Roland™s JUNO synths are known everywhere for their great sound, ease of use, and exceptional value. Beginning in the 70s with some of the earliest mass-produced analog synthesizers, the Juno line's n... Click To Read More About This Product
Roland™s JUNO synths are known everywhere for their great sound, ease of use, and exceptional value. Beginning in the 70s with some of the earliest mass-produced analog synthesizers, the Juno line's new releases are always hotly anticipated. The JUNO-DS61 takes the iconic series to a new level of performance, adding many powerful enhancements while still keeping operation streamlined and simple. Versatile, intuitive, and highly mobile, the JUNO-DS61 puts you in creative command, making it easy to produce exceptional music everywhere you play.
Mobile Design and Stage-Ready Sounds
The JUNO-DS61 is an ideal keyboard for all types of players, from performing pros and weekend warriors to music producers and home hobbyists. It also excels in teaching labs and other music education environments. Easy to carry and easy to use, the JUNO-DS61 is filled with great Roland sounds for any style or genre, and versatile battery or AC operation gives you the flexibility to play anytime and anywhere.
Top-Quality Pianos, Organs, and More
Acoustic pianos, electric pianos, and organs are bread and butter for most performing keyboardists. In the JUNO-DS61, the pianos have been newly enhanced with improved sound and response, and there are even more organs to choose from. In addition to this new DS Tone Bank, the instrument includes the entire 1000-plus sound set from the previous-generation JUNO-Di, and patches from that keyboard are fully compatible with the JUNO-DS61.
Enhanced Editing and Hands-On Controls
One thing that™s made the JUNO series a players™ favorite is its instant-access design, which makes it easy to call up fantastic sounds right away. But if you like to dig in and customize, the JUNO-DS61 now offers even more adjustable parameters than before, allowing you to tweak patches and performances with detailed precision. The front panel provides an expanded array of hands-on knobs and sliders for creating patches and adjusting sounds as you perform, while the rear panel features jacks for connecting hold and expression pedals at the same time.
Wave Expansion Slot for Adding New Sounds
To complement its impressive onboard sound set, the JUNO-DS61 supports internal waveform expansion via USB for unlimited tonal range. Over 1000 EXP sounds are available for free download at Roland™s Axial website, including top-quality acoustic piano collections, world instruments, go-to studio standards, percussion, loops, and more. If don™t find what you need there, it™s even possible to load in WAV files from your personal library and play them from the keyboard! Out of the box, the JUNO-DS61 comes with the versatile EXP-06 Studio Collection preloaded in the wave expansion slot.
Phrase Pads for Triggering Songs and Samples
With the JUNO-DS61™s eight Phrase Pads, you can supplement your keyboard performances with samples or music files stored on USB memory. Just load up the pads with whatever you like”one-shot samples, vocals, sound effects, loops, or complete music tracks”and trigger them with a quick touch when needed.
Mic Input with Vocoder and Auto Pitch
If you'e a solo performer or singer/songwriter, you™ll love the JUNO-DS61™s mic input, which lets you get great vocal sounds without having to carry around extra gear. There™s a dedicated vocal reverb, plus Auto Pitch for singing with the œstepped electronic vocal effect popular in today™s music. The built-in vocoder is big fun too, allowing you to sing into a mic and control the tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard.
Eight-Track Pattern Sequencer
When you have an idea for a song or beat, you can easily capture and develop it with the onboard pattern sequencer. The intuitive, non-stop operation won™t interrupt your creative flow, letting you build up full arrangements with multiple sounds in no time. The sequencer is also perfect for enhancing live performances with pre-made backing music and on-the-fly looping.
Music Production Partner
The JUNO-DS61 is not only great on stage”it works great for computer music production as well. The integrated USB interface provides a solid front end for a mobile or studio recording setup, allowing you to record MIDI and audio data, including sounds from the mic input. There™s even a dedicated DAW Control mode for controlling your music software from the JUNO-DS61™s front panel
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Live gigs and as a controller for Apple Logic Pro
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I brought this keyboard for my 15 year old son who plays the keyboard at our church and he just love it including the congregation at the church cause the boy can play.
