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July 23, 2004
New from Roland at Summer NAMM is the Juno-D -- a competitively priced and full-featured synthesizer. Hundreds of sounds are packed into the Juno-D's jet-black metal chassis, along with an array of expressive multi-effects, realtime performance controllers, and tools for groove creation and composition.
The Juno-D is easy to use, so players can take their minds off the technical details and focus on playing. Simple, direct-access buttons on the front panel provide instant access to the Juno-D's 640 sounds and 20 rhythm sets. Sounds can be layered and split across the keyboard for performance and sequencing applications, and, for those who want to dig deeper into the Juno-D's sounds via computer, a Mac/PC editor is included for free.
A host of convenient, performance-oriented features are built into the Juno-D, including a powerful phrase/arpeggio generator and Multi Chord memory function, which lets you play a chord by touching a single key. You can assign all 12 notes in an octave to play different chords, and then save them as a set. A Rhythm Guide metronome with real drum sounds is also built in; preset patternsand variations are provided.
Performers will appreciate the feel of the Juno-D's newly improved 61-note, velocity-sensitive keyboard. Bend, twist, and manipulate your sounds in real time with the D Beam controller, pitch/modulation lever, and five front-panel control knobs. For additional control, plug in pedal- and/or footswitches such as Roland's DP-2, DP-8, or BOSS FS-5U, or the popular Roland EV-5 Expression pedal.
For more information, visit their web site at www.rolandus.com