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Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:42 pm
by CuBulo
I am looking for a synth under 600$ with a full size keyboard and powerful sounds. I think the juno-d is all of that. Is it good? Please tell me the pros and cons.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:01 pm
by meatballfulton
This should be moved to Buyer's Guide.

As a first synthesizer, the Juno-D is a safe choice. Make sure you also look at the Korg X-50 which is about the same price and might be more to your liking.

As far as pros and cons, both keyboards are designed to cover all the bases from emulating acoustic instruments (piano, organ, drums, etc.) to purely synthetic sounds. Players who want just synth noises or just acoustic emulations might prefer something different.

Please do a search on "Juno" and "X50" for more information.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:04 pm
by Analogue Crazy
The Juno-D is pretty good, definatly a good all-rounder. I use them occasionally at college when i can't move the Famtom X8.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:07 pm
by CuBulo
Ill look into the korg one also. But just letting you know that this isnt my first synth.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:24 pm
by ryryoftokyo
the Juno D sounds great. Very thick (for a digital) and has great filters (again, for a digital).

The one thing that took me by surprise, was that when I compared it to a Juno G at a Guitar Center, I found myself wondering how the G costs a few hundred more than the D.

As far as the X-50 by Korg....Oddly enough, I tried one of those out that day too. I was impressed with the quality of sounds. I never really expect much from anything that is "Triton-derived".

It has a neat shape too.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:12 pm
by Bitexion
Have you played a Triton or just go by the "general c**p talk" you've read elsewhere? They're actually very good synths, which is why they became such a staple synth with band musicians. And, I guess, why everyone hear the presets everywhere. The DX7 curse.

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:41 am
by ryryoftokyo
Bitexion wrote:Have you played a Triton or just go by the "general c**p talk" you've read elsewhere? They're actually very good synths, which is why they became such a staple synth with band musicians. And, I guess, why everyone hear the presets everywhere. The DX7 curse.
not only have I played one, I've owned one. :)

Re: Juno-D, is it good?

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:14 am
by Johnny Lenin
Another nod for the Juno-D. It's a surprisingly good bread-and-butter keyboard, with quite useable sounds and a better-designed interface than you might expect from the 2-line, 20-character display. With so little display real-estate, Roland had to move a lot of functionality to the front panel. It's quite easy to navigate around.

The Juno-G is a different kettle of fish. It's basically a scaled-down Fantom with a monochrome display. The acoustic patches are noticeably more realistic [The D's pianos and organs are quite good, mind you, but the G's are noticeably better when recording, though I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference in a club gig]. It also features twice the polyphony, a 16-track sequecer, 4-track audio recording and sampling, USB, expandable memory and support for Roland's SRX cards. That's probably what justifies the $300 premium on price.

I've used both -- I had a Juno-D and have a Juno-G -- and unless you really need the sequencing and sampling, I think the D would serve your purposes very well. In fact, the only reason why I have the G [it overlaps about 90% with my Fantom, so I don't REALLY need it] is that I got a crazy ridiculous great deal on a barely-used one. One of those offers you can't refuse. The short keyboard -- the keys are not standard size -- are a bit weird, but the Juno-D doesn't have that problem.