Roland JP-08 Boutique
It is not the size that matters….
The Fluxic synth collection has been expanded by 2 Roland JP-08 Boutique “Jupiters”.
Although not a full Jupiter-8, it has roughly the same architecture, and brings back the tactile interface, the fat sound and the fast editing.
I owned an original Jupiter-8 from 1984 to 1986. It was coupled to a Roland MC-4B MicroComposer via a proprietary DCB (Digital Communication Bus) interface for sequencing. The Jupiter-8 was replaced by 2 Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiters, featuring an almost similar sound engine. The Super Jupiters were better suited for sequencing in live situations. The live rig for my 80s band “DeFilm” included 2 MKS-80’s controlled by Roland MSQ-100 Midi Sequencers.
The MKS-80 are brilliant, and I still have one running. In my view it is the finest analog polyphonic synth Roland has produced. The original MPG-80 editor panel made it very easy to program. And this panel has been duplicated in the JP-08 – with even smaller control faders. This makes it somewhat harder to program than the MPG-80, but it is nonetheless useful for quick sound shaping.
I have mounted the JP-08s in a custom case together with the Korg Volca Sample and Volca Beat sound generators and the Arturia Beatstep Pro sequencer for a complete and compact music box.
Silencing the sequencer
The JP-08 built-in sequencer responds to MIDI Clock and Start/Stop commands. So you’ll have to erase any sequences in your patches if you want the sequence to be inactive while receiving clock from an external sequencer.
Erasing a sequence
Click Manual+Shift > Click/hold the lit steps to unlight and silence them
Set MIDI Channel:
Hold “Manual”+ > Select MIDI Channel (while still holding Manual)
Store a Patch
Enter the first digit (left side) and “long-click” second digit (left side) to store the patch under that number.
- Type: Digital Hardware Synthesizer
- Manufacturer: Roland
- Model: JP-08 Boutique
- Acquired: January 2016 (2 pcs)