Roland JUNO-X: 3 powerful synth engines in one
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Roland has introduced the JUNO-X, a polyphonic synthesizer that “reimagines the vintage JUNO experience” with an expanded pallette of sound design possibilities.
The classic Roland synthesizer makes a big, welcome, return with JUNO-X.
The Roland JUNO-X features both JUNO-60 and JUNO-106 sound engines. Additionally, it also features a brand new JUNO-X sound engine with a Super Saw waveform; velocity sensitivity; a pitch envelope, and much more. The synthesizer has a 61-note keyboard with channel aftertouch – all sitting neatly in an interface that’s inspired by the original 1980s models. Also, built-in stereo speakers allow for easy monitoring, and Bluetooth support allows for audio streaming from mobile devices.
Furthermore, we can layer a total of four tones together. We can blend them with a variety of modern effects, including two chorus modes from the previous JUNO synths. However, JUNO-X features a third chorus mode with more “fatness and swirl” as described by Roland. Moreover, we can combine all of them together and create a total of seven chorus effects!
Passionate Roland fans can rejoice. JUNO-X includes models from the JUNO-60, JUNO-106, PCM-based XV-5080, RD series acoustic pianos, in addition to an expressive Vocoder! Additionally, JUNO-X supports software expansions from Roland Cloud which gives us the ability to load optional titles such as the JUPITER-8, JD-800, SH-101, Vocal Designer, and more!
Roland Cloud subscribers can browse, audition, and load Model Expansion titles and other Pro membership content directly to the JUNO-X via Wi-Fi. And Roland state they’re making ten free Sound Packs available with a JUNO-X purchase too!
Finally, the JUNO-X features both balanced and unbalanced audio outputs with XLRs and quarter-inch jacks. A stereo audio input via a mini-jack, and MIDI In and Out. In addition, we can connect a microphone with the XLR/TRS combo which allows us to input vocals and use vocal performance or use the onboard Vocoder. And a headphone quarter-inch jack output is available too. Finally, a USB Type-A socket allows us to back up our data, with a Type-B socket for audio and MIDI communication with a computer!
The Roland JUNO-X polyphonic synthesizer will be available in the U.S. in May for $1999.99 while UK pricing is still to be announced. Find out more about the JUNO-X synth on the Roland site.