The JUNO-DS has become a very popular instrument for its huge palette of great sounds and simple design.
In this article, we’ll show you some key features of the Roland JUNO-DS, including inspirational sounds when writing songs, easy to use features to record your ideas as well as be the ideal tool to take your new music to a live performance.
When you’re writing a song, you either have a lyric idea or a concept for a song and start to put pen to paper or sing into your smart phone and record your ideas. If you play a keyboard you can speed up the song writing process and musical ideas can come a lot quicker.
If you’re playing sounds that are inspiring, even if it’s just chords, your memory of other songs can trigger a creative state of subliminal writing. You start jamming with your instrument and come up with some cool riffs, chords or beats that will inspire you for the song and its lyrics. You start to riff on a melody with some words and before you know it, you’re coming up with your own song.
Contributed by Mark Watson for Roland Corporation Australia
Using Phrase Pad to trigger song ideas
The JUNO-DS phrase pads make it super easy to select the different “tracks” that you have set up with the sounds you want. Then you can easily move around to select, mute or solo each of the sounds as you can see in this video. This makes it really conducive to coming up with more ideas for your song. By bringing sounds in and out this way, your mind starts to be triggered creatively and new musical ideas will automatically come to you.
The sequencer buttons for recording and playback are also here including pattern length, tempo and mixer. You can put down ideas for verses and choruses of your song with the very easy to use 8 track pattern sequencer including drum and bass grooves. This is a great way to quickly capturing your ideas.
Finding sounds that inspire you.
Lots of sounds, for different styles of music
And depending on what style of music you’re into, the JUNO-DS has access to even more sounds that you can download from axial.roland.com
Here you’ll find everything from EDM and Hip-Hop loops, rich Orchestral sounds or even a wider choice of studio sounds to give you inspiration.
Click here to see the wide range of additional sounds you can get for the JUNO-DS, for free!
Play more than one sound at a time!
Taking your songs to the stage
Get creative with the Mic Input
See your set list
Add backing vocals and extra sounds
Make samples of extra harmonies and trigger them for a big vocal sound in the chorus of your song using the pads. Also, if your song has a complex intro with lots of parts, you can either trigger a sequence from the built in sequencer or again, play a sample back from your USB.
You could even have a sample playback of an ethereal drone and layers of pre-recorded sounds as an intro piece to your first song of your performance. A great way to create anticipation at the beginning of your concert.