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Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer Review

October 7, 2011 by  



Roland Jupiter-80 KeyboardOne of the hottest and most talked about products on the market today is the Roland Jupiter-80. This is not a re-creation of the ‘80s Jupiter-o, although it does pay homage to its predecessor with road-proven hardware and massive sound. This is a modern synth that features Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesis engine. The SuperNATURAL engine is designed to re-create legendary vintage synth sounds and amazingly realistic organic acoustic sounds.

The Roland Jupiter-80 is an envelope-pushing synth with three separately programmable sound chains. Each sound chain has a filter, an oscillator, an LFO, and an amp, and you can combine up to nine sound chains for an amazing 27 oscillators – at once! Each oscillator can utilize one of seven vintage waveforms or one of over 350 PCM waveforms for unlimited tone-shaping combinations. The Jupiter-80 supports up to 256 polyphonic voices depending on the sound load. Also featured is an extremely powerful arpeggiator with 128 factory presets and another 128 presets that are user definable. And musicians will love that this board includes Roland’s famous SuperNATURAL pianos, brass, strings, and more.

The Jupiter-80 was designed and laid out for live performance. A large LCD screen makes navigating the functions of the Jupiter-80 a breeze. After you have designed your own patches, you can save them as “Live Sets.” A Live Set can stack up to four sounds, each with its own DSP, effects group, and level control!

There are a number of assignable knobs and buttons on the Jupiter-80, so you can create a custom layout. Roland’s D Beam controller can be assigned to control parameters for a more dynamic performance. Control volume, Leslie speed, modulation depth, and more, all with your hand.

The USB port built into the Jupiter-80 allows you to easily record your creative musical ideas. It can also be used to provide backing tracks to play along with. Plus, you can save your Jupiter-80 settings to a USB key for recall and backup. Plug the keyboard into your computer and record directly to your DAW via USB MIDI.

Roland’s Jupiter-80 features hundreds of amazing presets, a 76-key semi-weighted synth keyboard, stellar effects, cool arpeggiators, ultra-realistic SuperNATUAL instruments and sounds, and much more. Great in the studio or live onstage, the Roland Jupiter-80 is a force to be reckoned with. Source: Sweetwater

Roland Jupiter 80 Demo by Sweetwater



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