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Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard  

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Overview

  • Professional synthesizer with over 1,000 instruments onboard
  • Top-of-the-line voice engine
  • Friendly, intuitive user interface
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      Roland

      A portable synth with 1,000 sounds, a lightweight body, 5 hours of battery operation, USB memory with a song player, and the ability to sing and apply voice effects through your mic.

      Onstage or in the streets, the Roland JUNO-Di keyboard is a traveling musician's dream. It's lightweight, it can run on batteries, and it's easy to use, yet it performs and sounds like a heavyweight synthesizer. The synth is packed with a wide variety of over 1,000 top-quality sounds to choose from. It has a friendly direct-access control panel for easy editing and a Song Player for larger-than-life performances. First-timers and pros alike will love this friendly, portable, wonderful-sounding Roland keyboard.

      Over 1,000 great sounds
      At the heart of this exciting new synth is a top-of-the-line voice engine that delivers world-class sounds including grand and electric pianos, lush strings, beautiful guitars, powerful brass, percussion, banks of exotic instruments, modern synth sounds, and much more. The sound-bank is so diverse it can complement any style of music. If you want to customize the sounds, the JUNO-Di keyboard's dedicated Sound Modify knobs on the front panel let you instantly cater each sound to your specifications, even while you're playing. A software editor is also provided if you prefer more advanced audio editing with your PC.

      Simple navigation
      With so many sounds onboard, it could be a daunting task to find what you need. But fear not—the Roland JUNO-Di simplifies the process of finding sounds with its dedicated category buttons. If you want a piano, for example, just press the Piano button. You can even assign your most-used sounds to the Favorite buttons for instant access. Editing is easy too. If you want to create layers or splits, dedicated buttons and the large LCD make the process fast and friendly. And don't forget the onboard rhythm patterns, which can be easily adjusted on the fly with a dedicated tempo control. This Roland synth is a great tool for practice and performance.

      Portability
      The JUNO-Di was born to travel. It's strong yet amazingly lightweight (under 12 pounds), making it easy to lift and carry. The battery compatibility lets you play for up to five hours without plugging in (uses Ni-MH AA-size rechargeable batteries). When used in conjunction with a battery-powered amp such as Roland's CUBE Street or MOBILE CUBE, the JUNO-Di can be played and heard anywhere. A battery-life indicator on the front panel ensures that you won't lose power unexpectedly.

      Sing along
      More than meets the eye, this Roland keyboard lets you plug a microphone into its external input and process your voice through the built-in vocoder. A dedicated reverb is assigned to the input, so you can add lush ambience to your voice without taking away from the main onboard effects. Sing along with your performances and transform your voice in colorful and creative ways, from silky smooth to sci-fi robotic.

      Built-in Song Player
      With the synth's USB memory port and Song Player function, the JUNO-Di enables direct playback and control of backing tracks from a USB key. You can play MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files, and control them from the dedicated buttons on the front panel. Impress your audiences with full-band performances from a single keyboard. Additionally, the Center Cancel feature lets you sing along karaoke-style with audio files in the Song Player for a complete entertainment experience. You can also connect MP3 players directly to the Roland JUNO-Di through its external input.

      To see and hear a video highlighting the features of Roland's JUNO-Di Mobile Synthesizer with Song Player, go to: http://www.roland.com/demos/en/i0175/index.html

      Features

      • Professional synthesizer with over 1,000 instruments onboard
      • Top-of-the-line voice engine
      • Friendly, intuitive user interface
      • Battery operation for mobile use (supports Ni-MH AA-size rechargeable batteries)
      • MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF playback capability via optional USB memory
      • USB memory is perfect for backing tracks when performing live
      • Microphone input with dedicated reverb and vocoder effects for sing-along
      • Direct-access control panel for easy editing
      • Onboard rhythm patterns
      • Dedicated category buttons simplify the process of finding sounds
      • Favorite buttons for instant access to your most-used sounds
      • Built-in Song Player
      • Center Cancel feature lets you sing karaoke-style with audio files in the Song Player
      • Connect MP3 players directly to the JUNO-Di's external input
      • Battery compatibility lets you play for up to five hours without plugging in
      • Can be used in conjunction with a battery-powered amp
      • Battery-life indicator on the front panel
      • Diverse, customizable sound bank

      Expand your band's sounds and capabilities or create your own complex pieces with this affordable synth.

