Roland Jupiter-8

Roland Jupiter-8

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Jupiter-8, Analog Synth from Roland in the Jupiter series.

8 user reviews

Roland Jupiter-8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: Jupiter-8
  • Series: Jupiter
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Roland Jupiter-8 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 8 reviews )
 7 reviews88 %
 1 user review13 %
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JP8's review"Best analogue poly-synth ever?"

Roland Jupiter-8
The JP8 is one piece of gear I will never part with. Its sound is huge (or thin if desired), warm and very useful for any kind of music. As a composer of film music and new age, I really like the slowly drifting string sounds with a litte filter growl on the bottom end. I just love the sound of the JP8.

I own a pre-DCB unit, so MIDI-fying it is a bit of a problem. I couldn't get myself to cutting holes in my beloved synth anyway...

Tweeking your sounds is a breeze! Just turn the knob or shift the lever to the desired position and you will be instantly gratified with the sonic results. This is the true power of analogue synthesizers: its hands-on editing.

As these synths get older (production year 1983) you're bound to run into some foults like memory loss because of the empty battery that needs to be replaced. It's not unlikely that some mechanical faults will happen in time. I had to replace a voice-chip myself in 1997. As spare parts are getting more rare by the year, it is good to keep that in mind and service your unit regularly.

Is this the best analogue polyphonic synthesizer ever? Considering the other synths from the early 80s, I'd say ' Yes'! It is stable (after warming up and using the auto-tune), built like a tank and meant to last, and it has all the sonic power you'll ever need.

studiohome's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" super stable, great"

Roland Jupiter-8
Everything has been said about that. Mine is internal noon meets without pb


Again, as we know, each parameter has its knob ....


The keyboard is great, it's amazing after 30 years it is nickel, very nice, soft. I am mostly with electro. For some sounds must put an end, I torque to the Ensoniq DP4 + is really great.


13 years ago that I have. I love the stability, support autotune just after 5 minutes heating. The strength, reliability (the most reliable of all analog I had), the sound of course. The weight is his fault but hey you can not do everything. It is not easily did the same thing with this app is clear but true for most analos. The debate on the price is ridiculous and sterile (so is the collection of old cars, etc ... you believe a Citroen DS 80 000 euros is justified?!). We can make great music without a jupiter 8 it is clear, even though I love it.

Notator's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" JUPITER 8, 'the great'"

Roland Jupiter-8
This is an 8 voice or cleavable Stackable 2 x 4 votes.
For voice, he has 1 LFO, VCO 2, 2 filters (HPF, VCF), 1 VCA, 2 envelopes.
It has a pretty nice arpeggiator.
The keyboard is 5 octaves, not dynamic.
It has 64 modifiable memories and memories Thurs 8

It is not original MIDI, but can be equipped with a MIDI interface and some allow to add the dynamic pressure.

I have noted that 'good' for this section, because of the limitations of origin, but that can pass 'perfect' by equipping it with a good MIDI interface, such as Groove Electronics, society unfortunately disappeared .


It was designed with exemplary ergonomics: a button, a function, in addition, controls are arranged in a logical way, according to the diagram of the machine. It 'sees' what you do.

The instructions are very clear and detailed.

Editing sounds is easy, but take the time to 'dig', because the settings are interactive.

From my experience, it is very robust, never crashed.


The sound is great and 'living', the JP8 has a 'big' sound, fishing, definitely.
This is not 'squeaker squeaker' is Star Wars.

Envelopes know to be very fast, and the filter is superb, allowing beautiful sweeps, modulation, metallic silky sheets ...
The sound is very bright, with a strong personality, very expressive.
It allows a wide range of sounds, as long as you take the trouble to program sounds, and not just factory sounds like too often.

My set is my lead synth, this is not the kind to stay behind, 'contained'.


I since its release, it had cost me an arm at the time, but I do not regret it.
It was sold off for a while, because it was neither South nor dynamic, but this is not the case now, especially with a good MIDI interface can overcome these drawbacks.

It is true that it has become very expensive and highly sought after, but there have been only 3000 made, and some have disappeared.

It has its incomparable, 'living', a JP8000, for example, can not find.

petitsynthe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perhaps one of the tops of polyphonic, but ..."

Roland Jupiter-8
(I should note that this notice is not complete yet)).

Everything has been said about the features!


Simple slider = a / knob by parameter.
This does not mean that opportunities are not very important in synthesis for an analog (non-modular, but polyphonic).


I think the sound is "rough", very raw, very restrained compared to a Prophet 5 for example because more stable at the VCO (more Japanese sound).
The envelopes are particularly fast
It is very versatile, but it will send a multi-purpose external to a satisfactory result, except for the sounds "bass synth" which can be sufficed themselves (like all analog).


I had in my "youth" (1997-1998) during a year: at the time I was not experienced enough to really master it, I bought it used more by "fantasy" (as many here) and I was a bit disappointed necessarily, "it's nice to play it, but how to integrate it easily into a component?" especially at the time I did not have a good level of play and more than did their virtual appearances: "What is certain is death hardware synthesizers, even analog!" (Quote from a vendor Piano Show at that time).
So I sold ...

I really wanted to give my opinion that if it's a great synth in absolute prices seem disproportionate now (mostly because it is hard to find!).

After all we can do most basic analog sounds (the most useful part of a component) with a Juno 60 (I see that gasp!).

We want to keep it for its sound but seeing the prices soar, it's probably too tempting to resell ("fatigue", lack of money and whim: to whom does it not happen ?) saw huge profit there is to it (I do not quote anyone).

In my opinion, unless collector or afford the prices secondhand no longer justified.

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