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
November 26, 2010 @ 9:10 am
2)Jupiter 6 vs. Juno 6. I also own a Juno 6 and totally agree with the previous comments: the is nothing in the juno, you cannot get out of the Jupiter. I did intensive tests to prove that. The differencies are:
- The chorus on the Juno (Most of us just turn it on and forget about it,because it smoothly integrates in the whole sound and the Juno sound much fatter. But try to put an equal chorus on the Jup and bingo it will sound very similar)
- The Juno is a bit louder. Don't forget to turn up the ENV 2 volume on the Jupiter!
- The VCF on the Juno is slightly better. Actually it is more aggressive. But it's the kind of difference you hear in an A/B-test. On a record it's non that hearable (nothing you cannot change by EQ).
November 26, 2010 @ 9:07 am
got the JP-6 a week ago for 1600$ (i couldn't believe it myself) with Europa.
1) I understand why many say that it's a thin sounding and not bassy synth. On one hand that is true (in comparing with some fat monosynths), on the other hand this synth covers the whole frequency range completely. There's nothing against the usage of Jupiter 6 as a synth is a real track. Of course, if you want to show off of try a synth-jerk-style of jam or record, a minimoog will beat the JP-6.
November 22, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
i've owned a few analogs in my time. jp6, arp odyssey, cs40m, sh2, monopoly, moog phatty / voyager, sixtrak. i can understand what people say about the sound, because in their own way most of the others can sound better at certain sounds. however i never want to sell this synth and it will always remain while others come and go because of its versatility. its a 'desert island' analog synth. it can do almost anything and will essentially deliver all the roland analog sounds you would expect. not many people can afford to have a plethora of analogs and if someone said they wanted to buy one and only one i would advise this. especially for producers of dance / electro. name another poly for the money, impossible. only maybe the dave smith prophet 08.
November 9, 2010 @ 5:35 am
I think the JP6 is the most cost-effective vintage synth money can buy.For the price is averagely asked for (1500/1800 euros) you can get no better analog polysynth.I bought mine nearly 2 years ago (a standard version with midi in/out),and I was very much impressed by its reliability and the possibilities it offers.I already had a Memorymoog and a SCI Prophet-10 (last one I sold recently),but these synths costed me 3 times as much even though they do sound better.Also,I literally spent the past 14 months without touching/playing it all,I just storaged it back in its case until yesterday:I switched it on for the 1st time in more than a year and it was perfectly in tune and kept being so the rest of the day.
Definitely,the JP6 is a synth which worths every single cent you invest on it.
Mister Fingers
September 27, 2010 @ 9:03 am
I think its important to point out, that if you dont keep a jupiter 6 serviced, it can sound, thin, dull, and flabby.
If you keep it serviced it sounds very very close to the sharp clean and also phat punchy sound of the jupiter 8.
I have both a 6 & 8 here so i cant stress enough that you keep them in good shape.
Just because a JP doesnt show tuning issues or problems with voices, it doesnt mean other things dont need to be kept calibrated to get the best sound from it.
Its one of the finest synths ever built, modular or otherwise, from any manufacturer.
Europa upgrade turns it into a magic wand of a synthesizer.
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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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