       

      JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard Specifications:

      • Keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity)
      • Sound Generator Section:
      • Maximum polyphony:128 voices
      • Parts:16 parts
      • Wave memory: 64 M bytes (16-bit linear equivalent)
      • Preset memory:
      • Patches: 1082 + 256 (GM2)
      • Rhythm sets: 20 + 9 (GM2)
      • Performances: 64
      • User memory:
      • Patches: 128
      • Rhythm sets: 8
      • Performances: 64
      • Favorites: 100
      • Effects:
      • Multi-effects: 3 systems, 79 types
      • Chorus: 3 types
      • Reverb: 5 types
      • Mic input reverb: 8 types
      • SMF/Audio File Player Section:
      • File format:
      • Standard MIDI file: format-0/1
      • Audio file: WAV, AIFF, MP3
      • Other Specifications:
      • Rhythm pattern: Preset: 24 groups x 6
      • Arpeggiator: Preset: 128
      • Chord memory: Preset: 17
      • Controllers:
      • D-beam controller
      • Pitch bend/modulation lever
      • Sound modify knob x 5
      • Display:
      • 18 characters 1 line + 20 characters 2 lines custom LCD (with backlit)
      • External storage device:
      • USB memory (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory)
      • Connectors:
      • Output jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4" phone type
      • Headphone jack: stereo 1/4" phone type
      • Mic input jack: 1/4" phone type
      • EXT Input jack: stereo miniature phone type
      • Hold pedal jack
      • MIDI connectors (In, Out)
      • USB computer connector (supports USB MIDI)
      • Power supply:
      • DC 9 V: AC adaptor or Ni-MH AA size rechargeable battery (optional) x 8
      • Current draw:
      • 600 mA
      • Battery life for continuous use:
      • Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries: last approximately 5 hours
      • Differs depending on the conditions of use
      • Approximately 4 hours if USB memory is connected
      • Carbon-zinc or alkaline batteries cannot be used
      • Accessories:
      • Owner's manual
      • CD-ROM (Sound Editor, Librarian, Playlist Editor, USB Driver)
      • USB memory protector
      • AC adaptor (PSB-1U)
      • Power cord
      • JUNO-Di Editor System Requirements:
      • Operating systems:
      • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional
      • Microsoft Windows Vista
      • (This does not work with the 64-bit Edition of Windows or the Windows XP Media Center Edition)
      • CPU: Intel, Core, Pentium processor 1.5 GHz or higher
      • RAM: 512 MB or more
      • Hard disk: 200 MB or more of free space
      • Display/Colors: 1024 x 768 dots or higher/24 bit full color or more
      • Others:
      • CD-ROM Drive
      • USB port
      • Operating systems:
      • Mac OS X v10.4.3 or later
      • CPU: Intel, Core/Xeon, PowerPC G5
      • RAM: 512 MB or more; for Mac OS X v10.5 or later, 1GB or more
      • Hard disk: 200 MB or more of free space
      • Display/Colors: 1024 x 768 dots or higher/16.7 million colors or more
      • Others:
      • CD-ROM drive
      • USB port
      • Size and weight:
      • Dimensions: 4-1/8" H x 39-11/16" W x 11-13/16" D
      • Weight: 11 lb. 8 oz.
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      RolandJUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard
       
      4.5

      (based on 13 reviews)

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (4)
      • Good audio (4)
      • Responsive / good action (4)
      • Portable (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment (3)
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          • Experienced (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Good general board

        This is a great little synth!! It's got just about all my needs covered. My only big beef is the keyboard action, but really that's the way a synth is supposed to...Read complete review

        This is a great little synth!! It's got just about all my needs covered. My only big beef is the keyboard action, but really that's the way a synth is supposed to feel... and its good for playing organs. I'll have to go get something with 88 weighted keys (ie: Korg SP 250) for my acoustic piano stuff. My other beef, a smaller one, is the terrible manual... its really not much help in my opinion. Aside from that, most everything is good. I love the overall look of this board. That whole retro route Roland decided to take is awesome. The display is nice as well. The patches are all great... and if you dont think they are great... first you use the 5 modify knobs, then you go to the menu and add some effects and adjust some more parameters, and if its still not enough you go try to install that editor software onto your computer!! The majority of the pianos (acoustic and electrics) are pretty good.. but me, having taken classical piano lessons for some 6 years on a hardman parlor grand, that action doesn't feel right to play piano on. The hammonds are pretty amazing. That was a major factor in purchasing a board, was how the hammonds sounded. There are good and bad, but mainly good. Some of them have absolutely FABULOUS leslie simulation, including using the modulation lever for speeding and slowing. Of course a hammond clone would be ideal, but really the only advantages that has over this is the real "feel" of the B3... because the sound is there. I wish there were some more Vox or Farfisias though. The pipe organs are cool also. I use the basses a lot for school concert and jazz band, and they are awesome too. The synths are perfect... all completely editable and you can get some wacky sounds. love the saws and the brasses. My mother absolutely is obsessed with the vocal patches and orchestral... she was a classical pianist back in the day, and this thing has nearly rekindled her interest. So overall, I would say this is an absolutely wonderful board in this price-range. But dont be fooled by the mid lever price... its got high level sound.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        This is my first Roland board...

