LIMS08: Roland Synth Designed For Live Performance

The Juno-Stage makes its debut      12/06/08
LIMS08: Roland Synth Designed For Live Performance


Roland tell us that the new Juno-Stage, launched at LIMS, is designed from the ground up for live performers. They say that it is a new breed of synthesizer that every gigging keyboardist will love. Decked out with an extra-large display, USB backing-track functionality, a Click output for drummers, dedicated performance knobs, hands-free patch select, instant master MIDI control functionality, and much more, Roland believe that the Juno-Stage sets a new standard for powerful on-stage performance at a friendly price.
Here’s all the details in Roland’s own words…
Features
  • High-quality, versatile sound set, including 88-key stereo multi-sampled piano plus dual SRX expansion bay
  • Newly developed 76-note keyboard with first-class touch and response
  • Live-performance features such as an extra-large LCD, dedicated Reverb and Master EQ knobs, Click Output for drummers, and hands-free patch-select footswitches
  • USB port enables accompaniment-track playback (MP3, WAV, AIFF, SMF) directly from USB key
  • Phantom powered mic input plus reverb, great for playing and singing along
  • MIDI Controller mode transforms JUNO-STAGE into a MIDI master keyboard with a single touch

Versatile, Expandable Sound Set
Carefully crafted for the stage, JUNO-STAGE’s factory patch set covers a wide range of essential sounds, including the flagship 88-key stereo multi-sampled piano. Every JUNO-STAGE can also be expanded and customised via two Roland SRX Wave Expansion Boards (sold separately).
Instant Access to Sounds
On-stage, you need quick and effortless access to your patches. JUNO-STAGE is equipped with FAVOURITE buttons for instant access to banks of your most-needed sounds. Best of all, you can also recall your patches via a dual footswitch* connected to a dedicated Patch Select jack, so you never have to take your hands off the keyboard.
*Connect an optional FS-6 dual footswitch to scroll up or down through patches and performances.
Live-Performance Control
Roland optimised JUNO-STAGE’s controllers for live performance, featuring easy-to-grab knobs for instant Master EQ and Reverb control. Located above the pitch bender, two assignable switches can be used for rotary organ effects, portamento on/off, and more.
Backing Tracks Via USB
JUNO-STAGE is equipped with a USB port and Song Player function that enables direct playback and control of backing tracks from a USB key. You can play MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files, and even use the Centre Cancel feature to minimise pre-recorded vocals of audio data for karaoke-style performance.
Creating and editing audio Playlists is simple with the supplied Playlist Editor software for PC; the playlist can be viewed on JUNO-STAGE's display.
Instant Master MIDI Control
The fast and friendly MIDI Controller mode, complete with dedicated buttons, transforms JUNO-STAGE into a MIDI master keyboard. In this mode, JUNO-STAGE allows program and control changes to be sent with a single touch. For computer-based track making. Cakewalk's SONAR LE software for PC is bundled.
Stage-Friendly Bonus Features
JUNO-STAGE is packed with great features for live performance, such as an XLR mic input with phantom power (ideal vocal sing-along performance or driving the built-in vocoder), Click Output (for sending an audible click track to bandmates onstage), and an external input for a portable audio player.
Pricing and Availability:
Available August 2008 More information:
  • www.roland.com

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