Roland JUNO-DS88 Digital Synthesizer Workstation

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It may seem unusual to some to describe an 88-key keyboard as portable, but the Roland Juno-DS88 is exactly that.

It is a reasonably portable keyboard that can run on batteries, while having a wide keybed with 88 velocity sensitive and hammer action keys.

Like its smaller 61-key sibling, this synth relies on digital processing, which allows for a wide variety of sound options and extensive control over them.

In addition to sound synthesis, it can play samples via its 88 keys, or through its 8 pads. It also lets you plug-in a mic and apply vocoder, reverb and auto pitch effects.

To it wrap all up, Roland equipped this synth with an 8-track pattern sequencer and built-in recording functionality.

If you’re looking for an 88-key synth with impressive bells and whistles, be sure to check out the Roland Juno-DS88.

Tech Specs

  • Polyphony: Polyphonic
  • Keys: 88 Weighted-action, Roland Ivory Feel-G Keyboard
  • Oscillator: Digital
  • Filter: Digital
  • Envelope: Digital
  • LFO: Digital
  • Effects: 3x Mulit-effects, 3 x Chorus, 5 x Reverbs, 8 x Mic Reverbs and Vocoder
  • Additional Controllers: Pitchbend/Modulation Lever
  • Step Sequencer: 8-track
  • Audio Input: 1 x 1/4″ (mic), 1 x 1/8″ (aux)
  • Audio Ouput: 2 x 1/4″ (L/R), 1 x 1/4″ (headphones)
  • Other Connectivity: USB (Type A), USB (Type B)
  • Power: DC 9V adapter, 8 x AA batteries
  • Dimensions: 5.68″ x 55.75″ x 13.43″
  • Weight: 35 lbs.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Synthesizer Keyboards.