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Roland JUNO-Gi 61-Key Mobile Synthesizer with Digital Recorder

Compose and capture your songs with the JUNO-Gi keyboard's 8-track digital recorder, over 1,300 sounds and reliable Roland construction. (30) Read 10 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Since its inception in 1982, Roland's JUNO series of compact, easy-to-use synthesizers has always delivered impressive sound at an affordable price. The Roland JUNO-Gi does justice to the JUNO name by adding 1,300 flexible sounds and professional effects processing derived from the Boss GT series. Best of all, the live-performance features you expect from a JUNO synth are now complemented by an on-board 8-track digital recorder, complete with guitar and microphone inputs. If you want your main gigging keyboard to double as a serious composition tool -- without sacrificing portability -- the JUNO-Gi takes the cake, while breaking the price barrier.

Easy-to-Navigate Sound Bank

Gigging musicians need to be able to navigate the JUNO-Gi fast. Roland's Tone Category buttons and value dial help you scan the vast library of 1,300 useful and current sounds. Just press the buttons for Rhythm, Piano, Keyboard/Organ, Bass, Guitar/Plucked, Strings/Orchestra, Brass/Wind, Vocal/Choir, Synth/Pad, or FX. There's also room to save up to 256 of your own custom sounds by stacking or splitting up to four tones in a "Live Set," with visual confirmation on the JUNO-Gi's large display. Save your ten go-to sounds, splits, or layers, then hit the Favorite button to access them quickly during a show.

Effects and Expression Controls

Let the guitarists of the world lug around their massive pedalboards -- the JUNO-Gi has all the effects processing you need right on board. From delay and dynamics to distortion and amp-simulation, 79 built-in multi-effects cover all the bases. Layer chorus, reverb, and any two multi-effects at a time, and twist the six analog-style control knobs in the Sound Modify section to adjust EQ, reverb mix, low-pass filter cutoff, and resonance on the fly. You can use two assignable buttons to bypass effects, turn layers on and off, and more. And since it's designed for live performance, the JUNO-Gi comes equipped with Roland's combination pitch bend/modulation lever, plus the show-stopping D-Beam controller, which senses your hand's proximity to control volume, vibrato, filter cutoff, and more. This board is all about tactile control of your sound.

Under 13 Pounds

Who wants to schlep a heavy workstation from gig to gig? At under 13 pounds, and only about 40 inches wide, the JUNO-Gi is an incredibly full-featured instrument that's also incredibly easy to move. Roland calls the JUNO-Gi a "mobile synthesizer," and it's not hard to see why: it can actually run on eight AA batteries for three hours. There's a battery-life indicator on the front panel. Grab an 1/4-inch instrument cable, a keyboard stand, and a battery-powered amp (like a Pignose or the Roland Mobile Cube), and you're good to go for a live street performance -- no power required.

A Songwriting Scratchpad

What really sets the JUNO-Gi apart from its little brother, the JUNO-Di, is its on-board digital audio recorder -- perfect for the songwriter who wants to capture ideas anytime the inspiration strikes. With the JUNO-Gi's extreme portability and battery-power, you can now track quickie demos in the hotel room after the gig! Record the JUNO-Gi's onboard sounds directly, or plug in any source: there's a phantom-powered XLR microphone input, a 1/4-inch Hi-Z input for a guitar or bass, a stereo line input, and even a USB port for digital audio from your computer. The JUNO-Gi can handle two tracks of simultaneous recording and eight tracks of playback, with a special ninth track reserved for built-in rhythm patterns. You can even insert any of the 79 multi-effects on your tracks, or apply global reverb, compression, limiting and EQ to the entire mix. Record up to 192 hours on a 32 GB SDHC card, then transfer your tracks and mixes to your computer via an SD card reader. The JUNO-Gi records 44.1 kHz/16-bit WAV files that you can import into any DAW, and it even comes bundled with Cakewalk Sonar LE to get you started right away.

Features:

- 1,300 useful sounds optimized for live performance
- 79 built-in multi-effects derived from the Boss GT series
- D-Beam controller and modulation/pitch bend lever
- Large LCD display, Tone Category buttons, and dedicated knobs for extreme ease of use
- Lightweight and compact - under 13 pounds
- 8-track digital recorder with instrument, microphone, and line inputs
- High-capacity SDHC card slot for hours of recording time
- Works as a standalone 44.1 kHz/24-bit USB audio interface with your computer

Power Supply: DC 9V (Included) or 8 Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (Not Included). Carbon-zinc batteries or alkaline batteries cannot be used.

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Power Supply:DC 9V (Included) or 8 Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (Not Included)*

*Carbon-zinc batteries or alkaline batteries cannot be used.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Product Description

Massive Soundbank + Multitrack Digital Recording + Computer Integration

In the JUNO tradition of great sound, compact design, easy operation and affordable price, the new Roland JUNO-Gi delivers. What propels this synth into another realm is the feature set: over 1,300 fresh sounds, an onboard eight-track digital recorder, and pro-effects created by Boss. Write, record, mix, master, and perform anywhere with the new Roland JUNO-Gi.

