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Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer  

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        Over 1,300 fresh sounds, 8-track digital recorder, BOSS pro effects, 128-voice polyphony, and more.

        In the JUNO tradition of great sound, compact design, easy operation, and affordable price, the JUNO-Gi delivers big. What propels this power-synth into another realm, however, is its supercharged feature set with over 1,300 fresh sounds, an onboard 8-track digital recorder, and pro effects created by BOSS. Write, record, mix, master, and perform anywhere with the new JUNO-Gi.

        New Sound Bank
        A new sound library has been created for the JUNO-Gi, with over 1,300 factory selections that cover a universe of instrument types and musical styles. Tone Category buttons help you scan the vast library and locate the perfect sound with ease and speed. New to the JUNO-Gi are Live Sets, which comprise up to four layered tones each—create your own unique sounds by stacking and/or splitting tones and saving them together as a Live Set. Furthermore, a Special Live Set section takes maximum advantage of the JUNO-Gi sound engine for the most advanced synth sounds.

        Performance and Portability
        The JUNO-Gi has been designed with the performer in mind. It provides supreme mobility thanks to its lightweight body and battery-power compatibility (up to three hours of continuous operation with eight NiMH AA batteries), letting you experience the freedom of performance in any environment. Roland's battery-powered amps such as the BA-330 and KC-110 are perfect companions for the JUNO-Gi during street performances. Performers will also appreciate the JUNO-Gi's friendly front panel, which is covered with hands-on controls, clearly marked and easy to reach. The enlarged 240 x 64 graphic LCD provides clear visibility and fast navigation, even on outdoor gigs with troublesome sun glare.

        Digital Recording & FX
        The Pro recording onboard! The JUNO-Gi's built-in eight-track digital recorder with 64 virtual tracks provides a full-featured multitrack studio environment, complete with dedicated transport controls and mix faders. The recording media is a removable SD or SDHC card, with up to 192 hours of recording time possible when using a single 32GB SDHC card. Also supported is full import and export of track data with a computer. The same pro performance effects found in the BOSS GT series are built into the JUNO-Gi, as well as effects designed for vocal processing. Connect a guitar or microphone directly and apply these top-quality effects for instant CD-quality sound as you record.

        USB MIDI & Audio
        The JUNO-Gi's multifunction USB port offers both audio and MIDI functionality—a one-cable connection to your computer is all you need to stream audio and MIDI back and forth and interface with your favorite music software. When you combine the JUNO-Gi with the bundled Cakewalk Sonar LE 8.5 software, you have a complete digital audio workstation package for your PC. In addition, the MIDI Controller Mode lets you operate the JUNO-Gi as a MIDI master keyboard for controlling your DAW or external MIDI devices.

        Features

        • Keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity)
        • Over 1,300 high-quality sounds optimized for live performance
        • Intuitive user interface, including dedicated Tone Category buttons and large display
        • 128-voice polyphony
        • Full-featured 8-track digital recorder onboard with Guitar/Mic/Line inputs
        • Plug in a guitar and play/record with built-in pro guitar effects derived from BOSS' GT series
        • High-capacity SDHC card slot for data storage and direct play
        • Full computer integration via MIDI Controller mode and built-in audio/MIDI interface
        • Lightweight, compact body with battery-power compatibility
        • Complete mobility when used with a battery-powered PA or amp such as Roland's BA-330 or KC-110
        • Included Cakewalk Production Plus Pack makes the JUNO-Gi a complete DAW package for your PC

        Accessories

        • Owner's Manual
        • Quick Guide
        • CD-ROM (USB Driver)
        • DVD-ROM (Cakewalk PPP)
        • SD Card (2GB, installed in the JUNO-Gi when shipped from the factory)
        • SD Card Protector (installed in the JUNO-Gi when shipped from the factory)
        • USB Memory Protector
        • AC Adaptor

        For 30 years, JUNO's have been a staple synth on stage and in studios. Order your JUNO-Gi today!

