keyboard. Mind you, I bought this USED and without documentation, and whatever warranty it may have had had surely expired. Roland's customer service really came through, and I was so impressed I had to write this. From what I understand, they've fixed the problem on the new ones. This keyboard is worth it! Not the best sounds or the best keyboard you'll buy, but for the money, it's hard to top.
Wow. I loved it when I got it. It was great. Within a year, some keys stopped working. Since it wasn't under warranty anymore, I couldn't get it repaired. So I took it apart and cleaned the metal contacts. Luckily it worked, but after a few weeks they wore out again. Now keys keep wearing out and I have to rip the thing apart every month or so. Also, the "value +" and "value -" buttons are worn out and i have to press them really hard the get them to work. I am so severely disappointed in this product...I will never buy anything Roland again.That being said, the sound quality of this thing isn't bad. It's just the physical manufacturing quality that is disturbingly poor.
Best workstation I've had the chance to work with. This keyboard has unmatched factory sounds. I bought it because I was looking for a keyboard with a Rhodes Organ sound but got so much more. on top of the great Rhodes sound that I was able to shape to my liking, it has great grand piano settings, and I'm pretty picky about grand piano settings on keyboards. Fully programable, easy to use, worth every penny. It does it all. I'm set.
P.S. sounds great through a Fender Champ
Roland has produced an inexpensive synth with some great features. It is lightweight, portable, and works well as a midi controller and song writing tool. The phrase and arpegiator feature works well and there are some beefy synth patches and performance modes for soloing. I'm glad I bought it.
The synth has doubtlessly some awesome samples, but it lacks the edition capability. You can't change the Sustain parameter of any of your sounds, in example. The layering and splitting is definetly not intuitive, it took me 2 months to discover how to do anything that's not layering OR splitting two sounds. It's not in the manual. This is simply not a synth. It's not well built, even if it may not fall apart, but the plastic shell doesen't seem very reliable (only the panel is made from that pretty metal you see in the pictures). You get some decent sounds (maybe even better than the competition), but you'll stick to them, because you can't edit them in a "easy" way.
Being that I got this keyboard at a really good deal, I was really happy with it.I considered if I would ever buy it at full price, and I've come to think that I would. The sounds in the lower registers really amaze me, and are perfect to act as drone pedal tones to act as a bass. The string sounds sound are nice, and the vocal sounds are almost too good to be on a keyboard this price. The drum kits don't sound good at all. On this keyboard you might come across a few really good sounds on each setting, and others are kind of just crap. The D Beam I've yet to really use, but its still really cool. The keyboard is light and affordable, the value is pretty decent.
most keyboards that do all this and sound this good cost 3-4 times as much. I've often wanted a keyboard with the same sound quality as my Yamaha P-80. I figured the Roland Juno-D would be good, but not as good of quality as the P-80. It looks like I was very wrong on this point, the sounds of the Juno-D are probably a higher quality than my P-80. The P-80 sounds real, and the Juno-D sounds realler. The Pianos are very, very grand, the Organs are probably the best organ sounds that keyboards have ever seen. Everything sounds good. It takes some fiddling around to find just the right Electric piano, but they are out there, trust me. Same thing with the bass guitars. Steel string acoustics aren't great, but it does have good electric guitars. Now if you need an acoustic steel string guitar I'm sure that with tweaking it might sound alright. Basically most sounds need some minor adjustments, but that is expected because the Roland people probably have different tastes than you do. Get it today!
Overall, the sounds are awesome. As with all Roland products that I own, the manual is complicated and hard to understand. Just work with the keyboard and learn it. The "drawbar organ" sounds are non-existent. By this, I mean the "Leslie slow to fast" sound. I suppose with some parameter "tweaking" that could be achieved. All the other sounds are awesome. Realistic drums, etc. It's a steal at this price!
The Juno-D packs a lot of punch as far as pre-set sounds go but when it comes to editing patches and using the keyboard as a synthesizer it falls short of expextations. The newer SH-201 is a far superior instrument at the same price point. If you are looking for a simple keyboard the Juno-D is definitely worth the time and money, but lacks the performance of its Juno brethren.