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Roland Jupiter-8

8-Voice Analog Synthesizer

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Roland Jupiter-8
Roland Jupiter-8
12 000.00 street price

Jupiter-8 is an iconic performing synthesizer with an all analog signal path (VCO + VCF + VCA) created by Roland in 1981. It has 8 voices of polyphony, 2 parts of timbrality and features 2 VCOs per voice. The LFO produces triangle, square, saw and random waveforms. There are two ADSR envelopes one of which is for the VCF represented by 2-pole/4-pole resonant low pass and non-resonant high pass, while the second envelope is for VCA. The instrument appeared on the market in 1981. The flagship synthesizer of Roland didn’t feature MIDI although some versions of Jupiter-8 offer DCB interface allowing for interaction with other Roland products.

The synthesizer has a 5-octave keyboard with aftertouch.

Considering 8 voices with 2 oscillators per each the synth delivers a thick sound based on 16 oscillators. The osc section produces triangle, saw, pulse, square and there’s also a noise generator offered. Unison mode allows for stacking all of the 16 oscillators onto one note and if more keys are held the synth would divide down which is a unique feature of Jupiter-8. Memory features 64 patches.

The programming is easy and intuitive, there are many sliders, knobs and buttons presented on the front panel. Jupiter-8 provides with one of the best analog sounds ever heard. The possibilities include keyboard split, layering, cross modulation, oscillator sync. There’s an arpeggiator onboard. The instrument comprises such features as adjustable polyphonic portamento and a hold function.

The connectivity features balanced stereo XLRs outputs and unbalanced 1/4” outputs.

Jupiter-8 was used by Dire Straits, Damon Albarn, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Prodigy, Queen, Talk Talk, Tangerine Dream, Tears for Fears and many others.

Today Jupiter-8, as well as other synthesizers of the leading Japanese company, is a desirable purchase for those collecting music instruments. The secondary market price of the unit in good condition easily reaches $10,000.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Analogue (A) 
Polyphony
Voices8
Multi Timbral Capacity2 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Analog Subtractive
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
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) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset8
Drum Kits Preset64
Drum Kits User-defined48
Filter
Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
2-pole 
4-pole 
6dB 
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 
Hold 
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
Audio in
XLR2
Case/ body
Metal&wood 
Color
Black 
Production start1981
Production end1984
Production ended

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