         

        JUNO-Gi Synthesizer Specifications:

        • Sound Generator Section
        • Maximum polyphony: 128 voices
        • Parts: Live Set (4 layers) + 16 parts
        • Wave memory: 128MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
        • Preset memory: Live Set: 1,379, Tone: 788 + 256 (GM2), Rhythm Set: 14 + 9 (GM2)
        • User Memory: Live Set: 256, Favorite: 100
        • Effects: Multi-Effects: 2 systems, 79 types, Chorus: 3 types. Reverb: 5 types
        • Digital Recorder Section
        • Tracks
        • Track: 8
        • V-Track: 64 (8 V-Tracks per each Track)
        • Up to 2 tracks can be recorded simultaneously, and up to 8 tracks can be played back simultaneously
        • Maximum number of songs: 99
        • Memory capacity: SD memory card: supports SDHC cards to a maximum of 32GB
        • Sample rate: 44.1kHz
        • Recording time (conversion in one track):
        • Card capacity recording times: 1GB (approx. 6 hrs.), 2GB (approx. 12 hrs.), 4GB (approx. 24 hrs.), 8GB (approx. 48 hrs.), 16GB (approx. 96 hrs.), 32GB (approx. 192 hrs.)
        • The maximum recording time (storage used) for one song is approximately 12 hours (2GB)
        • Note:The above recording times are approximate and are for when only one track is used. For example, if you record using all eight tracks, the available time for each track will be one eighth of the time listed. Since the 2GB SD card included with the JUNO-Gi contains a demo song, the available recording time will be shorter than listed above.
        • With the Track Export function, a maximum of approximately 6 hours and 40 minutes worth of monaural data (approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes worth of stereo data) can be output
        • Nominal input level:
        • LINE INPUT jacks: -10 dBu
        • GUITAR/MIC INPUT jack: GUITAR: -20 dBu, MIC: -40 dBu
        • Effects:
        • Insert Effects: 3 banks (Guitar, Mic, Line)
        • Mastering Tool Kit
        • Reverb
        • USB Memory Song Player Section
        • File Format: Audio File: WAV, AIFF, MP3 / Standard MIDI File: format-0/1
        • Number of songs: 99
        • External memory: USB MEMORY (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash memory: sold separately)
        • Others
        • Rhythm pattern:
        • Preset: 371 / User: 99 / Song (Digital Recorder): 99
        • Arpeggiator: Preset: 128 / User: 64
        • Chord memory: Preset: 17
        • Controllers: Pitch bend/Modulation lever, D Beam controller, S1/S2 buttons, Sound Modify knob x 6
        • Display: 240 x 64 dots graphic LCD (with backlit)
        • External memory: SD/SDHC Card
        • Connectors:
        • OUTPUT Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4" phone type)
        • PHONES Jack (stereo 1/4" phone type)
        • SONG/CLICK OUT Jack (stereo 1/4" phone type)
        • LINE INPUT Jacks (L, R) (1/4" phone type)
        • GUITAR/MIC INPUT Jack:
        • MIC: 1/4 inch phone type or XLR type (phantom power), GUITAR: 1/4 inch phone type (Hi-Z)
        • CONTROL PEDAL Jack
        • HOLD PEDAL Jack
        • MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
        • USB COMPUTER Connectors (USB Hi-Speed Audio/MIDI)
        • (Use a USB cable and a computer with a USB connector that support USB 2.0 Hi-Speed.)
        • DC IN Jack
        • Power Supply
        • DC 9 V
        • (AC Adaptor or Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery (AA, HR6; sold separately) x 8)
        • * Carbon-zinc batteries or alkaline batteries cannot be used.
        • Current Draw: 750 mA
        • Battery Life for Continuous Use
        • Rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (AA, HR6): Approximately 3 hours (approximately 2 hours if USB memory is connected) (This figure will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
        • Size and Weight
        • Width: 1,008mm, 39-11/16"
        • Depth: 300mm, 11-13/16"
        • Height: 105mm, 4-3/16"
        • Weight: 5.7kg, 12lb. 10 oz.
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        RolandJUNO-Gi Synthesizer
         
        4.6

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        5.0

        Great for Mobile Playing

        By JohnnyG

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • MIDI
          • Travel

          Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

          I wanted a lightweight portable keyboard with a lot of usable sounds that I could carry easily to places for open mics, busking, and jam sessions, and this fits the bill. I have a Kronos 73 which is an awesome keyboard, but it is a pain to lug.

          The Roland Juno GI also allows me to plug in background/backing tracks as mp3/wav files and play other them and adjust the volume of my playing to the mp3 which is a nice feature. It makes playing along to epic mix tracks a snap when I play in the park and busk. It has also a great number of sounds, and most of the presets are usable. This is a preset machine. If sound crafting is your thing, this is probably not the right board for you. If you simply just want to play and be able to find sounds easily, the sounds are grouped so it makes it child's play.

