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Roland Jupiter-8

Jupiter-8 (image courtesy of Roland)

Released: 1981

MSRP: no


King of the Rolands. Combines Jupiter-4 and MRS-2 functionality, while adding osc sync and FM, along with dual filter slopes. Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Roland Jupiter-8 (JP-8) is a 61 key, 8 voice polyphonic bi-timbral analog synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (saw/square/pulse/triangle/noise waveforms with PWM, sync, and FM), high-pass and resonant (12|24dB) low-pass filters, dedicated filter and amp ADSR envelopes, LFO (saw/square/triangle/random), portamento, arpeggiator, chorus, 64 presets, DCB interface, dual XLR and phone stereo outputs, and arpeggiator.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:1063mm(41.875in) D:485mm(19.125in) H:120mm(4.75in) 22kg(48.5lbs) no upper:XLR/phone lower:XLR/phone mix DCB DCB filter volume portamento DCB CV Gate portamento sustain 90W AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
- no 64 tape no switches pots LED display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
2 8 yes VCO->HPF->VCF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
chorus no ENV-2 LFO pedal yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
up and/or down or random clock No N/A N/A bend-lever no


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
no no DCB pedal routed to VCF additional EG destinations no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO1 analog triangle saw pulse square 2-16' no FM PWM:LFO/ENV-1 bend-lever ENV LFO portamento no
VCO2 analog triangle saw pulse noise 2-16' no sync PWM:LFO/ENV-1 bend-lever ENV-1 LFO portamento no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
HPF analog opamp no high pass LFO no no
VCF analog IR3109 yes 12|24dB low pass bend-lever ENV-1 ENV-2 key LFO pedal no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
ENV-1 sustain attack decay release no yes no key no
ENV-2 sustain attack decay release no no no key no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO triangle saw:up square random yes no no no no no
Conventional Models
RS-101 RS-202 RS-505 RS-09 SA-09 VP-330 SH-3 SH-5
SH-1000 SH-2000 SH-7 SH-1 SH-2 SH-09 SH-101 MC-202
CMU-810 TB-303 CMU-800 Juno-6 Juno-60 MKS-10 Juno-106 Juno-106s
HS-60 MKS-7 Juno-1 HS-10 Juno-2 HS-80 MKS-50 Jupiter-4
MRS-2 Jupiter-8 Jupiter-6 MKS-80 JX-3P MKS-30 GR-700 JX-8P
JX-10 MKS-70