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
roddy
May 10, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
My favourite thing about the JP-6 is the lay-out and design. It looks fantastic..like a spaceship with amazing red rectangular LED's. I was a bit dissapointed with the high pass filter but they are defo worth getting if you can snag one for a decent price. The JP-8 has always been the daddy of the jupiter range and the 2 aren't really that similar soundwise. Back when I bought my JP-6 a JP-8 was around $1000..just wish I'd of splashed out on the JP-8 instead now :)
marcus
April 26, 2011 @ 5:07 pm
not sure why people ate comparing a Juno 6 with a Jupiter 6, they are not similar at all! The Jupiter 6 is quite an in depth synth and way more complex than a Juno 6. I bought a Jup 6 years ago in 1995 when they were quite cheap compared to todays prices, around £500. It took a while to realise that it was really a Sequential Prophet 5 that I was craving. The Jup 6 is a nice synth but it never really hit the spot for me so sold it on and have never really missed it. I'm glad that I managed to own all the major classics before they became so overpriced though!
bill
April 7, 2011 @ 8:52 pm
lets get this straight. someone said a ax80 sounds like a ju6 . it sounds absolutely nothing like it. its a great synth in its own right but saying it sounds like a jupiter6 is hogwash. a jp6 sounds like a jp6 period. its one of the most unique synths roland or anyone ever produced. come might say it sounds like crap and thin but i have destroyed more than one set of speakers with this board. i will never sell my jp6 all other synths i have had come and go but the jp6 remains a center piece of my studio . this filter on this is not as good as a juno. come on what are you smoking
xtraman
March 31, 2011 @ 3:02 am
i really don't understand how some people calling it thin sounding. i got the europa chip install on mine recently, i did a run of the random feature for many hours. if you ever want something that can give you those crazy anime lazer sounds, wobble whomp bass, crazy scifi effects, synth strings this is definitely your synth.
gsmith43
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 D50........talk about a programming nightmare!!!!
 
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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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