Roland reveal the JUNO-X polysynth
28.04.2022

Roland reveal the JUNO-X polysynth

Words by Eli Duxson

The legendary JUNO experience reimagined with the power of Roland’s ZEN-Core engine

The legendary JUNO returns with the JUNO-X, a new polyphonic synthesiser stacked with the next-generation ZEN-Core Synthesis System, and a bunch of familiar and new features.

What you need to know:

  • The legendary JUNO returns with the JUNO-X, a new polyphonic synthesiser.
  • The 61-note keyboard with channel aftertouch features the vintage spirit of JUNOs of the past with modern appointments.
  • Returning models from Roland’s beloved canon include the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106.

Read all the latest product news here.

The 61-note keyboard with channel aftertouch features the vintage spirit of JUNOs of the past with modern appointments such as two chorus modes from the original and a third with “even more fatness and swirl”. Users can combine them to create seven different chorus effects for use with any JUNO-X tone.

Tone layering is available with up to four tones, plus a wide selection of effects for enhancing sounds. First introduced with JUPITER-X, the I-Arpeggio function offers both traditional arpeggio sounds and organic movement driven by algorithms.

Returning models from Roland’s beloved canon include the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106, as well as the PCM-based XV-5080, acoustic pianos from the RD series, and an expressive Vocoder. Model Expansions from Roland Cloud are supported as well, giving players the ability to load optional titles such as the JUPITER-8, JD-800, SH-101, Vocal Designer, and others.

Balanced and unbalanced audio outputs, a stereo audio input, and MIDI I/O kickstarts the connectivity of the JUNO-X, while there’s also a mic input for vocal performing or feeding the onboard Vocoder.

There is USB available for data backup, audio/MIDI communication with DAWs, and remote editing with the free JUNO-X Editor for macOS and Windows. A high-quality stereo speaker system provides built-in sound monitoring, and Bluetooth is available for streaming music from a mobile device.

“Standing among the greatest analog synthesisers ever created, Roland’s iconic JUNO lineup has had a massive impact on music for over four decades,” a press release said. 

“The warm, organic sounds of the JUNO-60 and JUNO-106 defined countless ’80s pop hits and played a huge role in the emergence of techno, house, synthwave, and other electronic styles. 

“JUNO-X delivers the vintage JUNO spirit that continues to inspire leading music makers, coupled with the power and versatility needed for modern workflows.”

Head to Roland Australia for more information or local enquiries.