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Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer 

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OVERVIEW

Performance instrument with new and old Juno developments.

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-DS88 takes the iconic series to a new level of performance, adding many powerful enhancements while still keeping operation streamlined and simple. Equipped with 88 weighted-action keys for a premium feel, the versatile, intuitive JUNO-DS88 puts you in creative command, making it easy to produce exceptional music everywhere you play.

Mobile Design and Stage-Ready Sounds
The JUNO-DS88 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-DS88 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-DS88, 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-DS88.

Weighted Keys for an Authentic Piano Feel
The JUNO-DS88 features 88 weighted-action keys, a first in the long history of the JUNO series. Roland's Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with progressive hammer action is an ideal complement to the expressive new piano sounds, providing high-end touch and playability while still keeping the instrument light and mobile. This makes the JUNO-DS88 an obvious choice for pro players, as well as piano students looking for a portable, versatile instrument to learn on.

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-DS88 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-DS88 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-DS88 comes with the versatile EXP-06 Studio Collection preloaded in the wave expansion slot.

Phrase Pads for Triggering Songs and Samples
With the JUNO-DS88'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're a solo performer or singer/songwriter, you'll love the JUNO-DS88'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-DS88 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-DS88's front panel.

FEATURES
  • Gig-ready instrument with pro sounds, enhanced performance features, and battery-powered operation
  • 88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard provides weighted-action feel in a lightweight design that' easy to transport
  • 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-DS88 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

Order soon. An ideal performance instrument.

SPECIFICATIONS

JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer

  • Keyboard
    Number of keys: 88 Key
    Action: Graded-hammer
    Key size: Full
    Aftertouch / Velocity: Velocity Sensitive
    Key Type: Piano-style
    Sounds
    Number of voices: 1500+
    Polyphony (max): 128-note
    Layers: Yes
    Split: Yes
    Connectivity
    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
    Onboard Features
    Recording/Playback MIDI sequencer
    Rhythms: 14
    Preset songs: 14
    Display: None
    Effects: Yes
    Built-in speakers: No
    Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
    Other controls: Sliders and knobs
    Effects
    Reverb: Yes
    Chorus: Yes
    Delay: Yes
    Equalizer: Yes
    Arpeggio: Yes
    Other: Not applicable
    Other
    Width: 55 3/4" (1415mm)
    Height: 3 7/8" (97 mm)
    Depth: 13 7/16" (341 mm)
    Weight: 35 lb. (16.2 kg)
    Power: Adapter included
    Batteries: 8 x AA (not included)
    Stand or bench included: Sold Separately
    Power
    Recommended power supply: Roland DC 9V
    Battery type: Eight "AA," HR6 or Ni-MH rechargable
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RolandJUNO-DS88 Synthesizer
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (3)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Love the feel of this keyboard

By Kyle

from Kentucky

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Built in Drummer
  • Diverse Sound Selection
  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

    I really love this keyboard. The Ivory Feel keybed makes you feel like you are playing a real piano if you close your eyes. And the hammer action is graded so it's heavier in the bottom and lighter on the top which adds to the authenticity.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is my second Juno. I DID buy it again!

    By Tall Guy

    from Samson Alabama

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Responsive / Good Action

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • The Roland on line tutorials really suck.
    • YouTube tutorials are much better.

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Travel

    Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

    I will use this in our church praise band. I bought this model in the last church we were in and loved it so much that when we moved to a new church I had to buy another one. But this one is mine and not the church's. The church owns a Roland Jupiter and it is great but I like the weighted keys on the Juno much better.

     
    5.0

    Great Keyboard for Live Performance With Unique Features

    By Keyman 1805

    from Washington State

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Realistic Sound
    • Touch Sensitive Keys
    • Unique set of features

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live performance
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

      I purchased a JUNO-DS88 because I wanted an 88 weighted-key instrument that was also very transportable and easy to use for live performance. I haven't bought a Roland keyboard in many years, although I love (and still use) my D50. The DS88 had such a unique set of features, that I thought I would give it a try.

      First, it's pretty easy to transport (around 35 pounds). In addition, I am pleased with the capacity for sound generation. Many sounds are lively, really useful, and fun to play. I feel the piano sounds are good for an instrument at this price point that also has so many other features built in. Of course, these piano patches are no are no match for my Ivory II American Grand software, but why should they at this price?

      This keyboard unique becuase of the the addition of a microphone preamp system with effects so you can run a microphone right into the keyboard. There is also a great control section on the left side of the keyboard that permits very easy control of the parameters you most want to adjust on the fly (reverb, attack, release, etc.). This section also has a set of sliders that make it fast and easy to control blends of upper and lower tones for splits, dual overlays, etc. I also really love the "joystick" controller for pitch bend and modulation. I had this controller on my D50 and have been missing it ever since. The DS88 also runs fine on batteries.

      The keyboard response is adjustable cross a number of parameters that can be changed quickly if needed. That said, the response is certainly not what I have on my Kurzweil. While I recognize that I would love the responsiveness of the Kurzweil, that that keyboard costs four times as much. I do find that it is a bit of a challenge (for me at least) to play rapidly repeated notes. In general, though, I can express myself well with this instrument.

      I'd check out the DS88 because, to my knowledge, it is the only instrument with this level of different features in one package.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful instrument

      By Kimberly

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Church
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

      This is a great instrument. Although I'm a little overwhelmed at all there is to learn, I know it will be fun to master it. Great sound effects, looping capability, and sounds great with the band through our sound system. Definitely recommend for the price .

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