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
August 20, 2012 @ 12:43 am
Do not buy a Roland JUNO-G, the LCD will putter out on you and your entire synth will be rendered useless, with no visible menu to dive in and out of, which will probably make the experience closer to that of the early Junos, haha. I'm serious however, this maybe a fantastic noisemaker, but Roland's long, slow post-1999 decline is strongly evident in this synth, and with many of their modern instruments in 2012. The quality is just 'not there'.
July 21, 2012 @ 11:38 am
The LCD issue is a known (and admitted) flaw from Roland, and they're replacing them with non-flawed units free of charge. My Juno-G in the backbone of my live and studio rig, and I can't complain. I've got an industrial band that gives any synth a run for its money, and the Juno-G does anything and everything I need it to.
Jim Atwood
June 24, 2012 @ 9:01 pm
The Juno G has MAJOR LCD quality issues. All I hear are these breaking down and ruining your investment. Other than buying a replacement LCD screen at $150+, I'd be careful. I have my eye on one at a used music shop, but I'm really worried about that LCD screen going nuts on me.
May 13, 2011 @ 7:18 am
It has been used by Printz Board of Black Eyed Peas band and Geoff Downes of Asia.
June 21, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
one downside is you cant switch individual drum parts on/off. the only way i found to get intros and breaks is to sit and program the six different buttons individually, so 1,2,3,4 &5 has your intro, build up and main beats and keep the 6th for some kinda funky funky stuff
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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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