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Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer  

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Overview
  • Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more
  • Single Tone is equivalent to the performance of powerful single synthesizer—stack four of these to create a mind-blowing "Live Set"
  • Tone Blender tweaks multiple parameters of tones in realtime for complex, emotive sonic movement during performance
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    $3,999.00
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      Roland

      The legendary Jupiter series returns with more power and possibilities than ever.

      One of the most revered prefixes (Jupiter) in the history of synthesis returns. Welcome the arrival of the Roland JUPITER-80— a live-performance powerhouse that pays homage to its legendary namesake with road-proven hardware and massive sound, yet blasts into the future with advanced SuperNATURAL technology. The JUPITER-80's expressive, organic approach to synthesis makes a new world of sound design possible with multilayered SuperNATURAL textures under the control of a full-color touchscreen and creative hands-on controllers. Experience the metamorphosis of a legend with the all-new JUPITER-80!

      Past, present, and future sound
      The JUPITER-80 nods to its past with lethal, multi-layered SuperNATURAL synthesizer tones so fat you'll need a knife to cut through it, but that's only the beginning of what this powerhouse synth will do. Gigging musicians will love the stockpile of essential sounds onboard, including Roland's famous SuperNATURAL Piano, strings, brass, and much more. The JUPITER-80 puts a fast-access user interface under your fingers—a dream for live performance. Its heavyweight design, complete with metal side panels, recalls the legendary JUPITER but with a modern twist.

      Powerful live sets featuring four-tone structure and registrations
      JUPITER-80's sound engine handles four x tones with dedicated DSP per tone as a basic unit "Live Set" for manual performance. Layering of Upper and Lower Live Sets, plus a specialized "SOLO" part, means the incredibly massive nine-tone-stack sound. Customized complex settings can be saved as Registrations, and easily recalled during live performance.

      Tone blender
      You will love the deep possibilities of the stackable SuperNATURAL architecture and unique features such as Tone Blender, which tweaks values of multiple parameters simultaneously and lets you "Capture" any new combination and save it as a Live Set. Create complex, emotional textures that respond, react, and evolve like nothing you've heard before. Tone Blender can also dramatically enhance your live-performance capabilities by letting you assign its multiple parameters to controllers such as the D Beam.

      Features
      • Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more
      • Single Tone is equivalent to the performance of powerful single synthesizer—stack four of these to create a mind-blowing "Live Set"
      • Tone Blender tweaks multiple parameters of tones in realtime for complex, emotive sonic movement during performance
      • Fast, friendly operation with intuitive front panel and color touchscreen optimized for live performance
      • 76-note semi-weighted synth keyboard, and 256 polyphonic voices (varies according to sound-generator load)
      • USB-memory Song Player/Recorder for backing tracks or quick idea capture
      • Easy integration with computers via built-in USB-MIDI/Audio interface

      If you missed out on your chance to own a Jupiter synth, your time has come. Order today!

       

      Jupiter-80 Synthesizer Specifications:

      • Keyboard: 76 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
      • Maximum Polyphony: 256 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
      • Parts: 4 parts (Upper, Lower, Solo, Percussion)
      • Registrations: 256 (including pre-loaded registrations)
      • Live Sets: 2,560 (including pre-loaded Live Sets)
      • Effects:
      • Live Set (Upper/Lower part)
      • Multi-effects (MFX): 4 units (parallel connection only), 76 types per each Upper/Lower (total: 8 units)
      • Reverb: 1 unit, 5 types per each Upper/Lower (total: 2 units)
      • Solo part/Percussion part
      • Compressor + Equalizer + Delay: 1 set per each Solo/Percussion (total: 2 sets)
      • Reverb: 1 unit, 5 types
      • Master effects
      • 4-band equalizer: 1 unit
      • USB Memory Song Player/Recorder Section:
      • Tracks: 1 stereo track
      • Playable File Format: WAV, AIFF, MP3
      • Recording File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit Linear, stereo)
      • Effects: 4-band equalizer
      • External Memory: USB flash memory (sold separately)
      • * Use USB flash drive sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.
      • Arpeggiator:
      • Preset: 128 styles
      • User: 128 styles
      • Harmony Intelligence: 17 types
      • Controllers:
      • D Beam Controller
      • Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
      • Assignable buttons (S1, S2)
      • Assignable knobs (E1--E4)
      • PART LEVEL sliders (PERC, LOWER, UPPER, SOLO)
      • Display: Graphic color LCD 800 x 480 dots (touch screen)
      • Connectors:
      • PHONES jack (stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
      • MAIN OUT jacks (L, R) (XLR type)
      • MAIN OUT jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch TRS phone type)
      • SUB OUT jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
      • AUDIO IN jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
      • DIGITAL AUDIO OUT jack (COAXIAL)
      • FOOT PEDAL jacks (CTRL 1, CTRL 2, HOLD)
      • MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU)
      • USB COMPUTER port (Audio/MIDI)
      • USB Memory port
      • AC IN jack
      • Power Consumption: 25 W
      • Dimensions:Width: 48-1/2" (1,231 mm)
      • Depth: 17-5/16" (439 mm)
      • Height: 5-1/2" (140 mm)
      • Weight: 39 lb. 1 oz. (17.7 kg)
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      RolandJupiter-80 Synthesizer
       
      4.4

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      Pros

      • Touch sensitive keys (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic music (3)

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        5.0

        Take the time and learn to use it!

        By Cap tube

        from Tappan NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music

          Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:

          Great synthesizer, I absolutely love it now that I had a chance to really learn it. Very happy with it.

