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
January 16, 2009 @ 2:31 am
Roland, I would like to see this on ARX expansion as well as Jupiters, JP-8000, Juno 60, JX-3p, Saturn 09 and ProMars.
Maybe create other planets too. I heard of the reserve rights of planet names for products, but you could call it Sol System or somthing.
Phantom G looks great. You could do it.
January 16, 2009 @ 2:23 am
I see that Roland never takes what is good away because JP sounds are available as a legacy sound on most top products and cards. Must program samples well if you know how it felt and sounded. I think most peope in the world who listens to music and top rated movies heard the Jp-8 sound esp during 1980s. However, samples and MKs-80 would never replace the orig and the fun power axe feel of the JP-8. The Jp-8 makes one feel big. I don't know anyone who wanted to get rid of an MKS-80. Seen maybe 4 Jupiter 8's on sales from 1985 through 2009.
Wish I could buy, but very few if any available.
January 16, 2009 @ 2:22 am
Like it says Super Jupiter, it had midi vco's,x-mod, osc detune&sync, noise and lots of other stuff. It has strong movable power. This has evolved from the JP4 on up. The programmer is incredible also. It's just a change in sound. I know there was a filter change. The filter on the JP-8 was better than mks-80, but then again everything after the Jupiter 8 was not as filter rich. The Jx-3p and sh-101 was more than ok, but of course not as good as JP-8. Not until, in my opinion maybe the D-70, soundcanvas etc... was a very good replacement. I don't like the D-50 filter.
January 16, 2009 @ 2:21 am
I love this and one of my favourite of course, but the Jupiter 8 is better...
The MKS-80 is a mix of Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 6. However the filter is different and the module sound more like the Jupiter 6. The factory presets were ok, but synopsis is it had to compete with DX-7. This does sound very decent analogue when reprogrammed. If I had the money I would buy many of them. I have played this in early 1980's.
It was a very good idea.
will nichols
December 10, 2008 @ 3:11 am
yeah i agree its no jp-8 but for a third of the price, i'm not really complaining. the presets are [beep] and pretty useless, and you really need the mpg-80 to get serious. but there are still moments where it manages to take your breath away, and so it should, its a weapon. i love it how the first thing anyone says is 'its no jupiter 8'. no [beep] , the jupiter 8 is pretty much the mecca of polysynths. its like saying 'that porsche is no ferrari'. yeah i agree, but its a lot cheaper and does pretty much the same thing. one day i'll probably sell the juno, x-station and mks and buy a jp, but i can't help but think i'd be kind of [beep] ty about selling three synths to buy one. so i guess my recommendation is: if you are rich as sh*t and can afford to go and spend $4000 on a synth, then get a jp-8. but if you're not and are still looking for that classic roland sound, then this ones for you.
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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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