Roland Juno-G Workstation Keyboard

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Is the Juno back? Maybe. The Juno-G is a full-sized Workstation Keyboard from Roland featuring much of Roland's current state-of-the-art synthesis technologies, putting a studio's worth of sound, sequencing, and audio recording into one complete instrument. It shares the same high-powered processor as Roland's Fantom-X series but packages it in a synth that looks very reminiscent of the old Juno-synths, and also puts many of the controls at your finger tips. Not to mention, considering what you get, the Juno-G is a very affordable synth.

Roland's powerful Fantom-X sound engine offers up to 128 voices of polyphony (a quantum leap from the 6 voices offered by the original Junos). The sounds of the Fantom-X engine are typical of Roland's most current sonic palette. This is no analog wannabe synth, its sounds are purely digital although many analog modeled sounds are available. You also get Roland's 88-note multi-sampled grand piano, and a wide range of sounds that span from classical to cutting-edge. You can further expand your Juno-G sound library with one of Roland's optional SRX expansion boards.

True to its workstation capability, the Juno-G features an onboard audio/MIDI recorder for programming and recording your own music sequences. There is a 16-part MIDI sequencer with dedicated transport controls and mixer. There are also four companion stereo audio tracks which allow you to lay down live parts from external audio sources (like vocals, guitar parts, etc.). Both the MIDI sequencing and audio recording memory is ample, allowing room for plenty of recorded ideas, performances, songs and parts.

The Juno-G has a fairly user-friendly interface featuring a very large back-lit LCD display (not a touch screen), clearly labeled buttons, six knobs to modify sounds, five sliders for the audio section, a data wheel, a D-Beam controller, and a pitch/mod lever. Additional performance controls and features include the on-board Arpeggiator, Chord Memory and built-in multi-effects. The Juno-G really has everything you need to perform, compose, record and create your music. Of course it offers MIDI in/out as well as USB connectivity for interfacing with computers (all MIDI communications can be handled over USB, which can also be used to send and receive WAV/AIF files and patch data). There's also a PC Card slot (which accepts CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards via adapter) for external memory storage.

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Make no mistake about it - this is not your father's Juno! In fact, this may just be a slight repackaging of the Fantom synthesizers with a retro namesake and look. If you were expecting the Juno-G to be the reanimation of Roland's most famous vintage poly-synth, you may be disappointed. However, if you are interested in Roland's cutting edge synthesis engine, sounds and features in a synth with a retro vibe, the Juno-G may be what you are looking for in an era where most equivalent workstations have a polished and almost sterile personality. The Juno-G is powerful yet affordable and user friendly, which is probably as close to the original Juno as it gets.

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28 Visitor comments
December 4, 2008 @ 11:50 pm
A Fantom X engine for a fraction of what the X-series cost. The quick edit knobs are nice and the drum patterns essentially provide an onboard drum machine. Editing is easier than on the XP-series, even though I didn't care for the orange display. The effects section is an improvement over the XP series.

It fails in these 3 areas:
1. no aftertouch. I knew it didn't have aftertouch when I bought it, but I didn't think the omission would matter as much until using orchestral patches. My old XP-30 was more fun to play.

2. 1 SRX expansion slot. Too bad you've only got one slot. Major downer.

3. No decent acoustic piano patches among the presets. What you get is a dull acoustic piano with no character or sustain at all. You shouldn't have to shell out $300 to get an expansion board in order to have a decent piano patch.

Overall, a mixed bag. Lots of good sounds in there, but Roland skimped on some essential features.
October 12, 2008 @ 6:29 am
i can't understand the main goal of these products.
buy workstation is a waste of money
September 22, 2008 @ 11:47 am
I own a Juno g.....I was planning on getting the new Fantom G but when I compared the sound quality...there is really no big difference.....ofcourse the Fantom G has more FX & waveforms but for what I need(electronica) gets the job excellent fashion..
plus the Juno was half the price of the Fantom....
Tip:if your not good at programing,try just putting the presets through the multi will be amazed!
September 3, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
I own one. There are two complaints I have with it. One: The key action is extremely heavy. Even after setting to the most sensitive setting, you still have to "bang" it pretty good for a synth. It's like they were trying to imitate piano action without weighted keys. WEIRD.
And two: The instructions are pretty confusing and not easily understandable. Some are just WRONG. Like telling you to choos "F6" to do something, when in reality it is supposed to be "F5".

There are some good sounds, some great realistic sounds. Although there are a lot of different bass sounds, I found the bass sounds to be lacking in quality. They would only sound good within about a 6 note range on the keyboard, and outside of that range sounded very cheezy or fake.
Rich C
August 28, 2008 @ 4:30 pm
I cannot find fault with this Workstation. For the money its fantastic and offers alot indeed!
Back in the day the Juno 106 got my vote and today the Juno G does.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices (16-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 64 MB Waveform memory
  • Sequencer - MIDI: 16 tracks, 400,000 note capacity, 9,998 measures, Realtime recording, Step recording.
    Audio: 4 stereo tracks, 16-bit linear, Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, Recording Time: memory not expanded (4 M bytes): approx. stereo 23.5 seconds, memory fully expanded (516 M bytes): approx. stereo 51 minutes
  • Arpeggiator - Arpeggio - Preset: 128, User: 128
    Rhythms Pattern - Preset: 256 (32 groups), User: 256 (32 groups)
    Chord Memory - Preset: 64, User: 64
  • Effects - Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 78 types, Reverb: 5 types, Chorus: 3 types, Mastering Effects: 3-band compressor, Input Effects: 6 types
  • Memory - Preset Patches: 768 + 256 (GM2), Rhythm Sets: 36 + 9 (GM2), Performances: 64.
    User Patches: 256, Rhythm Sets: 36, Performances: 64.
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity sensitive)
  • Control - MIDI (In/Out), USB (supports file transfer and MIDI)
  • Date Produced - 2007
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  • Images from Roland-US.

    Reviewed August 2008.

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