        This is my first Roland board. It sounds great in the studio however it sounds terrible live. The synths will blow you away and the organs are pretty decent too. I will be...Read complete review

        This is my first Roland board. It sounds great in the studio however it sounds terrible live. The synths will blow you away and the organs are pretty decent too. I will be selling mine for a used Yamaha Motif or new MM6 even...
        Pros:
        1.Lightweight.
        2.Media player built in for playing tracks live or practicing to music.
        3.Better feeling keybed than others at this price.
        4.Excellent synths.I don't think you will find anything better especially at this price. It is chocked full of samples in that area.
        5.Better sounding organs for a keyboard at this price.
        6.Some extreamly strange sounds such as "Meditation Piano" that are fun to experiment with.
        7.You can set custom presets for realling your sounds quickly and easliy.
        8. Comes with software for editing sounds.
        9 Functions such as the D-Beam are very customizable.

        Cons:
        1.Needs to be EQ'ed for your live situation to effectivly cut through the mix for even being heard at a decent volume.
        2. Pianos, wurlitzers, brass sections, rhodes leave something to be desired next the the Yamaha MM or MO series.
        3. All the pianos are WAY TOO DARK sounding for live applications.
        Feels better than all the other keyboards at this price. Chocked full of excellent synths from the original Juno and Jupiter series. Great feeling keybed.

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        5.0

        What a great little keyboard!

        By Patrick Burnett

        from Central Arkansas

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        Pros

        • Battery powered
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Interface
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

        • A Few Limited Features

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Home studio
        • Jamming With Friends
        • Learning
        • School Bands
        • Travel

        Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

        I passed this Di up and bought a Gi, then a Korg Krome only to be unhappy with how complicated they both were, when all I really needed was a great sounding portable synth with some great acoustic sounding pianos and EPs that could also do some arpeggios and drums for live jamming with friends.

        I can't believe I missed it and now I own it, it was a DOH! moment! This little keyboard is so simple and easy to use and configure, has GREAT sounds and plenty of them. Easy to split and layer, MFX is easy to use unlike many workstation keyboards that have 20 menu layer complicated setups for effects.

        I also bought the wireless adapter and we use it with Roland's Air Recorder App on our iPhones to wirelessly record ideas. Its a great app and works great with the keyboard.

        It also has an excellently programmed PC Editor and librarian that expands this keyboards abilities far beyond the onboard interface.

        The only down side I have found and I wish Roland could fix with a software update is that when saving performances, it doesn't save your arpeggio, chord memory or rhythm settings. You have to manually do that every time. You can't program ARPs or new Rhythm patterns either. :( Not a deal breaker because there is more offered here for basic playing and it's dead easy and fast to dial up what you need on the fly, but it would be nice to have it saved to a sound set.

        All in all, for the price, this keyboard really packs a lot in, ability to add sounds and edit on the PC, easy interface, portability, etc. We are very happy!

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        5.0

        Excellent Keyboard!

        By Drummer38

        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • MIDI

          Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

          I use this keyboard mostly for my studio. The midi works great with my Roland Duo Capture EX. Sounds are great for the most part. I love piano sounds and there are a couple I really like. Very light weight and I look forward taking this on the road for some small gigs soon. I'm very pleased with this board.

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          5.0

          rich sounds

          By vinosaur

          from NY, NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            At first it's not as intuitive as many reviews have stated, but with a little time and the excellent manual you get a feel for the way Roland organizes things pretty quickly. Then it becomes pretty easy to get great results, but keep reading the manual to make use of all the extra goodies.

            My only complaint is the rhythm accompaniments are limited to 4/4 beats. Would be nice to have a few waltzes and varied shuffle beats.

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            5.0

            bang for the buck

            By Redbear5577

            from Holbrook NY

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Board
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

            • None so far

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Anything
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            Ive heard people say that Roland boards arnt as good as they used to be.WRONG!!I live in an apt and it doesnt take much space but wow dont let the size fool u it packs a punch plus over 1300 patches how could you go wrong at that price?

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            This is my first Roland board...

