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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120 Visitor comments
chris b
November 29, 2012 @ 1:53 am
yeah i meant vcos mate. which there even more curtis chips than roland IR's..
same rule applies anyway, curtis are pretty much like hens teeth now,.
November 27, 2012 @ 4:26 am
@chris b
[beep] dude? Roland used it's own IR3109 VCF chips in the Jupiter-6/8/Juno-6/60.
Maybe you're confusing all this with a Juno 106 voice issue, no?
Chris B
November 27, 2012 @ 3:37 am
Remarkable synth, and brilliant sounds...
But there is one downside, and that is Curtis filters do blow eventually, biggest worry is there are a lot of them inside a Jupiter 6, your basically buying a fantastic time bomb.
Unless you have a set of replacement chips for one of these it will break your heart at some point in the future. Only buy one if youve got money to burn.
November 11, 2012 @ 12:21 pm
It can't do thick resonant bass, sci-fi sine leads or lush strings. Nor can a Les Paul do Tele sounds. The JP-6 excels at evolving fizzy triangle-based pads and searing square/PWM leads. The resonant HPF is amazing and unusual for an analogue poly, just the job in a busy mix. If you make modern electronic music, you may find the JP-6 invaluable: its 'slice-and-dice' high end is everything that the Virus series fails to be... listen to the sweetness of the top end, not the 'thinness' of the low end!
johnny C Note
October 12, 2012 @ 7:49 am
It is, as the article states, an amazing synthesizer, simply put. The broad palette of sounds the Jupiter 6 is capable of is endless, and they are all drenched in rich, vivid color. It DOES create killer bass, sometimes sounding like my old Moog Source. The envelopes are the snappiest I have ever heard. With the Europa upgrade, the J6 is capable, via software DAW or MIDI sequencer, of the craziest modulations on a par with an Oberheim Matrix 12 or modular. Of all the synths I own, this is the one i would choose if I had to sell them all and keep one of them.
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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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