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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Neb
October 22, 2013 @ 10:26 pm
Jupiter 8 hooked into a reverb module:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn6Awr1Th-8
Phil
October 9, 2013 @ 6:06 pm
Picked one up 3 weeks ago. Initial impressions weren't amazing. My immediate thought was that the single DCO Juno's sound a lot richer (thanks to their Chorus feature.)

However, after a few nights playing around and adding just a touch of reverb and chorus with external fx it really started to impress. Hugely inspirational thanks to the controls and very versatile too. Heartmelting pads one minute, tearing sync-leads the next, and in dual mode, both at the same time if you wish. It's every bit as good as I hoped it would be. A stunning machine on every level.
boss of it all
July 15, 2013 @ 11:46 pm
Please note: The JP-8 is fully analog. The reason for that you can find a '14 bit' spec is that there is a micro processor that tunes the voices. Has nothing to do with the sound. Not an D/A converter. :-) The Jupiter-80 is a digital synth and has nothing to do with a JP-8. Theres 30 years apart between them and it's like night and day. Only the name is in common...
Cleophatra
May 20, 2013 @ 2:18 pm
The keyboard action is not weighted or semiweighted, rather light, at least on my late version one. I wish it were semiweighted.

The oscillators are analog. The digital components are mostly for tuning stability, not for generating the sounds.
James
February 14, 2013 @ 12:07 am
What is the key action like? Are they similar to the JP-80, or SH-201 or are they plastic, synthy, cheap feel of the Juno D,G, Stage?
 
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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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