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Hi to one and all, I promised an update on my final decision on my next board purchase.
As you can see by the title of this thread, I decided on the Roland DS 76. I have not yet heard a bad word for the new Juno, only good and just how versatile they are for band work. The other deciding factors were 76 keys. 61 keys would limit certain things and although 88 would be nice, it is considerably heavier and a little on the long side for my car. The final decider was the online purchase I have made
For a "nearly new one" at around half the retail price !
All I have to do now is tweak it to my liking and save settings etc ready for the gigs. At least I'll have a full array when I get going as I'll be using the Roland VR-09 for my top board and the Juno DS76 for the lower for pianos etc.
All suggestions and advice and tips from current DS users will be gratefully appreciated.
Happy Music to all !
 
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Hi Gary, thanks for that I'll have a browse on axial. It was very disappointing for the VR-09 though as they don't seem to have bothered at all with any aftermarket support with that one. I know it's a lot better for the Juno so let's hope we'll have some enjoyment with that.
 

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Believe me, I love my DS88 and have no major complaints about it.

There's some really nice sounds in the expansion packs.

The only things are:

1) You can't mix and match sounds from different expansion packs.

2) You can't record the MIDI out of the Step Sequencer into a DAW. The sequencer does not output MIDI messages. This would be fixable by a firmware update if Roland ever decides to do one. But this is really my only disappointment with the Juno DS. Even so, there are workarounds for this.

Gary ;)
 
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Ok Gary thanks for that info. I don't intend to do anything too technical with the 76, it's purely for band work, so as long as I can save some order of sounds in conjunction with my set lists it'll be fine. I believe it's not dissimilar to the VR-09 on that score, in fact more of the same with a longer row of memory buttons unlike the 4's into 100
On the VR. I'm looking forward to some of the sounds that can be created by layering and then of course there is the super layer. My only doubt is the quality of the keybed as it won't be anything like your 88 !
Cheers for now Colin.
PS. Board arrives on Thursday;)
 

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I owned a DS61 before the I managed to trade it plus some cash for the 88.

If the keyboard on the 76 is anything like the 61 it is a decent, synth style set of keys with an acceptably quick action.

I haven't played around too much with the superlayers as I find simple layers of two voices to be adequate for most things.

Off the top of my head I can't remember if polyphony is 128 or 256 so be careful if you go overboard with layers as the notes pile up.

Then again I haven't noticed any dropouts while playing along with the step sequencer.

Gary ;)
 
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Cheers Gary, I have got used to the VR-09 keybed but it leaves a little to be desired. Hopefully the 76 won't be any worse.
 
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Just a quick question Gary, Do you know if my Yamaha FC7 pedal is compatable with the DS or is it reverse polarity.
If so I have a converter.
 

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It should be compatible.

Roland and Yamaha both use the opposite of the industry standard in polarity.

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Hi Gary, thanks for that I'll have a browse on axial. It was very disappointing for the VR-09 though as they don't seem to have bothered at all with any aftermarket support with that one. I know it's a lot better for the Juno so let's hope we'll have some enjoyment with that.
The Juno was designed with extra memory for the purpose of holding expansions and custom samples. The VR-09 was not, there's no way to add sounds to it that aren't merely alternate settings for what's already in it. You can't add new wave data.
 

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