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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119 Visitor comments
March 30, 2011 @ 8:43 pm
always loved the sound from this synth when it first came out. Finally bought one in '86 after our equipment was stolen, we had to buy whatever was available in the local music store which turned out to be a blessing. In '91, a light pole fell over and bent the J6 and DX7 almost in half. The only boards available for replacement was the about a programming nightmare!!!!
March 15, 2011 @ 7:56 am
I was working on an album years ago, and having a bit of a moan about some of the digital synths we were using. it was at this point it was mentioned there were a "few old synths" gathering dust in the next studio, and went to have a look, only to find a Jupiter 6! The band were aghast when I brought it back, deriding it as "old school"! It had to one of the "rudest" synths I've used, and managed to blow the speakers during one wild filter sweep. Suffice to say the band were suitably impressed and it ended up all over their album...
March 13, 2011 @ 1:32 pm
Also used by Edgar Froese/Tangerine dream, Mark Shreeve, The Twins, Michael Bod [beep] er, Alan Davey/Hawkwind ('90's), Human league ('90s), Michel Huygen/Neuronium, Men at work etc.
March 8, 2011 @ 11:36 pm
Without a doubt, the best polysynth ever made. Incredibly versatile. Crazy fun to play. Truly unique. This synth can sound however you want it to, if you know how to program it and have the necessary ear for subtlety. The most intuitive layout and just fantastic looking. This is the only synthesizer I would never, ever sell. With a touch of EQ to bring out the lows, and a chorus pedal to give it that extra dimension, it is absolutely unstoppable. I have a Jupiter 8. Also a fantastic machine. They compliment each other perfectly. Add a Jupiter 4 to the arsenal and you're in synth heaven!
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
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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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