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Roland introduced the JUNO-X, a polyphonic synthesizer that “reinvents the vintage JUNO experience” with an expanded palette of sound design possibilities.
The classic Roland synthesizer makes a welcome return with the JUNO-X.
The Roland JUNO-X incorporates both the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106 sound engines. Additionally, it also features an all-new JUNO-X sound engine with a Super Saw waveform; speed sensitivity; a pitch envelope, and much more. The synthesizer features a 61-note keyboard with channel aftertouch – all seated neatly in an interface inspired by the original 1980s models. Plus, built-in stereo speakers allow for easy monitoring, and Bluetooth support enables streaming audio from mobile devices.
Additionally, we can layer a total of four tones together. We can mix them with a variety of modern effects, including two chorus modes from previous JUNO synths. However, JUNO-X has a third chorus mode with more “fat and swirl” as described by Roland. Moreover, we can combine them all together and create a total of seven chorus effects!
Keen Roland fans can rejoice. JUNO-X includes models of the PCM-based acoustic pianos JUNO-60, JUNO-106, XV-5080, RD series, plus an expressive Vocoder! In addition, JUNO-X supports software extensions 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, listen to, and load Model Expansion tracks and other Pro subscription content directly to the JUNO-X via Wi-Fi. And Roland says they also offer ten free sound packs with the purchase of a JUNO-X!
Finally, the JUNO-X has balanced and unbalanced audio outputs with XLR 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 that allows us to enter vocals and use vocal performances or use the built-in Vocoder. And a quarter-inch headphone jack output is also available. Finally, a USB Type-A socket allows us to save 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 US in May for $1999.99 while UK pricing has yet to be announced. Learn more about the JUNO-X synth on the Roland website.