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
Cleo Phatra
October 23, 2012 @ 7:52 pm
The new price of the original Jupiter 8 in the early 1980's was not £2000. It was twice that: £4000. In the USA it was $5295.

Factoring inflation since 1980 (from 1980 to 2012), the original cost of the Jupiter 8 in today's dollars is $13,000. So if you buy a Jupiter 8 today for less than 13,000 US dollars (or £8,150), you are getting it for a better price than when it was sold as a new synth. So $7,000 for a Jupiter 8 today is an absolute steal-- more than 50% of the original price. That's the going rate today. It will be $10,000 in a few/several years.
October 21, 2012 @ 12:26 am
The Jupiter 80 is what Roland had in mind with the Jupiter 8 as well, they're both performance synths that brought in new technoloy and are/were meant to faithfully reproduce a large number of instruments while providing sufficient synthesis power to adjust them to his needs or create new ones. People who bash on Roland for giving the Jupiter name to the new model have no clue about the history of the company.
Jimmy Olson
October 20, 2012 @ 12:57 am
I would literally trade/sell all my boards and just become a jupiter 8 player.
Ian Molyneaux
October 19, 2012 @ 3:13 pm
A great synth but they go for silly prices on ebay. Brand new in the UK the would cost around £2000 but you regularly see "well used" examples going for 4-5k. I mean get real.
September 5, 2012 @ 5:13 am
the Jupiter 8 is so unbelievable fat sounding you do not need anything else.
from big analog "strings" heavy bass and leads to experimental fx ... it's all there.
And it has something all of these new super plastic boxes do not have :

i have one here in my studio and i would not trade it for 5 x jupiter 80 ;)
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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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