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I have used keyboards and Midi since the 80s. The Juno Di is one of my favorite keyboards because of its many sounds, portability, and keybed feel, standard midi file and mp3 playback. Where the Di lacked was quality of sound but the operating system and features were rock solid for external midi control- as a controller and as a drum rhythm player synced to incoming midi. Di is great at multitasking! I can keep one player rolling while I switch back to play favorites for example. The DS is currently falling short of this multitasking ease, however this should not stop anyone as this could be fixed in updates. But there are other missing features the Di has like Standard Midi File playback and a Playlist editor (can workaround the playlist editor but not midi file playback) However the DS sounds are incredible and very full sounding next to the Di.
I sold my Di to get the DS. Loading old patches and favorites was a snap! The sounds in the DS are much better, even the same patches from the Di are much better fidelity making it a great pro board to a point. Yes the sounds are pro, but the hardware 1.04 system needs to be updated to support more pro editing features in the sequencer and in the sampler. The samplers are limited, dont plan on Ableton Live like playback of phrases because you can play only 1 sample at time from the phrase sampler, this is ok for song part playback however. You would be limited to load drum samples becase of 1 sample at a time playback. You can load a sample into a patch to playback on keybed, however I have not found a way to load several samples into 1 patch and I'm not sure you can do that (Roland rep said you can in a video but Im not sure yet) but split keyboard means you can at least get 2 samples across the Keybed.
The drums sound very good in the DS. I was able to create a nice sequence. But i was not able to use an onboard rhythm in my phrase sequence. Thats too bad. If you want to use the onboard rhythm machine with the phrase sampler, hope for an update for this feature. Using external clock source I was not able to get the onboard rhythm machine and phrase sampler to work 100%. The rhytms would mysteriously stop after a bar or two. With external clock there was triggering of drums from the phrase sequencer even when turned off, or when I was in patch mode, these bugs need to be addressed by Roland. I never had any issues with my Di hardware revisions! It would be nice to fluidly choose the prase sequence and the rhythm player even simultaniously from external clock. Updates needed here.
The keybed downward key travel is shorter than the Di and most other synths I have played, I have played many, the feel is adjustable, i got used to it and can play faster and slide better than the Di keybed which I have loved for years. But this may be preference, try the keybed settings if it feels uncomfortable. The keys have a slight grade to them, top is a little lighter than bottom, most people will not notice, good innovation Roland, like a piano.
I like the vocoder, sounds great, however I would like to switch out of vocoder back into my previous patch or favorite. Nope, when leaving vocoder with the button the DS leaves you in a vocoder patch with regular mic patching. Please update so I can go from singing and playing piano into vocoder and back while performing.
In sequencer I can erase on the fly, however I have to do it while holding the erase button down like a drum machine. There isn't an Erase full track on the fly. You have to turn the sequence off, thats a bummer. Also, you can quantise the input of the sequencer but not the output. This is not nice and is just one example of the extreme limitations of sequencer editing options, there are none at this point! But the DS does interface with your PC so you can get this done out of the box. You can also interface audio in and out of your pc or mac. This is a great addition over the Di, the sound is pristine! Also, the aux input sounds terrific, thanks for that Roland!
No, you cant use Keyboard splits, favorites or layers in the Sequencer because each sequencer pad (or part) uses a different sound. There are no favorite patches that can be used for quick pull up into sequencer. You can use external midi program change into the DS however... A workaround.
Why are the phrase pads shut down when I use this as a midi controller? I can maybe understand if If I am syncing to my pc or mac. Update!
Overall I wished for a bit more out of this keyboard because it was toted as a professional rig, its processor seems sluggish, loads samples slowly and not quick on the fly, sequencer and sampler editing is poorly implimented but I guess they expect that will be done in your pc. With good software updates this can be a winner, but with the obvious sampler limitations. The pro sounds are the best implimented feature, the ability to add preferred sound banks for free is outrageous. I just wish the hardware soft rev was as flawless as the Di was. Multi-tasking is limited, this is needed by a 1 man band! I would still Recommend this keyboard highly, if you need a more powerful sampler add one on the side of this keyboard. If Roland fixes the bugs and limitations I will revise my review.