Roland Jupiter-8 Polyphonic Synthesizer
Few synths are so iconic as the Roland Jupiter-8. A flagship of the 1980’s, and one of the most heard synths from the decade.
I acquired a Jupiter-8 in 1983, following my otherwise beloved PPG Wave 2. Although the PPG Wave 2 was an amazing synth with a personal, deep and different sound, it was somewhat unreliable. So the sheer playability and cutting sound of the Jupiter-8 and the relatively simple, yet deep sound generation system was a winner in hectic studio and live situations.
Sound Generation: 2xVCO, HPF, LPF, VCA, 2xADSR, 2xLFO.
Keyboard Modes: Whole, Split, Dual, Poly, Mono, Unison 1-2
Performance Controls: Arpeggiator, Bender, Modulation Button
64 Sound Programs
SEQUENCING THE JUPITER-8
Being pre-MIDI, the Jupiter-8 was nevertheless equipped with Rolands proprietary DCB (Digital Communication Bus) system, that addressed many of the issues that later became standard with MIDI.
DCB-equipped external units were then able to control the Jupiter-8, via the DCB Inteerface on the rear side. One such unit was the the CV/DCB Interface designed for the Roland MC-4B MicroComposer
VIDEOS RELATED TO JUPITER-8
DR-TV Feature “The Musical Computer” (1984)
Informing the public about the new possiblities with synthesizers and sequencer.
Featuring Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer, Roland CV/DCB Interface, and Amdek CMU-800 Microcomposer.