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Roland Jupiter-6

6-Voice Analog Synthesizer

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Roland Jupiter-6
Roland Jupiter-6
4 500.00 street price

Jupiter-6 was introduced in 1983. The analog instrument has a 6-voice polyphony and is bitimbral. The structure provides each voice with 2 VCOs giving 12 oscillators allowing the keyboard to split into two zones one featuring 4 voices and another 2 and vice versa, a whole mode is available. LFO section includes two LFOs with 4 waveforms represented with sine, triangle, ramp and random. One resonant multimode filter features low pass, high pass (both 4-pole) and band pass (2-pole) options. Storage memory offers 48 tones/32 patches. VCA has 2 ADSR envelopes. There’s an arpeggiator onboard.

The synth appeared to be a unique product filled with the features not introduced in Jupiter 8 though it was created to be a cheaper alternative. For example, Jupiter-6 can select any or all of the waveforms featured in two osc banks which Jupiter-8 is not capable of. There are sounds for almost any genre of purpose including powerful leads, evolving pads, ambient drones, and blips. Unison Mode allows for triggering all of the oscillators with one key or distributes them among a few keys hold under the fingers.

It’s also one of the synthesizers which pioneered MIDI.

Notable users are represented with Tangerine Dream, Blur, Chemical Brothers and many others.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Analogue (A) 
Polyphony
Voices6
Multi Timbral Capacity1 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Analog Subtractive
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
KORG
DWGS (Digital Waveform Generator System) No
Oscillators per voice2
Sub-Oscillators per voice1
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Reverse Sawtooth
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Patches32
Tones48
Filter
Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
2-pole 
4-pole 
12dB 
24dB 
Resonance 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Attack 
Decay 
Sustain 
Release 
FilterADSR
AmpADSR
ADSR 
Modulation
LFO: LFO Count1
LFO Self-oscillating LFO
LFO Waveforms
Ramp Up 
Ramp Down 
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator 
Portamento 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity No
Aftertouch No
Size5
Number of Keys61
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
Slider/ Drawbar27
Potentiometer14
Button61
External controllers
Damper pedal 
CV/ Gate IN 
VCA 
VCF 
Arpegio Clock In 
Patch Shift 
Audio out
Dedicated output per voice No
All voices mixed in one output 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Case/ body
Metal&wood 
Color
Black 
Production start1983
Production end1985
Production ended

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