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
March 2, 2011 @ 7:04 am
i see in the description it says it has 2 osc´s (2 per voice) = 12 Ocs´s?
how is this possible`? i see it has only 2 osc´s shown on the panel
February 16, 2011 @ 11:26 pm
And to add. I think something like an AX80 (suggested on this page as an 'alternative') for way way cheaper would get you 85% of the sound and be way more reliable (it's only fault being a cheap solder fix of non PCB parts) it also is pretty rare itself, looks cool and is as good as hands on!
February 16, 2011 @ 11:22 pm
You know, this is a decent looking/sounding synth and all that but what about reliability? It was always assumed they were decently reliable but I know 2 people who had troubles with theirs, one was fixable (cost a fortune though for the tech work) the other one had gremlins that could never be traced even after new CPU/chips 3 different techs and was parted out. I also read on the net that many of them freeze/lock up, when you consider how overpriced they (and JP8) are now, you'd hope they were more reliable. Total nightmare - avoid!
February 1, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
What I love: Stacking the OSC's and creating huge bass sounds. It's bright brassy tones with practically no release, like the attack and decay of a clav, but sounds really nothing like a clav. Some weird percussive things you can do with low tuned osc's and the noise generator. Bass, bass and bass. The random setting on the LFO.

What I don't care for: The filter is better in the Juno 60 and 106. The size and weight. The midi is wonky sometimes. Wish it had CV.

BTW I got mine for $1,100 in perfect condition, with europa mod, europa manual, and power cable.
December 3, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
the Jupiter 6 is an "aquired taste" and not everyones cup of tea. I suppose it depends on what you're after really. Don't buy one if you want huge sounding prophet/jupiter 8 type pads as it just doesnt cut it. If you want something slightly different sounding than the usual crop of analog's then it can be worth getting. My advice is to try and have a go on one before buying one as personally the Jupiter 6 never really did it for me and I've never missed it since replacing it with a much nicer sounding KORG DSS-1 for £100! (miss the sliders though) :)
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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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