Roland Jupiter-8

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The Jupiter-8 was Roland's first truly professional analog synthesizer. The Jupiter-8 features 16 rich analog oscillators at 2 per voice, eight voice polyphony and easy programming! At eight voices you can get some pretty thick analog sounds. Easy and intuitive programming via front panel sliders, knobs and buttons for all your tweaking needs. The legacy of the Jupiter synthesizers is due to their unique voice architecture and design, creating sounds that were so unreal and amazing that they have to be heard! No other synths in the world can create analog sounds as cool and authentic as these.

The Jupiter-8 was the biggest and fattest of them all (Jupiters and Junos)! It was one of the first synths to allow its keyboard to be split and layered - it's eight voices of trance heaven! Cross-mod, oscillator sync, a great LFO and a classic arpeggiator are also on-board. There's also a killer resonant analog low pass filter, same as the Juno-6 / 60, with the added option of choosing 2-pole (12 dB/oct) or 4-pole (24 dB/oct) modes as well as a separate high-pass filter. Unfortunately for the earlier models, tuning was very unstable but that seemed to be resolved in later models. Unlike its smaller counterpart, the Jupiter-6, the Jup 8 does not feature MIDI, only Roland's DCB sync can be found on some models. However, MIDI retro-kit's are available from various companies. Patch presets can store keyboard splits, arpeggiator settings, voice assign mode, hold, portamento and modulation settings.

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The Jupiter-8 has been used by Tangerine Dream, Orbital, Future Sound of London, Moby, Duran Duran, Underworld, Vince Clarke, Überzone, Jean Michel Jarre, Roxy Music, OMD, A Flock Of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Rush, Meat Beat Manifesto, Banco De Gaia, Josh Wink, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, The Cars, Prince, Gary Wright, Jan Hammer, BT, Adrian Lee, Heaven 17, Kitaro, Elvis Costello, Tears for Fears, Huey Lewis and the News, Journey, Moog Cookbook, Toto, Yes, Devo, Freddy Fresh, George Duke, Greg Phillanganes, Jonathan Cain of Journey, Greg Johnson & Kevin Kendrick of Cameo, Stevie Wonder and Simple Minds.

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101 Visitor comments
Bombay Synthesis
May 30, 2014 @ 6:46 am
Charanjit Singh, a JP-8, and music from 1982 that sounds familiar yet totally alien:
April 5, 2014 @ 11:38 am
Hollow Sun makes A Jupiter 8 for your Kontakt sampler.
February 8, 2014 @ 7:36 am
Would love to own one of these. It seems to have a very uniqe "velvety" and "purring" character unlike it's American counterparts, that I find more "loud".
Do anyone know if it's really true that Chris Franke from Tangerine Dream was involved with the design?
January 21, 2014 @ 1:52 pm
I bought my Jupiter 8 in 2006 serial 2428## from Tone Tweakers with the Kenton MIDI and it one of the best things I have ever spent fake paper money on. The range of sounds the Jupiter puts out not to mention the unique personality it has running through it's analog circuits makes for one of the most amazing pieces of gear in my collection.

Long live the Jupiter 8, hope to hand it down through the generations.
Michael Sanders
October 23, 2013 @ 1:26 am
I bought a JP-8 second hand in 1995 and it's the best thing I've ever bought. Absolutely enthralling; so much fun to alter sounds on the fly playing live. I've got a fair idea about getting sounds I want, but I am still finding new depths.
It's too heavy for me to move it now I'm an old guy, so these days I use Arturia Jupiter 8V with a Novation controller keyboard if I'm on the move. It's not the same, but close enough.
I still record audio from the JP-8 into Logic.
When I packed the car in case the current bushfires threatened, the JP-8 was the second item in [backup hard drive first].
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's per voice (16 oscillators's!) switchable between triangle, sawtooth, pulse, and square waves plus noise on OSC 2
  • LFO - 4-waveform (sine, tri, ramp, random) LFO
  • Filter - Low pass filter with 2-pole (12 dB/oct) and 4-pole (24 dB/oct) modes, Env Mod, LFO MOd, Key Follow. Separate 6 dB/oct high pass filter.
  • VCA - Standard ADSR and mixer to balance oscillator levels
  • Memory - 64 patches and 8 patch presets
  • Keyboard - 61 note keyboard
  • Control - DCB Roland to Roland sync/interface on some models
  • Date Produced - 1981 - 1984
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