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
Den Solarys
September 13, 2010 @ 8:27 am
Way too cool synth, but pricey these days.
Unfortunately MKS80 only ressembles JP8.
It is one of rare pieces that always sound exactly to sit in mix or to please ears. It's simple and one of kind polysynth.
Reki
August 31, 2010 @ 6:02 pm
Curator, you've missed the point here. It's not always about the most punchy or the most lush. The Jupiter 8 is in my opinion by far the most elegant and musical synth probably ever made. It just works in a track, it elevates and enhances but at the same time is quite understated. Own one and then you will see why the price is high.
nodrog
August 6, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
Yeah think is good. Don't have anything in it's calibre in the polys to compare. A6 nope, mks80 uh ah, juno 60 sort of but why bother, Xpander yes sometimes but no interface Sounds good vast majority of the time. Would love to compare it against another.
Chew2Bacca
August 3, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
Only people who can't afford them, or didn't buy them right, [beep] about the price; it just makes the individual sound sour grapes. And your motorcycle? is off-topic. If you think you can get $7k worth of cheap modern gear to sound as good, and your programming skills are as good as your word skills, then please post a link to a relevant musical example that you've produced - otherwise, get back on your bike and pedal your [beep] home - thanks!
Reginator
July 31, 2010 @ 9:19 pm
I'd be a happy soul if Roland brought back a 100% "True Analog" Jupiter 8. Moog brought back the Minimoog. Dave Smith has the Prophet '08. I'm sure an updated version of the JP8 would sell like hotcakes.

I own a JP-8080 and it's a pretty good synth but it has sonic limitations that I have to work around. It would be nice to be able to push it without clipping the digital signal inside the unit. I've never played the Jupiter 8 but I'm sure I could run it through it's sonic paces effortlesly!

Roland - bring it back!!!
 
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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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