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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Studio Annur
December 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm
I added a Juno-Di to my rig last year and have been very happy with it. Huge library of sounds, great editor software to tweak and create your own sounds. Acoustic patches weren't too good (acoustic piano, guitar, string, brass/ reed) and required a lot of editing to get them up to par. Electric pianos, organs, clavs, synth string/ brass & pads were pretty good, but I mostly use it for the excellent synth leads and electric guitar sounds. The sound quality is a bit thin and 'wirey' and there is a definite lack of bass, but all in all, a very good mid-level synthesizer.
kubehan
September 26, 2011 @ 12:44 pm
Juno D is a great keyboard but be aware that there is new version just like muesli writes. My D model broke recently and i went and bought the DI-model and even though it has a lot of cool features and a lot new sounds I miss a couple of the Juno D sounds. Does any of you guys know how to get hold of the these D sounds and how to get them loaded into the DI ??
Ed Gaz
July 27, 2011 @ 11:18 pm
Just got one of these rigs used and am learning how to use it. Can anyone tell me how to access the User Patch Area? Can't seem to find the answer to that in the owners manual.
Yuri
July 11, 2011 @ 8:11 am
A relatively good sound, especially after some tinkering - and with the board plugged to good big speakers; however it's pretty much unrealiable due to its quick-to-fail keys rubber contacts. A couple of months ago a friend of mine used this http://www.chemtronics.com/launch.asp?region=none&industry=none (had to wait for the shipment for a month, since its only imported to Russia on specific orders), which allowed to restore the keyboard to a degree, but currently it's glitching again, with very apparently uneven sensitivity (i.e. some keys sound much louder than the rest).
muesli
July 5, 2011 @ 6:17 am
The Juno D has a successor: The Juno Di
The Juno Di is basically a Juno G without audiorecorder, sequenzer and SRX slot and sounds much better than the Juno D.
Its price is nearly the same as the Juno D's was and is fully editable (via softareeditor).
If you want an entry level synth (yes, it's a synth now, not only a rompler) which also is good for semipros try to get the Juno Di instead of the Juno D...
 
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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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