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
March 31, 2013 @ 1:30 pm
Dear all,

I have just completed a Software controller & programmer for the mks80 and looking for beta testers.
The controller runs smooth and passed QA, still more users feedback is needed...

Current features:
* runs on PC only, not Mac.
* stand alone, no dependency on DAW (this means it can send sysex and midi even from ableton live...)
* identical graphical layout as the MPG80
* free of charge

If interested, please send private email for a copy.

Thanks !
March 9, 2013 @ 5:12 pm
i believe Drexciya (James Stinson) used this on many tracks.
you can hear similarities in tracks like "do you want to get down"-Transllusion.
March 2, 2013 @ 6:16 am
About the filter stepping and the programmer ,
It wont step as much if one lowers the Env-to.Filter settings for example.
It kept enough of the envelope-to-filter still.
Brand 80
December 19, 2012 @ 6:30 am
If you need to control the filter cutoff you use a midi controller - you do not record you moving the programmers programming knob. The MPG-80 is a programmer not a MIDI controller box.
November 14, 2012 @ 8:10 pm
Adding to my last post, what about an external midi controller pre-MPG80 with a mod wheel/stick? Would that step through the filter sweep as well? Can the MKS80's filter (or other params) sweep smoothly (without stepping) at all?

Sorry if there is an obvious answer to this question but without getting my hands on one before buying it's a tough decision. Thanks VSE community!
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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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