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Q.I understand that the SH-201 has been designed for an entry-level user. How does it differ from the JUNO-D, which is also positioned as a synthesizer for the entry-level user?

A.Both the SH-201 and the JUNO-D are compact, lightweight, and affordable synthesizers designed for the beginner, and both models include a D Beam controller. However, the synthesizer architecture of these two instruments is based on two different concepts. Rather than cram an excessive number of functions into a single model, Roland has chosen to divide a variety of synthesizer functionality into two models, the SH-201 and the JUNO-D.

Following is a comparison of the functionality of the SH-201 and the JUNO-D.

Differences in basic functionality

  • JUNO-D
    The JUNO-D is suitable for use as a general-purpose keyboard, offering a variety of high-quality sounds including acoustic instrument sounds. Its PCM-type sound generator realistically reproduces the sounds of common acoustic instruments such as acoustic piano, organ, strings, brass, and guitar. 640 built-in sounds cover a wide range of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, and classical, and you can easily recall these sounds at the touch of a button while you play. The sound generator is able to produce 64 notes simultaneously, so you won't run out of polyphony quickly, even when playing piano sounds with the damper pedal.

  • SH-201
    As opposed to recreating the sounds of acoustic instruments, the SH-201 is designed specifically for creating "synthesizer sounds." The purpose of this model is to allow even the beginner to enjoy the creative pleasure of making entirely new sounds, and to make learning sound synthesis easy and fun.

    Instead of a PCM-type sound generator for reproducing realistic acoustic instrument sounds (as found on the JUNO-D), the SH-201 features an "analog modeling sound generator" as its core sound source. Even a complete beginner can experience the sensation of sound creation simply by moving the SH-201's knobs and sliders, creating new sounds never heard before.

    The SH-201 also provides an input jack that lets you use the SH-201's controls to process sounds from an external audio source. For example, you can use this functionality to transform the music playback of a familiar CD or a sampler into an exciting realtime music performance, as heard in clubs and performances by DJ artists.

    With these features, the SH-201 is a great choice not only for the keyboardist, but also for the DJ artist who seeks new musical possibilities.

Differences when used with a computer

  • JUNO-D
    The JUNO-D can function as a 16-part multitimbral sound module. This means that, when used together with a MIDI sequencer, the JUNO-D can produce multi-part playback just like an orchestra or band. In this way, the JUNO-D can simultaneously play the sounds of sixteen different parts (including rhythm) all by itself.

    The JUNO-D also comes with editor software that allows you to use your computer to edit and arrange JUNO-D sounds via MIDI. (You must connect a MIDI interface to your computer to allow it to communicate with the JUNO-D.)
  • SH-201
    The SH-201 can be edited in depth when used in conjunction with your computer, allowing a great degree of control in creating new synthesizer sounds. When you connect the SH-201's USB connector to your computer's USB port (a single cable connection), you can simultaneously transfer both MIDI data and audio signals to and from your computer.

    In comparison to the JUNO-D Editor, the editor software included with the SH-201 has been enhanced to meet the sophisticated needs of even advanced synthesizer experts. Additionally, the SH-201 Editor allows you to perform full editing of the arpeggiator settings, and you can use the editor itself as a plug-in for commercially available DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software compatible with VSTi.

    Unlike the JUNO-D, the SH-201 cannot be used for multi-part playback from a sequencer.


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