            By SaxMan1985

            from Tennessee

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            This is my first Roland board. It sounds great in the studio however it sounds terrible live. The synths will blow you away and the organs are pretty decent too. I will be selling mine for a used Yamaha Motif or new MM6 even...
            Pros:
            1.Lightweight.
            2.Media player built in for playing tracks live or practicing to music.
            3.Better feeling keybed than others at this price.
            4.Excellent synths.I don't think you will find anything better especially at this price. It is chocked full of samples in that area.
            5.Better sounding organs for a keyboard at this price.
            6.Some extreamly strange sounds such as "Meditation Piano" that are fun to experiment with.
            7.You can set custom presets for realling your sounds quickly and easliy.
            8. Comes with software for editing sounds.
            9 Functions such as the D-Beam are very customizable.

            Cons:
            1.Needs to be EQ'ed for your live situation to effectivly cut through the mix for even being heard at a decent volume.
            2. Pianos, wurlitzers, brass sections, rhodes leave something to be desired next the the Yamaha MM or MO series.
            3. All the pianos are WAY TOO DARK sounding for live applications.
            Feels better than all the other keyboards at this price. Chocked full of excellent synths from the original Juno and Jupiter series. Great feeling keybed.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So far, so good

            By Why Be Normal

            from Washington

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            I was looking to buy a synth to supplement my piano lessons and also channel my inner Pet Shop Boys.

            I like the fact that they use analog knobs for Volume and Sound Modify; this is way better than sliding controls as it gives me a better "feel" when making adjustments on the fly. The keyboard action is not even close to that of weighted piano keys, but then, it's a synth. My generic pedal did not work on it, so I had to buy a Roland pedal. (Was that done on purpose?)

            The Juno Di is rather light, so it tended to slide around on my run-of-the-mill "X" keyboard stand (I play while standing, not sitting down). To solve this problem, I cut a piece of plywood slightly larger than the Juno Di's footprint (but small enough to fit in my gig bag), painted it black to match, and placed it on the stand to serve as a platform for the keyboard. This trick also worked great for a smaller 49-key MIDI controller that was also too small to put on a stand.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Tremendous Bang for your $$$

            By jim calverley

            from Rhode Island

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            I love my Juno Di. I gig with this board because if I lost it or some drunk bar patron crashed into it or spilled a beer on it, I could deal with replacing it. Not so with my $3000 Motif XS7 or a FantomG or similar board. That would be catastrophic. So it's a board that takes some cautious but extensive road use and does a great job at it.
            More features than most will ever need or use or find. This board goes deep for the money.

            Awesome Sound Bank, Music File Playback, real time sound manipulation - (filter/reso, reverb, Attack, Release, etc), D-beam, split, layer, super layer features, editor software, playlist software, I could go on and on....
            It doesn't have the "feel" of a higher end instrument - the keyboard is a bit toy-ish, it is a very lightweight board - which is good for transport, not so good for "staying put" on the stand while playing it...because it's so light, it doesn't take much for it to start to travel across your keyboard stand. I've gotten around this with good ol' velcro however.
            Now, all this being said, the knobs and dials and buttons are all very sturdy and have a good feel to them, and I've been gigging with it for a little over a year without any issues. So, with a small amount of care and caution, I cannot say I have too much issue with "quality" other than the feel and weight of the instrument.
            There is simply no better value for an all-around instrument such as this.

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            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Juno-DI

            By Shack

            from Harlan County, Ky.

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            This keyboard meets all my needs and the price was right also ( % off list ! ) Unless you're a pro, in which case you'll spend thousands, you can't go wrong here, Thanks !
            All I expected and more !

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            (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good First Synth

            By Tim-I3X-f

            from Santa Rosa, CA

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            Ok, I am not much of a keyboard player but I decided to get one to add some depth to my music. I didn't want to pay a lot, so I went for this (those $400 microKORG synths are like toys). For the money, it's a wonderful little synth. Lightweight, easy to move, easy to use, and a lot of interesting sounds. Piano sounds are not great but that can be changed with the sound editor. That program is AWESOME! This synth will send you on your way

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            (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Review

            By KARMA_Dude

            from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Di Synthesizer Keyboard:

            The Roland Juno Di recently made it into my gear stash. All in all it's a very good keyboard for it's price range. It's very much a synth as opposed to a workstation- designed for playing rather than creating. The synth leads I find to be the best tones the keyboard has. Some of the other tones, especially pianos and synth pads (no lush, ethereal, ambient pads like those found on the Korg M50)I find a bit lacking, but with the included editor software, you can easily bring them up to snuff. It's not a great keyboard for new age electronica, which is pretty much my genre, so I don't recommend it for that genre. However, it is good for pop, dance and progressive. Effects are good, keyboard action is good for a synth. The value can't be beat.

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