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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119 Visitor comments
H Purser
March 28, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
In the right hands, the JP6 is worth £2000. It's hard to programme, because of the range of each parameter, but also because it is just not suited to some sounds. It's the most modern-sounding analogue I own and that is its greatest strength. If you want the vintage, thick, liquid sound, get a JP4. It all depends on what you want to do with the JP6. IMO, its potential is as yet unrealised.
March 20, 2013 @ 6:49 pm
@Kenolie "what would you recommend that is just as powerfull,warm and versatile as a jupiter 6 and is cheaper?"
if you want to stick stay vintage and can live without sliders/ knobs check out a KORG DW8000. Brilliant sounding synth. I sold my JP-6 and honestly prefer my DW-8000. It's not a very nice 'looking' synth though!
March 20, 2013 @ 9:52 am
quote " This synth is OK - but the prices are getting out of hand!


There are cheaper, warmer analogs out there that sound so much better. I think anyone should have a serious word with themselves paying over £1000 for one of these,

I do agree that the prices are getting out of hand. BUT what would you recommend that is just as powerfull,warm and versatile as a jupiter 6 and is cheaper? and than i dont mean a dave smith prophet 8!
March 4, 2013 @ 9:06 am
oh and BTW: you could indeed buy a JP-6 for about £500 about 5 years ago. The crazy price increases are a very recent thing (of course I wish I hadnt sold all of my old analog dinosaurs now so I could cash in on the daftness of the market!)
March 4, 2013 @ 8:56 am
I agree with Specky. Nostalgia and middle aged synth collectors are the reason Jupiter 6's and 8's are so over-inflated. Luckily I went through my obsession with analogs in the early 90's when you could still pick up a JP-6 for £400. Bought one, got bored of it pretty quickly and sold it on. It's a nice sounding synth but if you're a musician rather than a collector it's really not a great buy at £2000 trust me!
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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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