Sep 20

It looks like Roland’s secret is out as someone has accidently leaked details of three new (rather old) synths as small desk models:- The Roland JP-08 synthesizer module, the Roland JU-06 synthesizer module and the Roland JX-03 synthesizer module. Have a look here:-




All looking very colourful like the originals. I can’t help feeling Roland has done this to directly compete with Yamaha’s Reface series of Keyboards which are their reimagined interfaces of classic Yamaha keyboards. Personally I think it is great to see these classics from both Yamaha and Roland.

I am pleased that Roland do not have a small keybed attached to their modules, although you can get the K-25m keyboard unit if you wish. Instead of spending £2000 on one keyboard that does all we will all be buying 10 little synths at £300 each. Where do you put them all?

Anyway I quite fancy the Roland JP-08 synthesizer module but I would like to hear it and have a go first. Even though the JP-08 is an authentic recreation of the Jupiter-8, Roland also included a few extras. The JP-08 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.

The JP-08 is all about hands-on control and that iconic Jupiter sound. With an array of 36 knobs and sliders from the original Jupiter-8 front panel, the 4-voice JP-08 is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation, especially with the built-in speaker and battery operation. Using Roland’s acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology the JP-08 faithfully reproduces the original Jupiter-8 sounds.

Here is the Spec of the JP-08 to get you interested:-
aximum Polyphony: 4 voices
– User Memory: Patch Preset: 8, Patch: 64
– Controllers: VOLUME knob, Ribbon controllers 1, 2
– LFO Section:
– RATE slider
– DELAY TIME slider
– WAVE FORM select knob
– VCO MOD Section:
– LFO MOD slider
– ENV MOD slider
– FREQ MOD select switch
– PULSE WIDTH MOD select switch
– VCO-1 Section:
– CROSS MOD slider
– RANGE select knob
– WAVE FORM select knob
– VCO-2 Section:
– SYNC switch
– RANGE select knob
– FINE TUNE knob
– WAVE FORM select knob
– MIXER Section: SOURCE MIX knob
– HPF Section: CUTOFF slider
– VCF Section:
– CUTOFF slider
– RESONANCE slider
– SLOPE switch
– LFO MOD slider
– ENV MOD slider
– ENV switch
– KEY FOLLOW slider
– VCA Section: LEVEL slider, LFO MOD switch
– ENV-1 Section:
– ATTACK TIME slider
– DECAY TIME slider
– Polarity switch
– ENV-2 Section:
– ATTACK TIME slider
– DECAY TIME slider
– KEY FOLLOW switch
– Effects: Delay
– Step Sequencer: 16 step, 16 pattern
– Nominal Input Level: INPUT jack: -0 dBu
-Display: 7 segments, 2 characters (LED)
– Connectors:
– PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
– OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
– INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
– MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
– USB port: MicroB type (Audio, MIDI)
– Power Supply:
– Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
– Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
– USB bus power
– Current Draw: 500 mA (USB bus power)
– Dimensions: (W x D x H) 11-13/16 x 5-1/16 x 1-13/16″ (300 x 128 x 46mm)
– Weight (including batteries): 2 lbs. 3 oz. (970 g)
– Accessories: Owner’s Manual, Leaflet “USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
– Options (sold separately): Keyboard unit: K-25m

Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JP-08

I suppose I will have to wait until Roland officially announce it and release it, looks like a useful Christmas present.

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