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
Jack Floyd
March 25, 2012 @ 3:07 pm
Also used by Peter John-Vettese with Jethro Tull back in 1982-86.
March 23, 2012 @ 5:19 am
Word of caution before chasing end of rainbows to get a JUPES. I got one in 1991 and wasn't keen. It was big in every way. Sound, size, weight... But for me it can't sit in a mix the same way as a Juno and can't do blippy, acidy stuff like the SHs. Listen to the Arturia version which is close enough to capture the character, to get an idea. Personally I found the sound too heavy and woolly. It sounds very 1981. So my advice is to give it a good listen. Don't expect it to be a Juno, SH, Moog, prophet all rolled into one.. It ain't! It sounds like a JUPITER. Like Marmite you either....
March 11, 2012 @ 7:40 pm
Play one and you will know why this synth is so sought after. Hardly a synth is "perfect" or so well balanced like this one is: concept, design, build quality, and most of all: sound > all the way 10 out of 10

This is just a beautiful instrument build for the musician...
sunny pedaal
March 8, 2012 @ 1:47 pm
own one for 25 years now.
even with absurd high prices still unwilling to sell it.
nothing compares with this synth: big sweetspot, easy to tweak and get the sound you want, everything sounds and feels expensive/ well made.
one of the big three: mini/ jp8/ ph5.
no surprise they borrowed it's name just to sell more...!
February 20, 2012 @ 3:59 am
Bought mine in 2008 for £2k from ebay, Japan. One of my better investments...! A bit daunting at first but now I'm starting to see that there really is no other synth like it. You have to get to know it and it's not right for every track but it is a great synth to inspire musical ideas. Peculiar flutes, alien disco, fat moustache power pop, it's all here. A fruity, fruity instrument and no mistake.
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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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