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Roland MKS-80

MKS-80 (image courtesy of Roland)

Released: 1984

MSRP: no


Similar to a rack Jupiter8 with swapping arpeggiator, chorus, and DCB for aftertouch (with dedicated pitch LFO), velocity, cartridge slot, and MIDI. Early models (Rev 4, up through serial 511799) used the same filter as the other Jupiters (IR3109), while later models (Rev 5, serial 511800 and higher) used the same filter as the Super JX (IR3R05) Architecture Class: Conventional (subtractive).

Ebay Description:

The Roland Super Jupiter (MKS-80) is a 2U rack, 8 voice polyphonic bi-timbral (aftertouch and velocity sensitive) analog synthesizer, featuring dual oscillators (saw/square/pulse/triangle/noise waveforms with PWM, sync, and FM), high-pass and resonant low-pass filters, dedicated filter and amp ADSR envelopes, dual LFOs (triangle and saw/square/triangle/random), portamento, arpeggiator, chorus, 64 presets, cartridge interface, XLR and phone stereo outputs, and MIDI.


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
61 keys W:430mm(16.875in) D:400mm(15.75in) H:88mm(3.5in) 8kg(17.625lbs) no stereo XLR and phone MIDI IN/OUT/THRU MIDI MIDI no 35W AC


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
MKS-80 no internal:64 cartridge:128 cartridge (M-64C) MIDI SysEx MPG-80 switches LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
2 8 2 modes (and solo) VCO->HPF->VCF->VCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
no no EG-2 LFO-1 MIDI-CC7 yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
yes no MIDI MIDI 1 1


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
VCO1 analog triangle saw pulse square 2-32' no FM:EG-1 sync PWM:LFO-1/EG-1/key aftertouch MIDI-bend EG-1 key LFO-1 LFO-2 glide no
VCO2 analog triangle saw pulse noise 2-32' lo hi no sync PWM:LFO-1/EG-1 aftertouch MIDI-bend EG-1 key LFO-1 LFO-2 glide no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
HPF analog opamp no highpass no no no
VCF analog IR3109 or IR3R05 yes low pass aftertouch EG-1 EG-2 key LFO-1 LFO-2 pedal no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
EG1 sustain attack decay release no yes key key velocity attack:velocity
EG2 sustain attack decay release no no key key velocity attack:velocity


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO-1 saw:down square triangle random yes no no no MIDI-CC1 no
LFO-2 triangle no no no no aftertouch 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