Apr 8


Namm has come and gone and we are still awaiting many of the products to get to the shops and already we are at Musikmesse Frankfurt with the slightly leaked news of a new Jupiter Synth from Roland – the JUPITER-80 Synthesizer. Roland tell us that this is a keyboard that represents an unprecedented leap in the pursuit of the most realistic and authentically expressive electronic musical instrument, just as its namesake did when it was launched 30 years ago.

This new Jupiter Synth has a thin sleek and colourful-looking design that looks similar to the original JUPITER-8 and it is a three-oscillator virtual analog synthesizer with 76 keys (not 72 as mentioned in some articles), a cool looking touchscreen, analogue modelling, digital synthesis, and Roland’s current SuperNATURAL expressiveness all in one live performance synthesizer.

In terms of SuperNATURAL sounds, it far exceeds its flagship Fantom G as it not only contains a complete suite of SuperNATURAL sounds—piano, brass, strings, guitar, and more in this one keyboard but incredibly it constantly analyses the player’s natural keyboard performance to produce continuous authentic performance of the selected sound – all without altering the player’s normal keyboard technique. SuperNATURAL is now under the control of behaviour modelling – I must get to try this.

Roland give us the “Ground Up” talk

The Legendary Howard Jones


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 – for 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) for 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 – 1 stereo track – Audio File: WAV, AIFF, MP3
Recording File Format – Audio File: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16-bit Linear, stereo)
Effects – 4-Band Equalizer: 1 unit

External Memory – USB Flash Memory (sold separately)

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

Accessories – Owner’s manual CD-ROM (USB Audio/MIDI driver) DVD-ROM (SONAR LE) USB MEMORY Protector Power Cord

Width – 1230.9 mm / 48-1/2 inches

Depth – 439.3 mm / 17-5/16 inches

Height – 139.6 mm / 5-1/2 inches

Weight – 17.7 kg / 39 lbs. 1 oz.

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