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
August 27, 2011 @ 4:29 pm
The JP-6 may not a punchy bass synth, but is worth the price alone just for the sensational pads and strings it produces.

This synth really rips with the filter wide open and the fidelity is sexy. Awesome at long, evolving sounds as well.

It doesn't eat up a mix like many analogs of the day - it sits in the mix so well.

It also makes very sincere or nasty lead sounds. It's also a sound effects master - great big dives, portamento effects, razor-edged blips and beeps, horrifying wind and white noise effects.

One of my favorite synths hands down
July 1, 2011 @ 11:00 am
I wouldn't be without my JP6 I think it just sounds gigantic (Solo+Unision Detune and BOOM!) and is really suprising the complexity of sounds that can be mined from it. I may not be as earth shattering as a dedicated monosynth, but compared to my Nord Rack/Blofeld/Jx3p it's tremendous. Still suprsing me after 14 years...
June 28, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
I've always found that it looks better than it sounds. Spend most of it's days switched off but looks the part with all of those flashing LED's! A nice synth... but nothing to get excited about imho. Ones of synths that sounds much better with a load of delay/reverb on it to bring out the best in it.
June 2, 2011 @ 12:23 pm
Easily the worst "sounding" analog synthesizer Roland had ever produced! Sure, it looks sensational... It has mad flexability and routing but has absolutely NO PUNCH! Trust me, I've owned or played all of the classic Rolands and this synth is a total embarassment! I finally sold mine and purchased three other so called lesser vintage synths all of which blew this guy out of the water! However, it was constructed quite well and never had any issues. Good arpeggiator too but sonically even treated with a ton of fx it was still a joke!
May 27, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
I agree with the previous comments on here that the Jupiter 6 lacks a something special. Sold mine years ago and don't miss it. It just seems to lack that magic that similarly priced analogue polys have. However, Orbital managed to coax some nice sounds out of one in the mid-90's to good effect.
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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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