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LIMS 09: Roland launches the Juno-Di ( Mobile Synth!) and Boss FRV1

Published: Thu June 18, 2009  News Feed

 



Latest addition to synth line debuted alongside brand new reverb pedal

Roland has announced two new products at the London International Music Show – the Juno-Di mobile synthesizer and the Boss FRV-1, a recreation of the 1963 Fender Reverb.

The latest addition to the Juno Series is specifically designed for the musician on the go, providing a vast array of professional sounds in a lightweight (12 pounds), portable design for both the seasoned musician and beginner.

The 61-note synth-action Juno-Di boasts over 1,000 diverse customisable sounds to fit any style of music, including grand and electric pianos, modern synth sounds, lush strings, guitars, powerful brass, percussion, and banks of exotic instruments. Simple navigation with dedicated category buttons and the large LCD display ensures players can recall and perform their favourite sounds on the fly.

The Juno-Di offers an array of features for the live performe

It can process vocals live through its microphone input, built-in vocoder, and dedicated reverb. And with its USB memory port and song player function, the Juno-Di enables direct playback and control of MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF sound files with dedicated transport controls on the front panel.

Roland has also announced the Boss FRV-1. Boss and Fender USA have collaborated to create a recreation of the 1963 Fender Reverb, a staple sound of rockabilly, country, blues, surf rock and even grunge rock.

The FRV-1 recreates the classic spring-reverb sound of the 1963 Fender Reverb via patented COSM technology. Three classic controls for Dwell, Tone, and Mix allow players to refine their tone, adding buttery warmth or sparkling twang.

Both these new products are expected to be available this July.


Travel Light, Play Heavy
On stage or in the streets, the JUNO-Di is a travelling musician’s dream. It’s lightweight, it can run on batteries, and it’s easy to use, yet it performs and sounds like a heavyweight synth. It’s packed with a wide variety of top-quality sounds — over 1,000 to choose from! It has a friendly “direct access” control panel for easy editing and a Song Player for larger-than-life performances. First-timers and pros alike will love this friendly, portable, great-sounding synth.
  • Professional synthesizer with over 1,000 instruments onboard
  • Friendly, intuitive user interface
  • Battery operation for mobile use (supports Ni-MH AA-size rechargeable batteries)
  • MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF playback capability via optional USB memory — perfect for backing tracks when performing live
  • Microphone input with dedicated reverb and vocoder effects for sing-along
  • PC/Mac Editor software included
Over 1,000 Great Sounds!
At the heart of this exciting new synth is a top-of-the-line voice engine that delivers world-class sounds — including grand and electric pianos, lush strings, beautiful guitars, powerful brass, percussion, plus banks of exotic instruments, modern synth sounds, and much more. The sound-bank is so diverse, it can compliment any style of music! And if you want to customise the sounds, the dedicated “Sound Modify” knobs on the front panel let you instantly cater each sound to your specifications, even while you’re playing. A software editor is also provided if you prefer more advanced editing via PC.

Simple Navigation
With so many sounds onboard, it could be a daunting task to find what you need. But fear not — the JUNO-Di simplifies the process of finding sounds with its dedicated category buttons. If you want a piano, for example, just press the Piano button. You can even assign your most-used sounds to the Favourite buttons for instant access. Editing is easy too. If you want to create layers or splits, dedicated buttons and the large LCD make the process fast and friendly. And don’t forget the onboard rhythm patterns, which can be easily adjusted on the fly with a dedicated tempo control. It’s a great tool for practice and performance.

Let’s Go!
The JUNO-Di was born to travel. It’s strong yet amazingly lightweight (only 5.2kg) making it easy to lift and carry. The battery compatibility lets you play for up to five hours without plugging in (uses Ni-MH AA-size rechargeable batteries). When used in conjunction with a battery-powered amp such as Roland’s famous CUBE Street or MOBILE CUBE, the JUNO-Di can be played and heard anywhere. A battery-life indicator on the front panel ensures that you won’t lose power unexpectedly.

Sing Along!
More than meets the eye, the JUNO-Di lets you plug a microphone into its external input and process your voice through the built-in vocoder. A dedicated reverb is assigned to the input, so you can add lush ambience to your voice without taking away from the main onboard effects. Sing along with your performances and transform your voice in colourful and creative ways, from silky smooth to sci-fi robotic.

Built-In Song Player
With its USB MEMORY port and Song Player function, the JUNO-Di enables direct playback and control of backing tracks from a USB key. You can play MP3, WAV, AIFF, and SMF files, and control them from the dedicated buttons on the front panel. Impress your audiences with full-band performances from a single keyboard! Additionally, the Centre Cancel feature lets you sing along karaoke-style with audio files in the Song Player for a complete entertainment experience. You can also connect MP3 players directly to the JUNO-Di through its external input.
 
 
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