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
makeitstop
March 22, 2012 @ 6:09 pm
Synthartist69 - I have to type "-synthartist69" in my youtube synth searches to avoid his pointless, ironically cheesey and tragically talentless excuses for Google ad revenue that always choke my search results.
I sold the JP-6 after finding it too characterless and bland, I think it sells for inflated prices on ebay just because of it's name and the fact that it looks like the JP-8, which is also pathetically overrated and overpriced. Nice interface though, the arp was nice to have, but not my cup of tea.
Synthartist69
February 15, 2012 @ 12:42 am
Yes, I can compare all of those synths, DCO or VCO they can all produce many sounds that are similar. I have owned all of these at the same time.
QuadraTrax
February 10, 2012 @ 6:03 am
There is no way you can compare a JP to a JX10 or Juno 106. The JX10 and 106 both have DCOs for a start.
Synthartist69
December 22, 2011 @ 7:47 pm
One thing I would like to add, I think that the JP falls in there somewhere between a Juno 106 and a Jupiter 8. It is a lot like having a beefed up 106 with an arpegiator and deeper programming abilities. If you want a Jupiter 8 and can't afford one, try a Roland JX10 + Alesis ion...the starving musicians Jupiter...which is me..lol

Roland Jupiter 6 link.. http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
Synthartist69
December 22, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
I have owned the JP8 and JP6. The JP8 is warmer and phatter, but the JP6 can sound very good as well. There are a lot of videos out on the web that make the JP6 sound cheesy, metallic, sharp, bright, noisy, hollow, etc. I have started a youtube campaign of posting videos of my Jupiter 6 with a direct line in to the camcorder rather than through the open mic. Here is a link to my channel where I have at least 20 videos of the Jupiter 6 with more to come :)

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos?feature=mhee
 
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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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