Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter

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The MKS-80 is basically a refined Jupiter 8 in a module. It is called the Super Jupiter and it is very fat and very analog! Its great sound is due in part to the classic analog Roland technology in its filters, modulation capabilities and a thick cluster of 16 analog oscillators at 2 per voice. It comes in a 2 space rack-module - no keyboard here. Tons of editing capabilities, although editing is tedious. It's got all the classic sounds of the Jupiter synths and so much more. An excellent choice for ambient drones, pads, blips, buzzes and leads.! It is used by Hardfloor, Astral Projection, Vince Clarke, Vangelis, Pet Shop Boys, and Snap. Use the MPG-80 for easier and more traditional slider control when editing the MKS-80.

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46 Visitor comments
October 14, 2013 @ 7:15 pm
Rev 4 also has same filters as SH-101 / MC202, JX3p and juno-6 (and I'm sure there 's more models i forgot) So the mks80 rev 4 and JP-8 and MC202 and JP4 has same filter ic's. But they dont sound the same at all. The Ic is called IR3109 and was replaced by the IR3R05 in later analog Roland products like MKS80 rev 5 / MKS70 and MKS50. My Rev 5 does not sound like a MKS70 or 50. It's all down to all the other componets and design.
October 14, 2013 @ 7:10 pm
There's two versions of the MKS80 (rev4 and 5) and non of them has CEM filters. Rev 4 has CEM vco's but both have Roland (IR) filters though different ones. The rev 5 has the same filter as e.g MKS70 and 50 and rev 4 has same as jp4/6/8 and juno60. But please remember that just pointing these components out and expecting that the sound the same in each synth model is very wrong. A CEM or SSM or IR will sound special in every model due to all the surrounding components and not at least the way it's driven and adjusted. It's not some LEGO blocks that they just add together. Rev 5 is the best.
September 30, 2013 @ 7:30 am
It's a little misleading calling it a JP8 in a box. It has different filters (CEM) for a start and no arpeggiator. It sounds more like the JP6 than a JP8, or at a push somewhere in between. I very nearly bought one of these with the programmer in lieu of a JP8 but after doing some more research and watching Youtbe clips, I soon realised it wasn't the sound I was looking for. I held out and got an original JP8 and am so glad I did.
Larry Andersen
September 20, 2013 @ 8:43 pm
The Rev 5 is different than the Rev 4. I don't agree that it's better. Having owned both I felt that the filters on the Rev 4 sounded a little fatter.
boss of it all
July 15, 2013 @ 11:41 pm
The Rev 5 is the one to get. It's a redesign of an already 'redesigned' Jupiter 8/6 in the rev 4. The cream of the Jupiter line of synths. Just fantastic. I have both rev 4 and 5, but it's easy to hear that the rev 5 is a notch above the rev4. It's abit of a joke that people pay as much as they do for an JP-8 when the MKS-80 has so much more to offer.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 16 Oscillators at 2 per voice!
  • Memory - 64 single, 64 combination
  • Filter - Low pass filter w/ ADSR, Hi pass filter
  • VCA - Standard ADSR
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1984
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