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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monte
May 30, 2011 @ 2:32 am
How do you tell a rev. 4 from a rev. 5? is it by serial number? Thanks!
john "virgo" garrett iii
May 18, 2011 @ 10:25 am
Fixed!
There are about 70 trimming pots inside the MKS.
The isolation on some of these pots started to brittle and caused a short on the upper voice board.
My techie replaced all 70 pots and re-calibrated the unit.
John "Virgo" Garrett III
May 10, 2011 @ 6:25 am
I have one of the first series purchased 1985 (Curtis Filter) and unfortunately there seems to be a short on the upper voice board. I hope my techie can fix it.
One of the bests synths of all time.
Doug
January 29, 2011 @ 7:14 am
and i believe produced the lead sound in 2Unlimiteds 'classic' 1991 track No Limits :-)

In the early 90's this was the only bit of kit that could effectively produce the fat detuned rave and dance sounds of that era.
It was harsh, and needed a fair bit of eq to calm it down.

It was interesting how different Roland synths had quite a contrast in sound, eg the Juno 106 had a hugely fat warm sound, whereas the Alpha Junos sounded quite thin and cold.
Scott
November 23, 2010 @ 10:30 pm
I loved the Super Jupiter. No it's not a Jupiter 8 0r 6 or any other keyboard in a rack but a truly "Fat" analog synth. I used it on 4 multi-platinum Bee Gees albums as the main component for bass sounds usually combine with our TX modules.
 
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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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