Roland Juno-DS88 88 Key Synthesizer w/Phrase Pads
Easy-to-use 88-note weighted-action mobile synth for bands on the move
Life in a modern band doesnt run like clockwork. In the same day, you might be rehearsing, recording and playing live, with each session demanding a whole new musical approach. Some synths will slow you down with their bulky size and uninspired sounds. The Roland JUNO-DS88 sets you free. Wherever your music leads you, this streamlined weighted-action 88-note synth will follow, with compact dimensions, smart operation and a choice of pro onboard sounds for anything from studio work to street performance. The JUNO-DS88 is the ideal instrument for piano-oriented keyboard players.
Plays like a traditional piano with 88 weighted-action keys
When a keyboard feels good beneath your fingers, it inspires you to write better songs, play tighter shows and take your band to greater creative heights. The JUNO-DS88 might be light and portable, but theres a satisfying high-end touch to the Ivory Feel-G Keyboard, which is the first in the JUNO series to feature a full 88 weighted-action keys. Try the progressive hammer action alongside the expressive new piano sounds and youll know that the JUNO-DS88 is the instrument you want to load in at tonights show.
Own the stage, hit the studio, play in the street
When your band is ready to take on the world, theres nothing worse than a cumbersome synth that ties you to the bedroom. From stage to studio ? and back ? the JUNO-DS88 is right alongside you. With its compact size, practical weight and speedy setup, this synth takes hectic schedules in its stride, letting you dart from a last-minute band rehearsal to a make-or-break gig, then across town for a recording session. Clubs, pubs and street gigs are all feasible thanks to optional battery power. In an industry that moves fast, the JUNO-DS88 is the only synth that keeps up.
Play in any band with a choice of pro sounds onboard
If you play with several bands in a range of styles, youll know how frustrating it is when your synth cant quickly deliver the required sound. With the JUNO-DS88, youve got a library of sounds for every twist and turn of the setlist. Choose your favorite pro-quality sound from nine categories, with over 1,000 sounds including acoustic and electric pianos, organs, and synth ? enough choice to cover any musical genre or performance style. And the patches from the previous-generation JUNO-Di synth are fully compatible too; your favorite new sound is just a button-push away.
Get creative with intuitive hands-on editing
With so many bands out there competing for attention, a head-turning synth sound could help you stand out. The JUNO-DS88 is a winner right out of the box ? thanks to the selection of instant-access sounds ? but even for first-timers, its simple to dig into the highly adjustable parameters and find your own voice. Select the performance mode and you can set up advanced sounds like layering strings onto the acoustic piano, or assigning organ and bass to your right and left hands respectively. Create and edit patches. Respond to the crowd and shape your sound mid-song with hands-on controls. Hook up your favorite expression pedals and push the sonic envelope. Its impossible to be average when you play the JUNO-DS88.
Enjoy instant jam sessions, no bandmates required
Even when your bandmates are out of town, theres nothing to stop you nailing down the new material with a virtual jam session. Using the JUNO-DS88s eight Phrase Pads, you can add instant drums to your keyboard parts, or copy audio data (MP3/WAV) to the USB memory and play along with lifelike full-band backing. Plus, when your shows need an added punch, the Phrase Pads can be used as a live sampler: load them up with anything from vocals to sound effects ? then trigger them with one touch to make the gig go boom.
A synth that stays fresh, with free downloadable sounds
As an upcoming musician, your playing is bound to evolve, and its vital that your synth does the same. You might start with the JUNO-DS88s onboard sounds, but youll soon go further, with this modern synth supporting internal waveform expansion via USB, and giving you access to the best sounds on the web. The versatile EXP-06 Studio Collection is preloaded in the wave expansion slot, but youll want to investigate Rolands Axial website, where over 1000 EXP patches are available for free download. Inspire your performance with top-quality acoustic piano collections, world instruments, go-to studio standards, percussion and loops ? or load in WAV files from your own sound library and play them from the keyboard. And the free JUNO-DS librarian software lets you manage all these sound patches using your computer.
The smart way to get your band playing better
The best way for any ambitious band to improve is to listen back to a performance and assess the strengths and weaknesses. While expensive recording gear is beyond most budgets, choose the JUNO-DS88 and youve already got a smart solution, all onboard and at no extra cost. With the built-in audio interface function, its easy to record your band via the mic input, then store the music on your computer, share with your bandmates and chase down the sections that need work. The JUNO-DS88 is not just a synth ? its a mobile studio.
Stand out from the crowd with unique vocal effects
If youre a solo performer or singer/songwriter, youll love the JUNO-DS61s mic input, which lets you get great vocal sounds without having to carry around extra gear. Theres a dedicated vocal reverb, plus Auto Pitch for singing with the stepped electronic vocal effect popular in todays music. The built-in vocoder is inspirational too, allowing you to sing into a mic and control the tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard.
The easy way to connect with a DAW and share your professional recordings
DAW recording has levelled the playing field for modern musicians, and the JUNO-DS88 has everything you need to make professional tracks on your favorite computer package ? no extra gear required. The integrated USB interface provides a solid front end for a mobile or studio recording setup, letting you record MIDI and audio data, including sounds from the mic input. Theres even a dedicated DAW Control mode for controlling your music software from the JUNO-DS88s front panel. Its the fastest way to get your masterpiece finished and out there.
- Drum kits: Over 30
- Performances: 64
* GM2 compatible sounds are included.
- Drum kits: 8
- Performances: 128
- Favorites: 100
* The wave expansion slot is rewritable internal waveform memory.You can download data from the Axial sound library site and write it via a USB flash drive into the JUNO-DS'sinternal wave memory (slot).
- Chorus: 3 types
- Reverb: 5 types
- Mic input reverb: 8 types
Control knob x 4
Level slider x 4
Multicolor pad x 8
MIC INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
EXT INPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
PHONES jack: stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT)
USB MEMORY port
USB COMPUTER port (supports USB MIDI/AUDIO)
DC IN jack
* Battery life for continuous use(differs depending on the conditions of use) Rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries: approximately 5 hours (when using batteries having a capacity of 1900 mAh) (approximately 4 hours if USB flash drive is connected)
* Carbon-zinc or alkaline batteries cannot be used.
Leaflet USING THE UNIT SAFELY
Pedal switch: DP series
Expression pedal: EV-5
USB flash memory (*2)
*1 When using the KS-18Z, ensure that the height of the unit is one meter or lower.
*2 Use USB Flash Memory (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Flash Memory) sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.
35lbs. 12 oz.