          I wish the chassis wasn't comprised of so much plastic and a little more substantial, but when you want reduced weight I guess it is inevitable. Overall a great board for the spontaneous musician. I like the feature where you press one button to turn it into a midi controller when it's hooked up to your computer (no menu diving - just hit one button to go midi and then again to go back to audio sounds).

          The sounds are good and very usable, but I do not consider them jaw dropping. I used to own a Roland Fantom G and it sounds like some of the sounds were borrowed or slightly modified from that model. Decent piano but not as good as my Yamaha board at home.

          Best part though - Pair this with the Roland stereo battery operated keyboard amp, KC-110, and you can go play anywhere (beach, camping, backyard) without a need for an electrical plug. True freedom for the keyboardist - FINALLY!! For what you pay, this is an outsanding value. I can't see why any keyboardist wouldn't want one fo these in their arsenal because you get so much for so little.

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          5.0

          Packs a lot of punch

          By Guitar/Bass/Drums

          from Pittsburgh, PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • MIDI

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            I think this is a great keyboard. Enough of the controls are hardware-based rather than menu driven software to make it very intuitive to use for this bass player that sometimes covers keys. I've had other keyboards that I couldn't figure out even with the manual and have rarely needed to consult the manual with this one. I thought the D beam would be a gimmick, but its great for controlling expression on solos (cello, horns, sax).

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            (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A great board for stage or studio

            By poorness

            from Omaha, NE

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            If you're looking for a "one does it all" type of keyboard without spending a ton of money... this is a good choice. It does a lot! The sound engine is very powerful and I love the splits/layers feature. It's a bit cumbersome to use some of the features because there are so many sub-menus, but once you get used to it, the interface is not bad to navigate. I really wish it had aftertouch, but other than that... this is a really good board. I recommend it!
            This is a very powerful little keyboard! I am impressed! The splits and layers are very cool. You can create tons of unique sounds and save them the the user presets. The insert effects are amazing too. I also really like the favorties function. You can save up to 100 presets for easy single button recall. That is really handy. I do have a couple of complaints though. 1) Roland should've included a better action. This one is bit plasticy (though not bad) and it has no aftertouch. If this baby had aftertouch it would be a win win! 2) They crammed so much stuff into the Juno Gi that its often cumbersome to get to everything. I think they could've taken a few things out or added more buttons to make it a little easier to navigate.
            I'm pleased with the keyboard overall, but I think the action is a little bit plasticy. I really wish they would've included aftertouch. Other than that, I really have no complainsts about the quality. I have had good luck with every Roland product I've ever owned and this one is no exception.
            You really do get a lot of synth for the money with the Juno Gi. It has a lot of workstation class featrues and works great for simple arrangements as well. The sounds are very diverse and I don't think you'll ever run out of patches with this thing. It even has the option to run on batterites which is nice (although I don't think I would use that). Overall, I think it's a really fantastic value.

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            (17 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Average at best

            By Jibril Abdullah

            from Virginia, USA

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            Overall, this keyboard is average at best, nothing really special. I think Roland has slid way downhill over the past 10 or 15 years in terms of the quality of it's products, and it's recent products, including the Fantom, are boring. Bells and whistles don't mean much when you've got such lackluster tones to work with. Between this, the Korg M50 or the Yamaha MO, I'd definitely recommend the M50 or even MO over this.
            I bougtht this board to replace my Fantom Xa, and I must admit that in many ways it is better than the Fantom Xa, but still not the best board I've ever owned. It does come with a lot of bells and whistles, and the editor/ librarian software is pretty good, but it does have it's limits. I've found in terms of preset tones, the electric guitars and lead synths are pretty amazing, and that's what I use the board for. The acoustic tones, such as pianos, guitars, basses and string and brass instruments I don't feel are really up-to-snuff. The pads and motion-synths are pretty lackluster and require a lot of editing to sound good, and the arp patterns don't really add up. The best thing about this board is the on-board track recorder. I like the fact that I can record audio tracks to the sequencer.
            I've found the keyboard action to be cheap-feeling and loose, which makes it difficult to play fast-synth solos sometimes. Also I've had two real-time control knobs break and I had to have the power jack worked on. The sound quality has a real lack of low-end, and using the board to play bass sounds for instance, frankly sucks.
            I don't feel that this keyboard is worth the money I paid for it. It just feels, plays and sounds more like a mid-level keyboard in the range of the Yamaha MM6, Juno-Di, Casio WK and Korg X-50. As I said, apart from the guitars and lead synths, I don't use it for anything else. The bells and whistles I think are just marketing techniques- they're nothing particularly special.

