Roland Juno-D

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Roland has brought the Juno back, but this is not an analog synth--it is a budget digital wavetable synthesizer. It may not look anything like its predecessors, nor does it sound like the classic analog poly-synth whose name it bears, but like those before it, the Juno-D offers a fairly robust package of synth sounds and potential in a streamlined, user-friendly interface at a reasonable price---making it a good entry-level keyboard.

The Juno-D comes with 32 MB of waveforms in its memory including Roland's stereo multi-sampled piano, and a whole range of synth sounds from vintage synths to GM2-compatible. Patches are organized in categories such as Piano, Guitar, Orchestra, etc. There are digital resonant filters, LFOs, multi-effects, phrase sampling, chord memory, five front-panel control knobs and a D-Beam controller so you can twist any of the hundreds of patches it ships with into your own more unique sounds. Those who want to program their own Juno-D sounds via computer, a Mac/PC editor is included.

A Limited Edition model was released which doubled waveform memory to 64MB and added extra patch memory storage (706 total patches, 66 are new) and featured some newly programmed sounds including an incredibly realistic piano based on 88-key stereo multi-sampled waves, a massive rock organ, '80s-era brass and electric piano, vintage synth sounds and many others.

As entry-level keyboards go, you can't go wrong with the Juno-D. It has hundred of quality Roland sounds at your disposal, and tweaking them is fairly easy. However, this is not a workstation (like the Juno-G) nor is it a retro re-make of the classic Juno series synthesizers. It offers Juno-like simplicity, yes, but more discerning synthesists and keyboard players may want to look elsewhere for better sounds or a more advanced keyboard than the Juno-D. In other words, the original Juno-series has nothing to worry about from this new Juno.

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31 Visitor comments
jonathan
September 29, 2008 @ 6:57 am
whilst i do not own this instrument
i have spent the last 1/2 hour playing with one at my local music store
and it was good fun
really good effects and and oscillators.
if i had the money to buy one i would.
Ian Bamford
September 24, 2008 @ 5:30 am
Stuart, did you save your performance to the user presets? Mine starts up with my preset first every time. I love this little synth. I have 2 other controllers using different performance channels and have not run out of sounds yet. Have to tweak most of the patches to get "MY" sound but thats half the fun isn't it? I found the editor very useful and much better than trying to edit on the keyboard.
Stuart
September 21, 2008 @ 9:39 am
Juno-D is a great sounding synth with handy top panel real time editing. The juno-D however is quite confusing to configure, the backround beats only work in performance mode and it is very hard to edit and change sound within the performance mode. I did find that this was a very good piece of equipment for studio use and because this unit is so light, it is very easy to take to small gigs. the sound quality is very good for a entry level synth, other synths for the same price dont offer the same sound quality. If roland would fix the problems with not being able to play beats in normal mode and only loading the set presets when loading performance mode. (when you set your own patches for performance mode it will always load the roland preset first, making you have to go through sevral menus to reload your settings, not good for live patch switching (This is why i never had this in a complicated setup or took it to gigs where this was going to be a lead keyboard!)).
Nubob
September 13, 2008 @ 7:41 am
Theres something for everyone on the with its arsenal of sounds. Very user friendly and versatile, With its cheap price this would also made a superb 'First synth'
wilcoss
August 20, 2008 @ 12:40 pm
For my personal experience it is one of the best entry-level synth i ever had! compare to other entry level from roland such as roland xp-10 or rs series... I believe that it was more useful and more flexible the programmable effects,sound quality and also flexible control are top notch for a basic and inexpensive gear!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices (16-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 32 MB (64 MB Limited Edition Model) Waveform Memory, 686 Original Tones
  • Sequencer - Rhythm Guide: 32 Preset Patterns
  • Arpeggiator - Phrase/Arpeggio Templates: 342; User Templates: 8; Styles (Variations): 473
    Multi-Chord Memory: 16 Presets, 8 user
  • Effects - Multi-Effects: 47 types; Reverb: 8 types; Chorus: 8 types
  • Memory - 640 Patches (706 Limited Edition Model), 20 drum kits, 32 Performances, 128 User Patches
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (with velocity)
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT
  • Date Produced - 2005
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