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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Stu Goldman
February 26, 2011 @ 4:27 am
Almost everything about Jupiter 8 is well covered and documented.
For me the best sounding synth ever made (although it is same top class like early Oberheims, Prophets and Yamaha CS80) and by far the best quality of build.
I've continuously played it for almost 30 years without single failure and it must be a record among musical instruments.
It is '59 Les Paul among synths, the best and the most sought after.
ymo-fan
February 9, 2011 @ 4:27 pm
Also used by Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Julian
January 21, 2011 @ 8:42 am
Toured my Jupiter 8 all over Britain & Europe and it still works perfectly. Its one of the only synths made with individual character and grace.....Ethereal and cosmically warm ...
Andrew K
January 18, 2011 @ 12:40 am
A great sounding synth but definitely not rare or hard to find (many thousands were made) and not worth $7000 USD - though [crazy] people are paying that much!(!?!?!) however they are far more reliable than anything from Oberheim/Moog at the time and the build quality is definitely superior too.
It has a distinct sound that is highly sought after.
eebs
January 1, 2011 @ 9:23 pm
Its a great synth, i've found they do sound different year to year, I have an early 12 bit model and its quite grainy and chunky sounding compared to the the later model I had and ended up selling. It has a really great sound, really recognizble if you've listened to early eighties electro/italo records but its a combination of the quality build, decent key action, reliability, easy layout, patch splitting etc, that make it a great experience. its just a good design.
 
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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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