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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118 Visitor comments
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) :)
November 26, 2010 @ 9:11 am
The only thing I like more in the Juno 6 is that the controls are much more direct. No presets only pure sliders. That simplifies live jams (for me)

My verdict to all of you, who want a Jupiter 6, but don't know if they should sell/keep a Juno 6/60: DON'T KEEP IT. It make sense only if our Juno is your 10th synth and/or you have a lot space and money or you are not sure about the Jupite 6.

Sorry for my english, I hope my comment will help some of you to make a decision
November 26, 2010 @ 9:10 am
2)Jupiter 6 vs. Juno 6. I also own a Juno 6 and totally agree with the previous comments: the is nothing in the juno, you cannot get out of the Jupiter. I did intensive tests to prove that. The differencies are:
- The chorus on the Juno (Most of us just turn it on and forget about it,because it smoothly integrates in the whole sound and the Juno sound much fatter. But try to put an equal chorus on the Jup and bingo it will sound very similar)
- The Juno is a bit louder. Don't forget to turn up the ENV 2 volume on the Jupiter!
- The VCF on the Juno is slightly better. Actually it is more aggressive. But it's the kind of difference you hear in an A/B-test. On a record it's non that hearable (nothing you cannot change by EQ).
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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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