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Roland JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer
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Roland™s JUNO synths are known everywhere for their great sound, ease of use, and exceptional value. Beginning in the 70s with some of the earliest m...Read More
Roland™s JUNO synths are known everywhere for their great sound, ease of use, and exceptional value. Beginning in the 70s with some of the earliest mass-produced analog synthesizers, the Juno line's new releases are always hotly anticipated. The JUNO-DS61 takes the iconic series to a new level of performance, adding many powerful enhancements while still keeping operation streamlined and simple. Versatile, intuitive, and highly mobile, the JUNO-DS61 puts you in creative command, making it easy to produce exceptional music everywhere you play.
Mobile Design and Stage-Ready Sounds
The JUNO-DS61 is an ideal keyboard for all types of players, from performing pros and weekend warriors to music producers and home hobbyists. It also excels in teaching labs and other music education environments. Easy to carry and easy to use, the JUNO-DS61 is filled with great Roland sounds for any style or genre, and versatile battery or AC operation gives you the flexibility to play anytime and anywhere.
Top-Quality Pianos, Organs, and More
Acoustic pianos, electric pianos, and organs are bread and butter for most performing keyboardists. In the JUNO-DS61, the pianos have been newly enhanced with improved sound and response, and there are even more organs to choose from. In addition to this new DS Tone Bank, the instrument includes the entire 1000-plus sound set from the previous-generation JUNO-Di, and patches from that keyboard are fully compatible with the JUNO-DS61.
Enhanced Editing and Hands-On Controls
One thing that™s made the JUNO series a players™ favorite is its instant-access design, which makes it easy to call up fantastic sounds right away. But if you like to dig in and customize, the JUNO-DS61 now offers even more adjustable parameters than before, allowing you to tweak patches and performances with detailed precision. The front panel provides an expanded array of hands-on knobs and sliders for creating patches and adjusting sounds as you perform, while the rear panel features jacks for connecting hold and expression pedals at the same time.
Wave Expansion Slot for Adding New Sounds
To complement its impressive onboard sound set, the JUNO-DS61 supports internal waveform expansion via USB for unlimited tonal range. Over 1000 EXP sounds are available for free download at Roland™s Axial website, including top-quality acoustic piano collections, world instruments, go-to studio standards, percussion, loops, and more. If don™t find what you need there, it™s even possible to load in WAV files from your personal library and play them from the keyboard! Out of the box, the JUNO-DS61 comes with the versatile EXP-06 Studio Collection preloaded in the wave expansion slot.
Phrase Pads for Triggering Songs and Samples
With the JUNO-DS61™s eight Phrase Pads, you can supplement your keyboard performances with samples or music files stored on USB memory. Just load up the pads with whatever you like”one-shot samples, vocals, sound effects, loops, or complete music tracks”and trigger them with a quick touch when needed.
Mic Input with Vocoder and Auto Pitch
If you'e a solo performer or singer/songwriter, you™ll love the JUNO-DS61™s mic input, which lets you get great vocal sounds without having to carry around extra gear. There™s a dedicated vocal reverb, plus Auto Pitch for singing with the œstepped electronic vocal effect popular in today™s music. The built-in vocoder is big fun too, allowing you to sing into a mic and control the tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard.
Eight-Track Pattern Sequencer
When you have an idea for a song or beat, you can easily capture and develop it with the onboard pattern sequencer. The intuitive, non-stop operation won™t interrupt your creative flow, letting you build up full arrangements with multiple sounds in no time. The sequencer is also perfect for enhancing live performances with pre-made backing music and on-the-fly looping.
Music Production Partner
The JUNO-DS61 is not only great on stage”it works great for computer music production as well. The integrated USB interface provides a solid front end for a mobile or studio recording setup, allowing you to record MIDI and audio data, including sounds from the mic input. There™s even a dedicated DAW Control mode for controlling your music software from the JUNO-DS61™s front panel
Performance instrument with new and old Juno developments.
- JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer
- Lightweight, gig-ready instrument with pro sounds, enhanced performance features, and battery-powered operation
- 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with synth action
- Includes all the sounds from the popular JUNO-Di, plus newly updated acoustic and electric pianos, additional organs, and other stage essentials
- Wave expansion slot enables users to download new sound waveforms, available for free at Roland' Axial website
- Sample import function for playing user WAV files on the JUNO-DS61' keyboard
- Easy sound manipulation and editing with hands-on knobs and sliders
- Eight Phrase Pads for triggering samples and audio songs stored on USB memory
- Mic input and dedicated Reverb, Vocoder, and Auto Pitch effects for impressive vocal performances
- Intuitive eight-track pattern sequencer with non-stop recording for quickly developing song ideas
A maginificent performance instrument. Order soon.
Number of keys: 61 Key
Action: Synth action
Key size: Full
Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
Key Type: Piano-style
Number of voices: 1500+
Polyphony (max): 128-note
AUX input: Yes
MIDI Connectivity: MIDI In/Out
Line output: Yes
Line input: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Headphone jacks: 1
Pedal inputs: 2
Storage type: Internal & USB
Expandability available: Yes
Recording/Playback MIDI sequencer
Preset songs: 14
Built-in speakers: Yes
Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
Other controls: Sliders and knobs
Other: Not applicable
Width: 39 3/4" (1008 mm)
Height: 3 7/8" (97 mm)
Depth: 11 13/16" (300 mm)
Weight: 11 lb. 12 oz. (5.3 kg)
Power: Adapter included
Batteries: 8 x AA (not included)
Stand or bench included: Sold Separately
Recommended power supply: Roland DC 9V
Battery type: Eight "AA," HR6 or Ni-MH rechargable
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- Poor Action
- Unrealistic sound
Comments about Roland JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer:
very late 90's sounding. TO keep it short.
- Pre-programmed music
- Realistic Sound
- Better, but still tricky menu navigation
- Electronic Music
- Synth's, Pads, Organs
Comments about Roland JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer:
I have had my eye on the Roland Juno keyboards for many years. I finally bought one and am very happy with it. Here are my observations. I have owned 3-4 cheap, Yamaha keyboards, the best being an MM6. I kept returning to the yamaha for 2 reasons - ease of operation and onboard rhythm machine that was user friendly. Each time I would test-drive the Roland Junos, I would love the sounds, but the navigation was cumbersome and the onboard rhythm machine was useless.
What I love about the Juno-DS61:
I love the tones. The organs sound rich and awesome. There are so many synths so are powerful and useful. The pads are great too. The pianos and keys sound fantastic.
Fun - there are lots of terrific idea-stirring tools in this keyboard. There are many great sound options to choose from and for the most part, they are easy to navigate and find. I am learning how to save my favorites - that menu is a little cumbersome at first, but I am getting the hang of it. I love the sliders and knobs on the left side and finding the dedicated volume sliders useful for the mic with onboard effects (very helpful!)
Onboard Drum Machine: I have been playing with the onboard rhythm tool a lot. Although there are only about 32 pattern sets, they are very useful and having 8 different variations of each one is wonderful. Compared to the MM6, which had 4 rhythm variations, these are so helpful and also that most of the patterns have a high hat only and a kick drum only variation is welcome. I know a lot of users don't care much about that, but I often play solo gigs where a simple, easy to use accompaniment is necessary and now I have a great tool for that, and it's in easy reach of my right hand so I can change beats on the fly.
What still needs work: The user friendliness has come a long way, but I think that Yamahas are easier to use out of the box. Some of the navigation, like selecting dual tones is difficult.