Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer

Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer

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A member of Roland's recently updated JUNO line of workhorse synthesizers, latest-generation JUNO-DS88 offers many enhancements over previous generations: improved sound and response for acoustic and electric piano sounds, additional organ sounds, Phrase pads, vocal effects and waveform expansion capability via USAB for unlimited tonal range. The unit’s piano sounds have a quality touch and playability that rivals Roland’s other, acclaimed digital pianos. Complete sound sets from other, similar synthesizers—such as the JUNO-Di—are also included, and patches from those keyboards are fully compatible with this model. This is the first model in the Juno series’ long history to feature weighted keys, employing Roland’s Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with progressive hammer action.

It also features nonstop operation, enhancing the creative flow, and enabling quick development of full arrangements. The sequencer is 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, plus this impressive unit comes supplied with an all-star rock/pop EXP-06 Studio Collection sound bank.

It includes enhanced editing controls—another highlight—which allows players to dig in and customize with more adjustable parameters than ever before, providing them with the ability to tweak patches and performances with detailed precision. Furthermore, its 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 happen to be a solo performer or singer/songwriter, you’re going to love the built-in mic input, which lets you get great vocal sounds with no need for additional gear to carry around. There’s a dedicated vocal reverb, plus Auto Pitch so you can sing with that “stepped” electronic vocal effect popular in today’s music. The onboard vocoder is big fun too, allowing you to sing into a mic and control the tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard.

It works great for computer music production as well, with its portability and versatility lending 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, enabling control over your music software from its front panel.

And it can be powered either using batteries or the AC power supply.

Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer Includes:
JUNO-DS88 unit
Owner's manual
AC adapter
Power cord
Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer Features:
88-note Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with weighted-action feel in a lightweight design that’s easy to transport
Gig-ready instrument with pro sounds, enhanced performance features, battery-powered operation, and intuitive operation
Instant access to essential pro-quality sounds for band performance, from acoustic and electric pianos, organs, synths and other stage favorites
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
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 Auto Pitch effects for impressive vocal performances
Intuitive 8-track pattern sequencer with non-stop recording for quickly developing song ideas
USB audio/MIDI and DAW Control mode
JUNO-DS librarian is available for managing the onboard sounds from your computer
Roland JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer Specifications:
Keyboard: 88 keys with weighted action
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
Arpeggio: Presets: 128
External Storage Device: USB flash drive (supports USB 2.0 Hi-Speed flash memory)
Connectors: PEDAL HOLD jack; PEDAL CONTROL jack; MIC INPUT jack: ¼" phone type; EXT INPUT jack: stereo miniature phone type; OUTPUT jacks (L/MONO, R): ¼" phone type; PHONES jack: stereo ¼" phone type; MIDI connectors (IN, OUT); USB MEMORY port; USB COMPUTER port (supports USB MIDI/AUDIO); DC IN jack
Power Supply: DC 9 V: AC adapter or rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) (sold separately) - Note: 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); Note: Carbon-zinc or alkaline batteries cannot be used; Current Draw: 600 mA
Dimensions (W x D x H): 55-3/4" x 13-7/16" x 5-11/16" (1,415 x 341 x 144mm)
Weight (excluding AC adapter): 35 lbs., 12 oz. (16.2 kg)