Roland JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer

Roland JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer

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Roland’s classic JUNO series synths have been a keyboard staple of the rock, jazz and electronic music worlds for decades, and they’re especially well-known for their great vintage sounds, instant-access design, ease of use and exceptional value. Roland recently updated their JUNO line of workhorse synthesizers with powerful enhancements while keeping operation streamlined and simple for gigging/bar bands to working professionals with bigger setups. These versatile, intuitive, and highly mobile synthesizers are lightweight and easy to carry, and are thus made for creative musicians on the go.

Roland’s JUNO-DS61 also features nonstop operation, which enhances the creative flow, and allows for quick development of full arrangements. The sequencer is also convenient for supporting live performances with pre-made backing music or on-the-fly looping. Despite its impressive onboard sound set, it's even possible to load in WAV files from your personal library and play them from the keyboard, and the unit comes with an all-star rock/pop EXP-06 Studio Collection sound bank.

Enhanced editing controls are another highlight of this model, letting players dig in and customize with more adjustable parameters than ever before, allowing them to tweak patches and performances with detailed precision. Furthermore, 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.

If you’re 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 “stepped” 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.

This synthesizer works great for computer music production, as well, and its portability and versatility lend themselves nicely to teaching labs or other music education environments. 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 DAW Control mode, for controlling your music software from the synth's front panel.

Both the –DS61 and –DS88 models can run on batteries or with an AC power supply.

Roland JUNO-DS61 Includes:
Owner's manual
AC adapter
Power cord
Roland JUNO-DS61 Features:
Lightweight, gig-ready instrument with pro sounds, enhanced performance features, and battery-powered operation
61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with synth action
Includes all the sounds from the popular JUNO-Di, plus newly updated acoustic and electric pianos, additional organs, and other stage essentials
Wave expansion slot enables users to download new sound waveforms, available for free at Roland’s Axial website
Sample import function for playing user WAV files on the JUNO-DS61’s keyboard
Easy sound manipulation and editing with hands-on knobs and sliders
Eight Phrase Pads for triggering samples and audio songs stored on USB memory
Mic input and dedicated Reverb, Vocoder, and AutoPitch effects for impressive vocal performances
Intuitive eight-track pattern sequencer with non-stop recording for quickly developing song ideas
USB audio/MIDI and DAW Control mode
Roland JUNO-DS61 Specifications:
Keyboard: 61 keys (with velocity)
Sound Generator
Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices
Parts: 16 parts
Preset Memory:
Patches: Over 1200
Drum kits: Over 30
Performances: 64
GM2 compatible sounds are included
User Memory:
Patches: 256
Drum kits: 8
Performances: 128
Favorites: 100
Wave Expansion Slots: 1 slot
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's internal wave memory (slot).
Sample Import Function
Audio File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits)
Multi-effects: 3 systems, 80 types
Chorus: 3 types
Reverb: 5 types
Mic input reverb: 8 types
Audio File Player Section
Audio File Formats: WAV, AIFF, MP3
Rhythm Pattern
Presets: 30 groups x 8
Presets: 128
Pitch bend/Modulation lever
Control knob x 4
Level slider x 4
Multicolor pad x 8
Display: Graphic LCD 256 x 80 dots
External Storage Device: USB flash drive (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash memory)
MIC INPUT jack: 1/4" phone type
EXT INPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type
OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4" phone type
PHONES jack: stereo 1/4" phone type
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT)
DC IN jack
Power Supply:
DC 9 V: AC adaptor or rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) (sold separately) x
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
Current Draw: 600 mA
Options (Sold Separately)
Keyboard stand (*1): KS-18Z, KS-12
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.
Size and Weight
Dimensions (WxDxH): 39-11/16" x 11-13/16" x 3-7/8" (1,008 x 300 x 97 mm)
Weight (excluding AC adapter): 11 lbs. 12 oz. (5.3 kg)