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Roland JUNO-DS88 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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • USB audio/MIDI and DAW Control mode

Order soon. An ideal performance instrument.

SPECIFICATIONS
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
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (9)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Responsive / good action (8)
  • Touch sensitive keys (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Portable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Electronic music (4)
  • Learning (4)
  • MIDI (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Keyboard for Live Performance With Unique Features

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

would buy the the 76 yahama

haven't had the chance to fully go thru the entire features as of yet, but I like what I have sample so far.

haven't had the chance to fully go thru the entire features as of yet, but I like what I have sample so far.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      (3 of 3 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

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (3 of 4 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 .

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This keyboard has replaced my guitars

      By jim the runner

      from louisiana

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

          awesome keyboard i love it

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Keyboard!

          By Toney

          from Denver

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning
            • MIDI

            Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

            Great keyboard with lots of features! Great for the beginner or professional musician. The grand pianos sound excellent. Great synths as well! The keyboard has great touch, response and feel. High quality finish and looks great on stage!

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            would buy the the 76 yahama

            By just frank

            from Mccoll S.C

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

            • Learning

            Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

            haven't had the chance to fully go thru the entire features as of yet, but I like what I have sample so far.

             
            5.0

            Really enjoying this Juno keyboard Part 2

            By Gearhead

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

                (Cont) Sounds are really good. Not the Roland Supernatural sounds, but I like them. The real time control knobs and sliders are cool, new for me. Can have a piano over synth sound and vary the relative levels of the two sounds with two sliders, and bring the cutoff frequency down to turn the synth into a pad. Very cool. The weight is 36 lb...still kinda heavy, but not for what it is. It's at the lighter end for hammer action keys. A hard, rolling case is the ticket, building my own. Patch Remain means a note doesn't cut off when you change patches with that note playing. Sometimes you do still hear sudden artifacts in the sound depending on the effects settings for one patch vs the next. It's easy to create various "performances" (combinations of patches, effects, etc) and store them to a Favorite button.

                There are a bunch of features I haven't really figured out yet.

                Downsides? At the price point you have to give up something. The control knobs are not endless encoders. This means that when you switch to a sound, and let's say the Cutoff for that sound is 0 (middle), but the Cutoff knob happens to be turned all the way down (-64), if you start to move the Cutoff knob the Cutoff setting will jump abruptly down to -64 and then move up with your movement of the knob. Annoying, but typical of the price range. That's really my only downside.

                Comparisons: Yam MX88 - nice, very comparable. Control knobs had similar problem. Main objections were tiny screen and the GHS keybed, which I 'splained in Part 1. Yam MOXF-8 - Bigger screen and endless encoders, but still the GHS keys and cost 600 more. Roland FA-08 - cost 700 more, still no endless encoders. Has a lot of nice features, but nothing to make me spend for it. Casio PX-560 - I talked about the keybed in Part 1. I was THIS CLOSE but for the clacky keys and couldn't find one locally to lay hands on. Has endless encoders, big touch screen, 256 polyphony, speakers. Nice board for 200 more.

                 
                5.0

                Enjoying this keyboard Part 1

                By Gearhead

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

                    Really enjoying this keyboard. I had one 88-key board at home and a cheap little 61 key that I would take to church, and I was tired of having to adjust to different keyboards. I wanted one keyboard for home and travel that has at least 76 keys, weighted hammer action, as compact and light as possible (the word "weight" IS in the name of weighted action though...), mid range price, durable and solid feeling key action, some sound mod knobs, easy use "favorite" buttons, "patch remain" when switching sounds, easy transpose feature, and of course many good sounds. The Juno DS88 hits all those marks.

                    First, there are almost no keyboards available with hammer action smaller than 88 keys. Plus, I figure I'd gladly give up the top octave for a 76 key. But that's not how 76 key is done...you lose about half the octave on top and half on the bottom. I don't want to give up the low!

                    The keys feel really nice to me. Solid and durable feel, even on the one that had been out for 2 years at the local Guitar Center getting beat on. My old Yamaha YPG-625 has a weighted action that feels good, but the keys have a little looseness to them which has increased with age and use, making it somewhat clackety. So it's noisy and there's a noticeable tap action on some keys before the real action starts. That made me leary of getting another Yammy with the GHS keybed. The feel is good, but there is an element of cheapness to it as well. Being sensitive to this, I really wanted a solid feeling keybed without spending 2 grand plus. This is really the main reason I chose the Juno over the Casio Privia PX-560. That is a great board by all accounts, is lighter and smaller physically, has speakers and a music rest, and other cool stuff. The Privia keybed has a great rep for feel....but....is also known to get noisy and clackety. I noticed a bit of this in a Privia at the store, which made it a no-go for me. (I also liked the brand factor of Roland better, I must admit.) Cont.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Andreicxo

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Concerts
                    • Electronic Music
                    • MIDI

                    Comments about Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer:

                    Excellent product. Very heavy, but I'm not sure of its possible to make an instrument of this type that is not heavy.

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