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
April 16, 2012 @ 2:16 pm
I think a lot of the complaints about MKS-80 are because they are trying to get the rev4 to make JP-8 sounds. Rev5 is the one to get if you're looking for "refined + racked JP-8".

See RogerRoger's third post here: for a comparison. Even though rev4 shares the same filter chip as JP-8, the circuit around it is different. The rev5's Roland oscillators chips make the difference and really get you closer to JP-8.
December 28, 2011 @ 7:57 pm
Have had this for 2 years. Dont expect to skip through the presets and be spoilt for choice with mind blowing sounds. This comes into its own if you spend a bit of time tweeking away. Programmer essential. Once you do get your sound, it will sit in a mix perfectly. Hardly any need for applying EQ. It always just sounds right. It is solid. It has that smooth, deep Roland character. It cannot be done on a digital or virtual synth. Ive tried !!! Definately worth having.
August 10, 2011 @ 10:56 am
I think this link works better:
August 10, 2011 @ 10:55 am
Rekon Audio has made a VST/AU editor for the synth, making it easier to programme: flypage.tpl&product_id=81&category_id=6&option=com_virtuemart&It emid=29&vmcchk=1&Itemid=29
thanasis paschalis
July 30, 2011 @ 4:07 am
john "virgo" garrett iii: were you involved in Snap?
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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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