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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Jerry M. a hobbyist user from Minneapolis, MN US writes:
Every time I sit down and play this keyboard...when I'm done and I walk away from it...I'm stunned. Thanks Roland!!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-31-2005 at 09:57
TZ a hobbyist user from Sydney writes:
This was the first Synth I bought and looking back, It was just not meant for what I wanted to do with it. I was new to synthesis and I bought something cheap, What I ended up with was this novie level Rompler which I quickly realised did not fit my needs or help me at all, I was making Industrial Music. I then went and got an MS2000, which I still adore. But I am quite harsh on the thing, it has a few nice tones, though alot of them are a bit gross. The piano is great, and that is why I am keeping the thing, With a few FX thrown in externally and a good recording setup you can make that piano sound pretty cool, but apart from that it's a little useless for me. The pad section on this thing has some nice patches, but you'll find alot of them are totally weak in comparison to anything else. As I said before, you'll be relying on external effects if you are foolish enough to buy this thing for Industrial. Editing is very shallow, but the interface is quite nice. I don't like the PC program much, it's too much show and not enough go.

Pros: Simple Interface, Good Keys, Performance mode is great, Pad sounds have potential to be nice, Piano owns.

Cons: Weak, Bad sound, sounds very washed out and shallow. No potential for any leads or hard bass, ( true ), Editing is very shallow, PC program sucks hard.

Overall: It'd be a good keyboard for mucking around on if I wasn't such a rivet-head, yet looking back, I cannot justify the money I spent on it. If you are looking for a first synth, go the MICRON or MicroKORG instead.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-29-2005 at 22:09
Rob a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The juno D is perfect for band performance and studio use, Its just so powerful for its size! If you are a first time synth programer this has your name on it. Its layout is very good, on your right there are 5 knobs and a few buttons for destination tone.On your left there is a D beam controller, mode buttons and a editing section. All the voices (instroments) are catergrised into 9 sections and most buttons lignt up when they are activated.Mine was posted on the 9th August 2005.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-15-2005 at 06:50
Alex a professional user from Russia writes:
Prettiest lightest synth I've ever seen. For live rock performance it's the best keybs on market now, in my opinion. Piano sounds are rather artifical, but nice anyway. X5D, RS5 ans S03 sucks!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-01-2005 at 22:47
Vladimir Djedovic a professional user from Serbia & Montenegro writes:
I think this key is fine. Not perfect, but OK. I was searching for secondary keyboard which would be compatible and light, so I dunno if it can go bellow 5 kg :) When I put it on stand for the first time, I hade a feeling that I was holding some Yamaha PSR kid model :)

However, the Sound Editor that you get with the keyboard is a great stuff and helps a lot with programing so you won't need to stare at that organge screen.

...the sound levels... I can't believe that they were so careless about that. Even factory presets aren't balanced! And I'm affraid that if I balance all of my sounds to be at least equal that I will have a low output for a live performances :(

...performance mode... Lemme quote Rolands editor: "Playing more than one sound simultaneously (Performance Mode)" and can someone explain me what to do with their non-writable patches? :)

I don't know what did they think of when they put 32 PERFORMANCE patches which aren't real-combined (each of 16 patches in PERFORMANCE patch has each own MIDI channel so if you choose to play live, you will hear just one patch) and put them and PATCH read-only?!?

If you try to connect those midi channels, you'll have to put it in some user space. And guess what - you have 8 user PERFORMANCE patches! Wow, that's "a lot". So, what am I supposed to do with that 32 which don't suit me? :)

In my opinion, they should leave all 40 patches in performance mode to be USER. But that's not a problem because you can edit a lot in patch mode with single sounds.

...patch mode... Talking about patch mode, they got very good with this, 128 patches of free space for PATCH mode so you do have a space.

That thing reminded me why I hate new Roland products :)

And I must say that they were "very kind" so I can make 8 arpegio/phrase sets and 2 rhythm sets :) Blessed be Roland :)

...overall... Anyway, it ain't bad keyboard, but it also ain't for a beginner with no knowledge in making patches or for a guy with one keyboard only. My point is that it might sound 6/10 if you use only factory preset. However, it completed me where I expected. It takes a lot of work if you wanna make it to sound impressive. I'm still tweakin' about some good strings and choirs since the patches aren't that good. Talking about leads, it does have possibility to make a good one.

If you are searching for a low-budget secondary keyboard I think this might finish your work :) When we talk about price I think that's a main reason why I'm giving this key 4/5 although it deserves 3 :)

Roland, fine work, could've been better :P

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-11-2005 at 19:56
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