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
May 28, 2011 @ 3:52 am
I know the orig juno-d is discontinued but the frame and keyboard are exact copies of several roland models, maybe one keypad would work from another? Not sure where I would get that either.. Thanks in advance!!
May 28, 2011 @ 3:48 am
Like many others with the Juno-D I have the problem of plenty of dead keys, I found the board next to my dumpster in mint condish with a janky ac adapter jack that was fixed with a little soldering, aside from the dead keys its in perfect condition, everything else checks out fine, I know the dead keys are fixable but unfortunately I do not know how, or if buying new parts for it are necessary i dont know what or where to buy for the fix, I know a keypad part would be well worth the $,as I mentioned the board was a gold find, a free juno? discontinued and mint? please help me repair!!
April 4, 2011 @ 12:16 am
I've had my Juno D for 6 years and counting. I also own a Yamaha MO6 and a Korg MicroKorg. However, I wouldn't do a live show without my Juno D! Has some great sounds, Fast Organ, Guitar 5th and love the SawStrings. Works great on Whitesnake and many other string songs from the 80's! The only problem I have with it is the volume knob is loose and I have a wadded piece of paper under the knob to keep it tight or I lose sound and I'm starting to get some dead keys and one holding tone. Cleaned and got some back. Be careful and you'll you'll have a great tool for live and studio use!!! : )
January 29, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
The Juno-D is both a songwriters tool/plug and play performance etc, and an absolutely brilliant MIDI master keyboard ! Good for entry level, yes, but also "powerful" enough for the experienced user. Second hand prices are relatively low, so this is the better alternative when bying MIDI-keys for the DAW etc. Though with this you get the "synth" bit as well..
August 27, 2010 @ 1:29 pm
Last night in the middle of a gig, it inexplicably shifted down roughly half a step. Also, the arpeggiator is ridiculously convoluted. You have to do somersaults with it just to get it to do a simple sixteenth note pattern. Blech.
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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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    Reviewed August 2008.

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