Roland JUNO-DS61

61-Key Synthesizer/Arranger


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  • Lightweight, gig-ready instrument with pro sounds, enhanced performance features, and battery-powered operation
  • 61-note velocity-sensitive keyboard with synth action
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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)
  • Effects:
    • 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
  • Controllers:
    • 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)
  • Connectors:
    • PEDAL HOLD jack
    • PEDAL CONTROL jack
    • 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)
    • USB MEMORY port
    • USB COMPUTER port (supports USB MIDI/AUDIO)
    • 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)

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