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
November 10, 2009 @ 7:28 pm
But its totally UNTRUE the MKS80 is the racked sounds very much like a Jupiter 6 instead,anyone can check it!
November 8, 2009 @ 11:52 am
MKS-80 is an awesome synth, very phat oscillators. I use cheap Encore and Peavey controllers instead of the MPG-80, and I run the output through additional external filters (Electrix or Sherman) to thicken the sound. It's great as either a mono (unison), or a poly-synth. My favorite piece of gear.
October 12, 2009 @ 10:31 am
To Emilio : what you read "somewhere" was obviously wrong. When you connect the MPG-80 to the MKS-80 you can still control everything via MIDI. However what you need to do is plug the MIDI cable in the MPG-80 and not the MKS-80 otherwise indeed none will respond to MIDI messages.
July 6, 2009 @ 5:43 pm
I've been fortunate but not "privileged" as some. I happen to own a MKS-80, MKS-70, D-550, XV-5080 plus all the programmers to go with them. I "have" owned a Jupiter 6 but now own a Juno 60 & a 106. Saying all that.....since I have never used or played with a J8, I cannot truly compare it to the MKS-80 but it does sound pretty darn good. It rocks the house and can make you go deaf. I do miss not having the same arppegiator as the J8 but as the one guy mentioned, I'll keep the extra 3K and keep what I have vs, selling all for the J8......
May 9, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
I read somewhere that if you connect the programmer to this unit, it disables the midi control. Is that true? How would you play the synth if it disabled midi control? Any help?

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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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