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
asbotech
June 21, 2010 @ 7:45 pm
what can i say??? amazing! so easy to program, record, sample set up arpeggios. oh, and the sounds are still amazing, some need to be layered to add depth but still amazing. bought a korg tr61 at the same time and well,,, thats gone
Snod_donkey
January 1, 2010 @ 9:31 am
Just bought won to replace an old korg M1. Looks fantastic and has some superb sounds. Plenty of features for its price ... the only thing is the keys....... not full sized as they are not as long as normal. This results in them not having much travel which i find hard to get use to. Old korg m1 had much better keyboard. Apart from that very happy
TheCommunist
November 21, 2009 @ 6:20 am
The Juno-G was my first synth and I still have it three years later. I would like to let it go but I am very attached to the ease of recording my own samples, plus the acoustic instrument sounds are very useable. I wanted it for the electronic sounds and in this department the JG has never satisfied, particularly the bass and kick sounds which sound muddy and lack punch. The velocity layers are very obvious on the grand piano but its still a nice sounding piano. The filters I really like but they have a definite 'ladder' effect when sweeping. Editing is somewhat tedious, lots of menus to jump back and forth through. The roland editor software has never worked for me either on mac or pc platforms.
The Juno G has always been fun to play because with the arpegiator, drum sequencer and 16 track midi sequencer it's fast to get ideas down and be spontanious when jamming. The audio input being routable to the effects section is another reason I don't want to let this baby go just yet.
wilcoss
November 11, 2009 @ 7:11 am
the juno g is an amazing workstation i own one and i pretty much like it the fact that the instrument itself is very light weight it makes it easy to go around.i was very amazed by the look of it given the fact that my very first keyboard was a jx-3p it just reminded me of owing a vintage keyboard! Check my gig on roland.ca synthesizer contest! its entirely juno g!!
galvanic response
October 22, 2009 @ 12:58 am
how programmable are these synths? i'm thinking of buying one but cannot find anything on how these things are programmed. i know its a digi synth, but if its like the jd800 then lets go!
 
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Roland-US.

    Reviewed August 2008.

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