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
February 9, 2014 @ 11:33 am
Sounds great. It can deliver a wide variety of sounds, from brassy Oberheim teritory, to cutting Odyssey leads. Perhaps more "american" sounding in some ways, and not thin at all. The BPF is a great plus.
August 11, 2013 @ 1:54 pm
I believe it was suppose to have 8 voices in the design stages but two were cut for some reason. I love this synth, Ive almost sold all my other synths except this one. Mines a midi thru version and doesnt sound thin at all like some people say. Also I read earlier versions need alot of tech work annually. I wish they had a foot-switch input for LFO 2 trigger because its pretty hard to trigger it by the bender when playing a split patch.
June 1, 2013 @ 11:59 am
This is a mad scientist's experiment gone wrong wet dream freakout machine!
It will shred your speakers, trip your breakers, and blow your mind.
Leave your headphones plugged in and they will be destroyed.

I wish the faders throw was longer because the controls are sensitive and go through a large range. At least with Europa upgrade one can control from external controller.

Anyone out there made a PC-1600 or Sounddiver sys setup for JP-6 with Europa?
April 22, 2013 @ 2:00 pm
Get the Europa modification. It adds so many fantastic capabilities, the additions to the arpeggiator alone make it worthwhile
Walter Ego
April 3, 2013 @ 11:51 am
Just acquired one. Playing it is a spiritual experience. One word of caution, though: it was made at a time when Roland seems to have been cutting corners--cheapest plastic knobs I've ever seen!
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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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