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          5.0

          Nice solid heavy synth!!

          By Kurtis388

          from Palos Hills Illinois

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:

            As you have read in other reviews, you need to tweak this board. The sounds are great out of the box, but any true boardist will create there own sounds. Also, for those that complain about a board being too heavy..STOP!! This is built like a tank and I love it. I cant stand boards that are built lighter and cheaper.

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            4.0

            When over the top isn't enough....

            By replicand

            from Hollywood, ca

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            Pros

            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

            • Chamber Music
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning

            Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:

            I love my Gaia SH-01, but it has two major shortcomings: the keyboard range is too limited, and using its GM module can be a little unpredictable in a live situation without a computer. I've been looking for something to replace my antiquated master keyboard; unfortunately, looks like the Gaia might be replaced as well.

            Let's begin with what the Jupiter 80 is and is not. The Jupiter 80 is a performance synth, made to be played in real time. Though it can be addressed multi-timbrally by a sequencer via layers and splits, generally speaking, this is not the philosophy behind it.

            As far as sound architecture is concerned, it is divided in two: a sort-of General MIDI module on steroids (explained in greater depth later) and a Virtual Analog environment, in any combination of four stacked parts and / or three parts + percussion, billed as Super Natural Acoustic and Super Natural Synth respectively.

            Super Natural Acoustic is an ersatz GM set which combines physical modeling with performance modeling. Physical modeling of the piano, for instance, includes "hammer noise", "sympathetic string vibrations" parameters, etc. Each physically modeled GM instrument has parameters specific to its method of sound production. So the Drawbar Organ, as another example, has the ability to adjust the drawbars individually, adjust key click intensity, crosstalk from other tone wheels, so forth and so on.

            Performance modeling is the BEHAVIOR which an instrument articulates. For example, the descending glissando of a trumpet speaks idiomatically different from, say, the hammer-on of a guitar, or the pizzicato of an orchestral string instrument. All of these nuances are handled in real-time (via controllers) and specific to each instrument.

            The Super Natural Synth section is - on first glance - similar to the Gaia: three independent but stacked single-oscillator synths (each with their own LFOs / filters / envelopes), but a "part" allows layering for four of them, and a "registration" allows your to layer and / or split four parts (potentially 16 oscillators per voice across the keyboard *before* you layer a Super Natural Acoustic). Any film composers or Foley guys out there?

            24 hours in, I have two first impressions: (1) everything about this board, from its physical footprint to its sound is massive - subtlety is not what I would associate with it; (2) I am sad that the sound designers sought to overwhelm (upon first glance) rather than milk the sounds possible. It's too thick. It's too big. It's good to know it's there when you need it, but as a sound designer, I feel like I've been short-sighted with the possibilities this board can offer. Guess I will have to explore on my own.

            I am not unsatisfied.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not the Best but Not All That Bad Either

            Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:

            If you are replacing a workstation & want this....DON'T! This is not a workstation. I kept my V-Synth GT strickly for the Vocoder and sequencer. I have the Kronos for the sampling and workstation stuff. I've hung on to my Motif XS because out of the box I can play a lot of familiar sounds if I was doing covers of songs(like 80's music).
            The progamability of this is, to me, far more easier to use than the Motif or especially the Kronos(which is really deep). It's a keeper for me, but will not make everyone happy so decide what you need first. Otherwise you may regret it!
            I've owned several keyboards over the years. I've had several vintage ones to compare it to also. The sounds "overall" are not as good as a upper level Kurzweil or Motif. But, & I do mean "BUT"....once you get into it & tweak the sounds, not half bad! I think the real problem is that Roland decided to layer & layer the sounds on top of its self & nothing really comes through as clear or clean or really usable. Once you start turning sounds off and get into it more, you start picking up actual sounds that either sound famiiar or can be used.
            The build I feel is really nice. Even nicer than the Motif XS. It does have metal so it feels solid. I happen to own a 88 key Kronos and in comparison, the J80 feels more solid to me(the Kronos has plastic sides and something like cardboard/pressboard on the bottom-obviously to cut down on weight and cost.)
            As I've gotten older, I do not buy "cheapy" keyboards anymore. Not worth it. So comparing it to the others out there for the price, it is a bit pricey. I was fortunate enough to get this for $2600 total so it that range, it's better than average. At $3500, get either a Motif XS, a Kurzweil PC3 or even a Kronos. If you shop around, either of these 3 could probably be bought around 3K.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So... how does it sound?

            By Bob Manson

            from Concord, CA

            Comments about Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer:

            The JP-80 has a number of "Jupiter-8" registrations and live sets, and presumably they sound something like the JP-8. Because everything is modeled it's not likely it sounds exactly like a JP-8, though the brass patches sound pretty similar to my MKS80's brass patches. However, they aren't identical, which could be either a good thing or a bad thing. I do know I'd prefer to buy the JP-80 than a JP-8 at its current insane prices.
            The Jupiter-80 is loaded with a few features which set it apart from the competition: SuperNATURAL instrument sounds, a harmony accompiament, touchscreen, over 1900 synthesized tones, ease of use on-stage thanks to the front-panel registration selector.
            Really well built (it better be since it weighs 40lbs), keyboard is responsive and comfortable to use, touchscreen is bright and easy to use (though a stylus helps).
            At its current price it's awful expensive. Despite its many capabilities it's not getting as much use as I'd like--seems I use it more as a MIDI controller rather than an instrument. Setting up new patches is difficult and an exercise in patience, thanks to the many layers and frustration of using the synth tone editor (lots of tiny knobs, sliders and buttons).

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