Offering the same unique sound palette as the legendary Roland Jupiter 8, the Jupiter-8 V virtual instrument is a sound designer's dream. Based on the latest version of TAE, the Jupiter-8 V also offer... Read More
Offering the same unique sound palette as the legendary Roland Jupiter 8, the Jupiter-8 V virtual instrument is a sound designer's dream. Based on the latest version of TAE, the Jupiter-8 V also offers a host of modern features: an advanced step sequencer, a new line of dynamic effects, a module combining LFO's (called Galaxy), and lots more.
An Accurate Recreation of the Roland Jupiter-8
The legacy of the Roland Jupiter synthesizers is due to their unique voice architecture and design, creating sounds that were so unreal that they have to be heard. For many musicians no other synths in the world can create analog sounds as cool and as authentic as these and it's now available for computer-based studios in a virtual format.
The Jupiter-8 synth offers a very interesting combination of a high-pass, non-resonant filter and a low-pass resonant filter. The arpeggiator and the keyboard split make it a remarkable performance keyboard. Fast envelopes and precise oscillators confer to the Roland Jupiter-8's sounds its famous versatility.
A Virtual Instrument with Innovative Additions
With the Jupiter-8V virtual instrument, Arturia brings this magic back while adding a new generation of features to the virtual Roland synth opening a unique and contemporary sound palette:
The virtual instrument software's Galaxy allows the user to choose from different LFO types and intertwine them together into a single unique modulation source, giving a new evolving element to the sound of the Jupiter 8.
The Jupiter's step sequencer is also an assignable modulation source, which allows for easily generated patterns to be used to control the many interesting parameters of the virtual instrument's sound.
In addition to the step sequencer and Galaxy modulation sources, each voice of the virtual synth now has its own suite of creative effects, which can be inserted into the main synthesizer signal path in each voice. Key parameters from each effect can be modulated by chosen sources, adding a new contemporary dimension to the traditional subtractive synthesis sound of the original Jupiter 8 synth.
A Little Bit of History
Back to the early 80s, the Prophet 5 and Oberheim OB series dominated the polyphonic synthesizer market. Having that in mind, the Roland Jupiter-8's success, initiated in 1981, took everyone by storm.
But what made the Jupiter-8 so successful? Well, in terms of sonic possibilities, the synth complemented its competition by bringing something different. The Jupiter-8 was capable of creating very versatile sounds. You could easily make fat or crystal sounds with it. In fact, the Jupiter-8 synthesizer sounded the way it looked—sleek and polished.
The electro-pop community became quickly convinced by the qualities of the Jupiter-8 synthesizer. "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was produced incorporating a Jupiter 8, and players such as Vince Clarke, John Foxx, and Martyn Ware were also using it. The path to classic status of the Jupiter started there. Other artists that have used The Jupiter-8 include Tangerine Dream, Underworld, Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Prince, Gary Wright, Adrian Lee, Heaven 17, Kitaro, Elvis Costello, Tears for Fears, Huey Lewis and the News, Journey, Devo, Freddy Fresh, Simple Minds, Jan Hammer, and BT.
Compatibility Notice: OS X 10.11 El Capitan (release date 9/30/15)
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This is an excellent emulation of a Roland Jupiter-8. It will utilize a fair amount of processor power, but it was not a problem using it as a single instance virtual instrument. The only thing I was not crazy about was the lack of dedicated detail controls for the effects, and the effects have a lot to do with the sound of the patches. You can control the effects, but you have go through a couple of menu screens to do it, and an extra set of knobs and sliders added to the front panel would have been a nice, very useful feature. It does sound very close to the real thing, and is a blast to program. It is amazing that you can get all these great vintage synths for next to nothing, and they never go out of tune or get dirty pots, etc. Great job.
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