Features

- Over 1,300 high-quality sounds optimised for live performance
- Friendly operation with dedicated controls and large display
- Lightweight, compact body with battery compatibility
- 128-voice polyphony
- Intuitive user interface, including dedicated Tone Category buttons and large display
- Full-featured 8-track digital recorder onboard with Guitar/Mic/Line inputs
- Plug in a guitar and play/record with built-in pro guitar effects derived from the Boss GT series
- High-capacity SDHC card slot for data storage and direct play
- Complete mobility when used with a battery-powered PA or amp such as the Roland's BA-330 or KC-110

New sound bank

A new sound library has been created for the JUNO-Gi, with over 1,300 factory selections that cover a universe of instrument types and musical styles. Tone Category buttons help you scan the vast library and locate the perfect sound with ease and speed. New to the JUNO-Gi are Live Sets, which comprise up to four layered tones each -- create your own unique sounds by stacking and/or splitting tones and saving them together as a Live Set. Furthermore, a special Live Set section takes maximum advantage of the JUNO-Gi sound engine for the most advanced synth sounds.

Performance and portability

The JUNO-Gi has been designed with the performer in mind. It provides supreme mobility thanks to its lightweight body and battery-power compatibility (up to three hours of continuous operation with eight NiMH AA batteries), letting you experience the freedom of performance in any environment. Roland's battery-powered amps such as the BA-330 and KC-110 are perfect companions for the JUNO-Gi during street performances.

Performers will also appreciate the JUNO-Gi's friendly front panel, which is covered with hands-on controls, clearly marked and within easy reach. The large screen provides clear visibility and fast navigation, even at bright outdoor gigs.

Digital recording and FX

Pro-recording onboard! The JUNO-Gi's eight-track digital recorder with 64 virtual tracks provides a multi-track studio environment, with dedicated transport controls and mix faders. The recording media is a removable SD or SDHC card, with up to 192 hours of recording time possible when using a single 32GB SDHC card. Also supported is full import and export of track data with a computer. The same pro-performance effects found in the Boss GT-Series are built into the JUNO-Gi, as well as effects designed for vocal processing. Connect a guitar or microphone directly and apply these top-quality effects for instant CD-quality sound as you record.

USB MIDI and audio

The JUNO-Gi's multifunction USB port offers audio and MIDI functionality -- a one cable connection to your computer is all you need to stream audio and MIDI between your favourite music software. When you combine the JUNO-Gi with the bundled Cakewalk Sonar LE 8.5 software, you have a complete digital audio workstation package for your PC. In addition, the MIDI Controller Mode lets you operate the JUNO-Gi as a MIDI master keyboard for controlling external MIDI devices.

Power Supply:DC 9V (Included) or 8 Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries (Not Included)*

*Carbon-zinc batteries or alkaline batteries cannot be used.
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Overall: I bought this unit for composing music in the studio, and I've been very impressed with the versatility and potential of this key-synth. It interfaces seamlessly with my Alesis drumkit and my PC, with over a thousand onboard sounds, and ways of combining and altering them. This is an instrument that really gets the creative juices flowing! If there's a weakness at all it's in the percussion sounds area, but since I've got a kit and a PC to interface with, it's not a problem. It's strength is in the solid consistency of the sound patches, and the creative ways to alter them--it's pretty much endless. For the price, this unit exceeds my expectations.
Style of Music: Blues, soul, old school R&B when on tour. "New age" or "yoga groove" for composing.
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Sound: The number of live sets on this instrument will take forever to get familiar with. But the preview button will give you a good, brief feel of each tone offered. Needless to say, it'll be awhile before you run out of things to discover. Feature: The split/layer feature offers near endless tone customization. The D Beam makes for a much more unique experience. I was afraid my 2 tier keyboard stand would constantly set it off, however the D Beam sensitivity can be adjusted. Ease of Use: The keyboard is as complex as you are. If you are a beginner, it offers a very straightforward experience. But if you like to dig deeper for a more custom sound, it has plenty of advanced settings to modify. The 8 track recorder is solid, however editing recorded music isn't as smooth as it could be. Quality: I have no doubt that this keyboard will last me for quite a long time. As long as it is treated properly, it will hold up well. The keyboard arrived with no noticeable flaws or blemishes, and was packaged solidly. Value: For all the features this keyboard offers, it is an amazing value. But I would only recommend it if you can picture yourself using those features. If you don't think you'll ever use the 8-track recorder, for example, you might find a better value elsewhere. For my needs, it was everything I wanted at an amazing deal. Manufacturer Support: No service has been needed so far. The Wow Factor: The second I became familiar with the Roland JUNO series, I immediately knew I would have one someday. And when the new Gi model was announced, I had sleepless nights just thinking about owning it. It is literally a dream come true for me. Overall: This keyboard, treated responsibly, could last the rest of my life. It offers everything I need now, and for the foreseeable future. Rarely do I spend 4 figures on a single item. This is the only time I have absolutely no regrets.
Style of Music: Ambient
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