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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BeN-HuR
January 17, 2013 @ 5:35 am
The entire Jupiter series is a mothership. I have been using the 6 and 8 as well and the original sounds when mixing the osc are large enough for any sized production. Also used by Tears For Fears on "head over heels".
Andrew Brawley
January 16, 2013 @ 9:33 pm
I bought mine new in 1984 and it's blinking right next to me now. I love it. It's one of my most prized possessions, and it has never let me down. And to this day, nearly 30 years later, I still find myself amazed at the new soundscapes that I can find in this thing. That's 30 years boys and girls. Think about it.
Sci Fi Funk
December 20, 2012 @ 11:47 am
The programming and the sound are fantastic on this synth.

I wouldn't vouch for it's reliability, but mine is hanging on in there. Has the odd keyboard flaw which is overcome when warmed up. Outputs need attention, again overcome (mainly) through use.

Been playing with the arpegiator, one of the best out there IMHO.
http://youtu.be/0mfYxiNGSnk
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,.
mha
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?
 
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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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