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
qwertyman
October 18, 2009 @ 7:15 am
To me, it looks like repacked original Fantom FA-76 (nearly 10 years old by now), with double the polyphony, audio tracks and less keys and expandability. It's disguised in a different package so you don't notice It.
Mystic
September 27, 2009 @ 8:38 am
I have owned a Juno G for a few months and I am still stunned at what you get for the money..

Lightweight, protable, functional and extremely capable and with great sounds out of the box, and like another reviewer indicated, go pull the vx collection for free if you need more.

The manual IS difficult.... but when there are 40 pages dedicated to creating patches you KNOW you are buying some horsepower.. Buy a $3000 fantom and the manual is alomost identical..So like everything, practice makes perfect.
No the Keybed does not come from the fantom.. Roland had to save money somewhere.. a little spongy but not fragile like the Korg... I forgot all my worries about the keybed in about 2minutes of playing.

There is nothing remotely close to this in the "bang for the buck" category.. the perfect home studio machine
Ian
September 25, 2009 @ 5:19 am
Had my Juno-G for a year and I'm happier with it now than the day I got it. I recently played a Fantom-G to see if it was worth the extra cash. Nope.
If you want more patches, go to Roland Clan and download the XV collection. It has an extra 1024 patches and a lot of them are exceptionally good.
I use mine for regular live gigs as well as in the studio and it hasn't failed me yet.
Great board for the money.
Cort
July 6, 2009 @ 1:21 am
I got one of these for $825 and was blown away by its sequencer. It's easy to use and can really boost creativity. A good portion of the preset patches are quite good. The synth sounds are respectable and good for live performances. Let's face it, 99.99% of people listening to you play are not going to have an opinion on digital vs analog sounds. The key action is quite heavy, however being a piano player I hardly notice.
eSeR
March 2, 2009 @ 2:49 am
I`ve purchased the Juno-G about 3 mounths ago, after I`ve played the Fantom G. I must say, that i was looking for a workstation with a good overall sound, and I didn`t notice some big differences between the sound of the two models. Of course the keys of the Fantom (both G6 and G8) are very good, the display is fantastic, the build quality awesome, but...It is heavy and I need to be mobile when it comes to play on the sceen. Thats why I `ve chosen the Juno-G. Very versaitle instrument with lots of potential in it. You have lots of usable sounds (ok, we can`t say that every single sound rocks), sampling, a built in "beat-machine", sequencer and a good sounding synthesizer. For the price it is a very good choice for beginners, semi-professionals or even professionals. I like to build my own patches in the editor (and the possibilities in here are large). I can recommend it to everyone who needs a non-expensive workstation which sound is close to its big brothers, the X and G series.
 
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    ROLAND JUNO G
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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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