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Roland JP-08 Boutique Sound Module
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The legendary Jupiter-8 synth is back as a limited-edition tabletop sound module. Part of the Roland Boutique Series, the JP-08 Boutique is all about...Read More
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The sound and control of a Jupiter-8 in a desktop module.
- JP-08 Sound Module
The legendary Jupiter-8 synth is back as a limited-edition tabletop sound module. Part of the Roland Boutique Series, the JP-08 Boutique is all about hands-on control and that iconic Jupiter sound. Those engaging analog strings and pads, those blistering leads, and those bass patches are yours again, but with better control than ever. With an array of 36 knobs and sliders from the original Jupiter-8 front panel, the 4-voice JP-08 Boutique is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation, especially with the built-in speaker and battery operation.
Using Roland's acclaimed Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology the JP-08 Boutique faithfully reproduces the original Jupiter-8 sounds and adds a few new twists in the form of extra LFOs and expanded VCO range. You can even slide the JP-08 Boutique into the optional K-25m keyboard unit for a self-contained, go-anywhere synth experience.
Huge Synth. Small Package.
The Jupiter-8 was a big synth in every way; physically imposing with loads of knobs and sliders, and most importantly, a huge sound. The JP-08 Boutique retains the big sound of the Jupiter-8, but shrinks everything else – including the price – into a module measuring under 12 in. across.
With such an expressive sound engine, you'll want to shape the sounds to match your mood. With 36 of the original parameters accessible from the front panel, the JP-08 Boutique is all about hands-on control, and even users of the Jupiter-8 will quickly feel at home as the user interface and programming "feel" is highly reminiscent of the original.
New sound-shaping options
Even though the JP-08 Boutique is an authentic recreation of the Jupiter-8, Roland also included a few extras. The JP-08 Boutique adds several new waveforms to the original architecture, including TRI and NOISE for the LFO and SIN for VCO-1, and both VCOs have an expanded range for even more sound shaping potential.
Develop your ideas with a 16-step sequencer
The onboard 16-step sequencer is a sonic scratchpad that lets you try out new ideas without bringing lots of gear –it can even be used without a keyboard. And if there's no keyboard connected, the ribbon controller lets you preview the sound, making it an ideal way to program patches quickly and easily.
Optional K-25m keyboard unit
The JP-08 Boutique works especially well with the K-25m, an optional 25-key velocity sensitive keyboard that takes your music making to the next level. Once docked in the keyboard, the module's front panel adjusts to three positions for convenient access to the knobs and sliders.
One of the killer features of the original Jupiter-8 was its ability to create huge pads, splits and layers using its 8 voices of polyphony. The JP-08 Boutique features a chain mode that allows you to connect two JP-08 Boutique modules using the MIDI ports and create one, 8-voice synthesizer, just like the original. Adding additional modules adds another 4 voices of polyphony with each module. This is especially great when controlling the JP-08 Boutique from a larger external keyboard. You can even edit the sound from the master module and control both units. Great for realtime filter sweeps and LFO effects.
Battery or USB Bus power
Some of the best music is made away from the studio, so the Roland Boutique series runs on 4 x AA batteries, ready for when inspiration strikes. Alternatively, you can power the JP-08 Boutique via USB bus power.
USB audio interface for direct recording into your DAW
The built-in USB port also functions as a high-quality 24-bit, 44.1kHz audio interface, for a fast, simple and reliable way of recording directly to your DAW application. You can keep your favorite patches and sequencer patterns safe too, via the USB data backup function.
*NOTE: The JP-08 Boutique is pictured above with the optional K-25m keyboard unit, which must be purchased separately if you want to use the JP-08 Boutique as a self-contained syntheszier. Please see #J26980 to purchase this add-on.
- Ultra-compact recreation of the iconic Jupiter-8 synthesizer
- Retains the feel, sound, character and user interface of the original
- 36 of the original synth parameters controllable from the front panel
- Adds several additions not found on the original Jupiter-8, including extra waveforms, expanded VCO range
- Chain mode allows two JP-08 to function as one 8-voice module
- Highly portable for mobile music making
- High-quality construction with metal front panel
- Dual ribbon controllers for pitch bend, modulation, and sound preview
- Battery-operated (4xAA) or USB powered
- 24 bit / 44.1 kHz stereo IN/OUT USB audio interface
- ¢ Built-in 0.5W mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
- ¢ Compatible with optional K-25m keyboard unit
Resurrect the sound and control of classic analog synthesizers.
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- Classic Sounds
- Easy To Use
- Good Quality
- Too small
Comments about Roland JP-08 Sound Module:
It sounds very close to the original Jupiter. It's missing a bit of the girth but the tone is very close. Much closer than any vst emulations I've used. Put this synth in a mix and people are not going to know the difference between it and the orginal.
It has no arpeggiator but the sequencer is arguably better because you can program the arpeggiated patterns or deviate from them and make any pattern you'd like. The presets are mostly junk, but when you dial in your own sounds it's a beast. I have made a few banks of patches and they sound very thick and analog.
Two differences from the original Jupiter that people may want to know: if you love to sweep the cross modulation fader it is not going to sound like it did on an original Jupiter 8. If you are using the cross mod to dial in a sound and aren't sweeping it up and down, it works just fine to recreate Jupiter sounds.
It has no split keyboard. If you are studio musician this is a non issue as you can just record one patch at a time. You can still play 2 patches stacked, which cuts the polyphony in half but can be very useful.
I see many complaints about the fader size. Yes they are small. If your goal is to play with it live and you are doing tons of cutoff filter sweeping, you are going to have a hard time. If you want to make great patches you can absolutely find the sweet spot despite their small size, and I have never really found myself having any issue getting faders in the "right spot", minus the cross modulation fader. Sometimes it takes a second to get just right, but it is not impossible by any means. The faders and faceplate are very sturdy. The patch/sequencer buttons are not as sturdy. You will notice they don't sit quite straight and you can wiggle them around. That being said, they do not feel like they are going to break or stop working any time soon. Overall if you are a Jupiter 8 fan, buy it. Who has the cash for an original? Final note: you CAN NOT control the faders via external midi.
- Easy To Use
- Good Quality
Comments about Roland JP-08 Sound Module:
... amazing synth ... the differences between this ACB Jupiter and an analog Jupiter are negligible ... but one of the pros is that it has such a tiny footprint compared to the aircraft-carrier-sized original ... I'm just happy to have a Jupiter-equivalent in my arsenal ... excellent job, Roland ... as always!!!
... I know the most popular complaint is the tiny travel distance for the slider controls ... valid complaint for someone that really needs some precision ... I personally haven't had an issue with this ... "close enough" is close enough for me ... but realize you can throw a MIDI controller on the JP-08 and map a bunch of mega-sliders to it if you really need to do some fine-tuning ... so it's a non-issue ... buy it!!!!!