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            (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Review

            By music lover-1UYP7

            from Silsbee, TX

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            I think this is an excellent keyboard that is worth every Penny. As far as what Horace said above about it not having MIDI Mapping, IT DOES, on page 133 of the Owners Manual, channels 1-16. I have heard a little better Pianos before, but there are numerous settings that can be adjusted in each of the Live sets that makes the Pianos a whole lot better, but that is after a little tweaking of the voices. I suggest looking at Youtube for videos for Roland Juno Gi to see what this Bad-Boy can really do, I'm convinced, after just watching the videos on youtube. I WILL be getting one soon.

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            (15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not Exactly the Cat's Meow

            By Horace-xB6U_

            from Shreveport, LA

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            The following are just my opinons, with regard to the Roland Juno-GI synthesizer. It is not my intention to prove one brand better than another. I use several brands of instruments in my work and do not generally consider myself an advocate of any one brand. I hope this review aids a fellow musician in making an informed decision.I was actually in the market for a workstation (i.e. Fantom or Motif), but property tax increase and son's tuition caught me off-guard. In response, I had to buy what something to bridge the gap until the financial window of opportunity opened again.I researched the board via mfg demos on youtube and a couple forums as well as a couple colleagues' opinions. I lucked out and found someone in a bind and got one new one at a discount. However, the only part for which I am now thankful resides in the fact that I did not pay full retail. The following are the pro's and con's:Pros:1. magnificant pads, organs, and percussion. Every organ in the Live Sets is very convincing. 2. Great Amp-Sims, effects, useful stock arpegiators, and very good analog emulations.3. Very rugged construction (sturdy knobs and pots).4. Some of the Live Sets have velocity sensative accents something like Yamaha's XA effects which are adjustable(guitars particularly; frets and harmonics).5. Audio recorder capable of recording and applying effects to action on an outboard guitar or bass.6. Intuitive GUI compared to previous offerings.7. Wide range of real-time control.Cons:1. Most of the acoustic patches such as strings, basses, and pianos are unconvincing compared to those available in other models.2. The keyboard, though they are synth-style unweighted keys, is noisy, lack feeling, and are too small, believe it or not. The keys on this board are about 7/8, give or take, the size of comparable synth/piano keys. 3.No onboard 16-track midi song playback (knew it did not have a midi sequencer, but most synthesizers are designed to playback with DAWs through a 1-to-1 midi channel mapping. This one has not those facilities. In a nutshell, only 4 parts can be assigned to Cakewalk or Cubase with some configuration. I know there are work-arounds for it, but it's by no means a convenient solution for use with computer-based DAWs.4. Basically (for my individual purposes)it is a pad/percussion/organ sound module that is taking up a keyboard spot on my bench.I can clearly see this board's value for live performances, applicable to a wide spectrum of genres, with emphasis on those hinted with progressive/alternatative rock and trance elements, which is superb for so suited a user. However, I have IN NO WAY found it to live up to one-stop plug-and-play music production powerhouse the infomercials might lead one to believe. The only reason I will likely not trade it off is for the live sets of note I've listed, though I still hate having to make room for it when space is generally limited. In closing, as primarily a studio musician (taking into full consideration the attributes of this derivative unit), I will likely forego the purchase of the Fantom and look more in the direction of the Motif. Thank you for indulging me this opportunity.

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pretty universal

            By ThatOneFool

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Roland JUNO-Gi Synthesizer:

            This keyboard is an absolute steal! It has an awe-inspiring amount of sounds and even more ways to change them. Couple that with the ability to record and have a USB port and a SD expansion slot is pretty cool. A song player is nice to have, but you need to have a Roland USB stick to use. I tried using another type and it didn't work. The keyboard noticed it there but didn't do anything for it.The keyboard's sound is pretty great as well. Get an external speaker for it and you could easily use it live. Problem is, it doesn't come with the cables to do so, but oh well, right? It also has the capabilities to be used as a MIDI controller, which was my selling point.Nothings ever perfect however. I did see it came with some sort of software, 2 discs to be exact. One was the driver for the keyboard and the other was Cakewalk's production plus program with Sonar 8.5 LE. I appreciated receiving free software but I absolutely HATE this. I found it to be too much of a pain to use, and I do have experience with others like Reason and Pro Tools and I didn't give up right away. I looked for tutorials and just experimented with it for a while but decided it wasn't worth it. I won't dock this keyboard for that, Roland has made a fun product with few faults.Looking for a universal synth? I suggest this one.

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