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
September 14, 2010 @ 9:00 am
Ahh the Jupe 6! When looking for one make sure you don't do what I did and buy one with one of the 6 voices down.
A nice synth if you can get one fr the right price. It's not a "fat" sounding synth but do synths all need to be "fat"? :) HPfilter is handy
Wintersun Project
September 13, 2010 @ 12:52 pm
Ive had Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 6.
I still have the Jupiter 6 because its capable of a ton more different tones, the Jupiter 8 is a lovely synth though and very musical, but a little bit uninteresting programming wise as it only has a static HPF. Be nice to have both as the snappy envelopes are great on the JP8.
However i prefer the 6 and it remains here with me.
Lovely and phat though.
September 6, 2010 @ 10:45 am
I used to have a JP-6,bought and sold after a few years of it just not really doing it for me. I don't know what it is about the JP-6 but it just doesn't have that same 'wow factor' of say a Prophet 5 which I love.

Mine had the europa upgrade which is worth looking out for if you want one. Can't say I've missed it at all since selling it. I've always wanted to play a JP-8 though as I hear they are a totally different sounding synth.
September 6, 2010 @ 1:57 am
I just did an A/B test between a Juno 60 and Jupiter 6. I was able to re-create all of the 60's sounds on the Jupiter 6. The only difference was in volume - the Jupiter 6 needs to be turned up more to match the Juno. After that the Jupiter was very thick sounding. I don't know why so many say the Jupiter is thin. I am selling my Juno 60. The Jupiter's programming capabilities are far superior and now I can confirm that the sound is amazing as well.
Jesper Gorm
September 5, 2010 @ 4:57 am
This is, in my opinion, THE best analog synth deal. The JP-6 gives you so much feedback and deep analog grunt! This is NOT the littlebrother of the JP-8, this is a synth in it´s own right. I have been working with software-synths for a while now and got my hands on a near-mint JP-6 a few weeks ago and im absolutely blown away by it´s raw unpolished sound and the intuitive way you program from scratch. Had one back in ´86 but sold it so i could buy a sampler.......WHAT was i thinking!? This time it´s going NOWHERE.... Love it!!!!!!
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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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