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Roland JUNO DS-61 Synthesizer Keyboard, 61-Key

Roland JUNO DS-61 Synthesizer Keyboard, 61-Key

This under-12-pound synth gives you 61 keys and fast access to 1500+ patches, including the JUNO-Di soundset. Add your own samples on a USB stick!

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Submitted November 14, 2015 by Bill Sykes in Manchester, NH
"Roland juno ds-61"
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Roland has a real winner here. I had the juno di which was good but the juno ds is a better improvement. The controls are on the left side which I like better. the pads button are nice. they included more new organs which sound excellent. and there is a few more added sounds which also sound excellent.also you can get the EXP1+2 and so on from the roland website to download for more great sounds. it's also lighter than the di. the 8 track sequencer is easy to use. and you also have a vocoder which allows you to select different waveforms to vocode. well worth $700
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Submitted November 6, 2015 by William Blanchard in Phoenix, NY
"Well worth the price!"
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I've been a fan of the Roland Juno line for many years now. I've owned three Juno boards and I still have my 1982 Juno-60 in perfect working condition. I pre-ordered this board from Zzounds sight unseen (literally) just based on my prior experiences with the Juno line of keyboards. When I ordered the Juno DS there really wasn't much out there in YouTube land to look at or listen to as far as demos go so I took a chance. I'm happy of the choice I made taking that chance. This board does not disappoint. At the time of writing this review I've only had the board less than 24 hours (two days earlier than predicted by Zzounds - Yay Zzounds!!!) but I am pretty impressed with what I see it can do so far.
Sound
Fantastic sounds on this board, especially the organs. I mean really WOW on the organs, they are fantastic! This board has some really nice vintage sounds on it as well. Decent clavs and 'moogish' sounding leads make it a lot of fun to play. Roland already has 3 new sound packs that you download (for free) for this board as well.
Features
I plugged a microphone into it last night at band practice and I have to say that the built in reverb/delay for the mix through vocals is quite nice. I only played with the vocoder feature for a short time but it sounded pretty awesome. My band mates were super impressed with that. I LOVE the usb stick memory feature. So much easier than saving to tape like on my Juno-60. :p
Ease of Use
I don't anticipate having to tweak this board much. There are a boatload of very useful sounds in this thing. The 'Favorites' feature will definitely come in handy, I just have to get used to using that part. Moving from one sound directly to another intended sound should be easier once I master that. Editing can be as expected for a non-touch screen keyboard. It's a lot like programming the Korg Triton-Le; a lot of cursor moves here and there but you can get the job done. I have yet to work with USB/PC sound editor yet. I downloaded it and installed it but haven't fired it up yet.
Quality
It is built quite well which is very surprising for being such a lightweight keyboard (only 11 lbs.). The sliders and faders are really good quality and don't feel cheap. The only downside is the key bed. It feels like the keys are a tad bit 'shorter' than most and they have a shorter depth of 'key press' but in some odd way it 'feels' okay with most of the sounds.
Value
WELL worth the value. This board is great for live performances and it would be very useful in the studio as well. The USB out also allows to be a DAW controller which you can specify your DAW software in the utilities section of the board (very nice).
Manufacturer Support
I have dealt with Roland support many years ago with my old D-20 and they were decent back then. I just hope I don't really have to find out how good or bad they are now.
The Wow Factor
WOW on the earlier than expected delivery and awesome service from Zzounds (my wife is becoming increasingly suspicious of my love for Zzounds as each day passes). Wow on the organ patches! And a big WOW on how cool this keyboard looks! The touch pads light up and you can even change the default colors on them in the settings. This thing looks pretty cool in a dim room so I imagine it will look awesome on stage as well.
Musical Background:
Professional musician/recording artist
Musical Style:
All styles
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Submitted July 18, 2019 by Damon Siegiel in Pelzer, SC
"Juno DS a New Classic!"
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Sent back the FA a while back. The learning curve was easy just didn't feel like the money was there. The supernatural sounds were amazing "but" not a ton of them to my liking.Anyway on to the "Juno" which I had been eyeballing but didn't pull the trigger because I thought how good could it be? WOW!!! It does so many things and you can really customize this board in 3 ways to your personal needs and preferences.Plus it has little bonuses here and there. The sampler/ The Wave sound import / The vocoder. The pads banks and favorites. If you know what your doing you can easily arranger a small set to perform! I'm only scratching the surface if you menu dive holy crap! Just know for the money this is it! Anyone sayin well it's only 700$ it's just a toy is a fool. This board comes with a plethora of sounds and more to download! HONESTLY THOUGH THIS BOARD IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!BRAVO ROLAND!A NEW CLASSIC!THANK YOU SOUNDS FOR ALWAYS WORKING WITH ME!
Musical Background:
GRADUATE OF RECORDING INSTITUTE OF DETROIT DOING MUSIC 30+YEARS.
Musical Style:
SYNTH/ HIP HOP/ POP
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Submitted August 15, 2018 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Great keyboard for the price. "
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I’ve owned digital pianos, and the Roland Fa-06. This keyboard has great sounds and all you need to get by. Great for a more affordable option for local gigging. You can get great and totally satisfactory sounds from this keyboard, no problem. You do need to understand how to edit the the wavs or the details of the sound you’re using.
Musical Style:
Rock and pop
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Submitted August 25, 2017 by Daniel Kreyssig in Worcester, MA
"Awesome Keyboard, Awesome Service"
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Excellent Customer Service, Everyone I talked To Was Really Helpful, Fast Shipping. These People Really Took Care Of Me. I had to return a Keyboard and they Let me Return It Without Issues. I am Looking Forward To do a Lot Of Business With them In the Future.I would Recommend To anyone That wants Hassle Free Shopping.
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