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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Emilio
November 14, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
I'm interested in one of these with the programmer, but I've read that the programmer "steps" through the range of the paramaters. I saw a youtube video where the filter is doing this when sweeping it. I have a jp6, but I've been considering one one of these for gigging purposes (tired of lugging the huge board out).

Any experience with this? It might be a deal breaker, as when we play live a smooth filter sweep is pretty essential...

Thanks!
68000
September 7, 2012 @ 6:57 pm
Why do some complain about no arpeggio.On a sound module?? And it's not a JP-6 for gods sake. It's the last Jupiter. Roland took the best from all previous Jupiter models and made the 'Super Jupiter'. It sounds close to the JP-8. Not anything like the JP-6. Some people have seen what IC's are used in the different models and thinks that they can then tell from this how the different synths sounds. No, it's not some Lego blocks that has been attached together. The IC's plays a small role in the sound. So much more like surrounding components and ajustments makes a synths sound.
Owen
June 16, 2012 @ 10:14 pm
I found this webpage as a first hit to the serach "roland mks-80". I don't know whole lot more on this unit, However, I must enforce Sean's point: I also like knowing who used these instruments, because suppose you're not a keyboard player (like me) and you don't really know what sounds these things make (like me)... Well, that's a good reason to have this info! Keep up the good work vintage synth! Lots of vintage synths in Ottawa, Ontario, I've noticed...
Sean
May 9, 2012 @ 9:50 am
I have been trying to replace my Jupiter 6 that I had to sell in the 90's and was almost ready to buy one of these. They sound great but why no arpeggio?? And Brian why worry about the details of who played these synths?? I like reading who owned one- its an interesting detail, if anything- if you respect these performers you may understand why they purchased one. And if you love the sound and wonder where it came from here ya go. I don' think it's name dropping- it's not a sales sight man calm down.
greg
April 16, 2012 @ 4:27 pm
Who cares who used it? Most here aren't hell bent on trying to imitate someone else who used the same gear so I am wondering the purpose of the name dropping? Is it to say that the gear is 'pro' worthy? I imagine you run a Moog MG-1 through an SSL desk with Pultec and its gonna sound good....name dropping a synth doesn't make it any more appealing when you are trying to hone your own distinctive sound. I think it is pointless to discuss who used the gear and has no bearing on the capabilities of the gear mentioned on this site.
 
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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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