Roland Jupiter-6

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The Jupiter-6 is an incredible analog synth. All of the Jupiters have a sound that was unlike any other synthesizer and the Jup 6 is no exception. This sound is due in part to classic analog Roland technology in its filters, modulation capabilities and a thick cluster of 12 analog oscillators at 2 per voice. Easy and intuitive programming via front panel sliders, knobs and buttons for all your tweaking needs.

The Jup 6 is a scaled down version of the Jup 8 in terms of programming and polyphony. However the Jup 6 has some major improvements of its own such as newly added MIDI control and better tuning stability! While the Jup 6 does have MIDI, the implementation is very rudimentary and hard to control. The Jup 6 was one of the very first (along with the Sequential Prophet 600) synths to use the then new MIDI protocol, and the implementation on the Jup 6 is far from complete.

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Synthcom Systems, Inc. offers the Europa firmware upgrade for the Jupiter-6 which gives it an up-to-date and comprehensive MIDI implementation. All parameters are controllable via Continuous Controller or SysEx. Europa also features an extensive arpeggiator which will sync to MIDI clock with programmable clock divisors and rhythms, and has about 50 more playback variations than the JP-6's original Up, Down, Up/Down, and Down/Up. A Europacized Jupiter-6 is a thoroughly modern synth with a classic sound.

The Jupiter-6 is an excellent for ambient drones, pads, blips, buzzes and leads. The Jupiter-6 is known for being a very reliable, programmable, polyphonic, analog monster of a synthesizer! It is used by Orbital, Moby, Überzone, Devo, BT, The Prodigy, Vangelis, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, ZZ Top, Duran Duran, Moog Cookbook, and Blur.

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120 Visitor comments
August 3, 2014 @ 6:22 pm
There are 3 versions of the jupiter 6. Early versions have design bugs. 3rd revision from serial # 311800 fixes these issues..
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May 27, 2014 @ 3:22 pm
I've had this synth for about a year & am still discovering new things. Get the Europa mod. It adds a lot of functions that, in my opinion, make it on par w/ the JP-8's functions for much cheaper. Like the cool random arpeggiator. Also, you can sync the arp up with an external sequencer's clock (set it to the BPM's) at many different note intervals. That $#!+ is dope. Plus, the Europa's clock is more accurate than the Roland's volt controlled 1 on the back of the unit. The mod also gets you a random patch generator. It can be used w/ Sysex. It's fun makin' it talk to my laptop & to my MV-8000.
March 27, 2014 @ 10:35 am
@[ ff ]: Search on Google for "Jupiter 6 Resonance Hack", actually there's a way with some mods (involving both board modifications and special calibrations) to improve a lot the Jupiter 6's resonance's behaviour.
As for the filter stepping when sweeping it manually it's a common problem on polyphonic synth with digital control of that era, it's not related only to the Jupiter 6.
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March 20, 2014 @ 7:05 pm
I understand BILI very well!He is right. Filter is not good as supposed to be on such a great synth. I don't mind IR3109 IC at all, but something wrong with its desighn around, digital stepping is terrible, also everyone knows its resonance to source sound ratio problem, and the most worse thing that I can't use self-oscilate feature as I simply do on Pro-One or 101.

But I'm DIY in mind and know some hacks how to make it suitable and sound right + Europa mod makes it Super SYNTH DAW MIDI BEAST))) And I love it. As a proud owner Its worth owning just bring love to IT!
March 5, 2014 @ 1:57 pm
A disappointment. I swept the LPF and the stepping was terrible. The pitch kept drifting way beyond the acceptable detune and the basses where thin. I've played far better sounding VA synths and other analogue gear. Overrated synth.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's per voice (12 oscillators total!)
  • LFO - 2 LFO's with 4-waveforms (sine, tri, ramp, random)
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct 4-pole lowpass/high pass or 12 dB/oct 2-pole bandpass with their own ADSR envelope
  • VCA - 2 Standard ADSR's with keyboard track and mixer to balance oscillator levels
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - 1 Arpeggiator
  • Memory - 48 tones / 32 patches
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1983
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