Roland Jupiter-4

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The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator - the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, "Rio". It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4's tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds. It's used by Meat Beat Manifesto, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, Saint Etienne, the Cars, BT, Simple Minds, Moog Cookbook, Vangelis, The Human League, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Heaven 17, and film-maker Satyajit Ray.

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alex
May 22, 2012 @ 9:40 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV2oLv_qYrE
alex
May 22, 2012 @ 9:38 am
its a bad bass monster. when i sitting in front of it i feel lilke in a spaceship or something.

maybe because its compuphonic ;)
korthe
April 23, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
nice, thick synth - certainly not low fat this one and in lushness only matched by Synthex (which happens to stand next to it ;) ).

it is no workhorse in the studio, as can easily dominate a mix and hence needs to be applied carefully. consider it gold dust, not potatoes.

pandoras box in terms of trippieness - the knobs and sliders cover big ground and seem to reach from "-1000 / +1000" whereas your standard synth covers "-250 / +250".

absolutely adore it. keeper.
Dez
April 16, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
Jupiter-4 is actually on the cover of the first album by The Twins, "Passion Factory", and appears in the video for the single "Desert Place".
Synth
April 16, 2012 @ 1:33 am
I have owned all three Jupiters..8,6,4. The Jupiter 4 has the best bass of them all. It is a beautiful sounding synth...
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO per voice (triangle, square, square with PWM) and a switchable on\off sub osc
  • LFO - 1 LFO (sine, square, ramp up and ramp down)
  • Filter - HP filter, LP rez filter
  • VCA - 2 env (ADSR) one for the filter which you can invert, one for the VCA
  • Effects - Ensemble/Chorus
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator
  • Keyboard - 49 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - TRIG IN to control the arpeggiator
  • Date Produced - 1978/79

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