Hardware midi controller for JUNO DS

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Hardware midi controller for JUNO DS

Postby Tothead » 16:06, 14 March 2017

Anyone knows if it is possible to use an externeal midi controller (without a computer) to controll various functions of JUNO DS ?

Juno DS has 4 knobs, which by default can be assigned to 12 different functions. I am very new to midi, but from what I red, JUNO DS receives midi and can be controlled by DAWs etc. What about hardware controllers? It would be great to be able to have 12 separate external knobs... Just being curious :)
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Re: Hardware midi controller for JUNO DS

Postby gris » 22:04, 14 March 2017

Yes any assignable midi knob controller should work, for example behringer bcr2000 has lots of knobs, but maybe cheaper simpler ones like korg nanocontrol could be used too.
I have not tried it with my Juno DS, but have done it with other synths, and I see no reason why it not should work with the DS.

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Re: Hardware midi controller for JUNO DS

Postby pgreco » 15:51, 7 April 2017

I have successfully used:
1. an Android app (Midi Controller) in conjunction with a cheap USB-to-midi adaptor, add an OTG adaptor (micro USB to USB).
2. a Behringer FCB1010 foot controller (for expression).

The Behringer BCR2000 should work.

FYI if you haven't seen it there is a supplemental "midi implementation" on the download page at Roland, which tells you which MSB/LSB values to send to select various presets (among other things).


I'm pretty sure that you have to send the MIDI commands to the "midi in" (DIN5) port on the Juno DS; i.e. you cannot just plug a USB-only midi controller such as the Korg into the Juno DS (the square USB port is for a PC connection and the rectangular one is for a memory stick).

To use a USB-only controller you would need something like the Kenton USB Midi Host, which essentially functions like a PC. You would plug the USB-only controller into the Kenton, and then connect the Kenton to the Juno DS via a standard midi cable. From what I have read, if the USB controller is "class compliant", this will work just fine.
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Re: Hardware midi controller for JUNO DS

Postby pgreco » 00:36, 20 April 2017

Also I can confirm that the Kenton USB Midi Host lets you control the Juno DS using a USB MIDI keyboard (I have a Korg Micro Key 37). Just connect the USB keyboard to the Kenton, and the Kenton's MIDI out to the Jon's MIDI in. This should work with any "class compliant" USB MIDI controller.
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