All user reviews for the Roland Jupiter-80
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Roland Jupiter-80 Mini-Review - Stage Master
In an era where workstations are more powerful and complex every day, Roland has introduced a large stage synth that uses hybrid technology based on PCM, virtual analog technology and modeling of acoustic instrument behavior. Let's have a closer look...
Studioliv's review"High-powered = 10 JD800 piled up!"
To be honest, there's no need for a manual. It's rather easy to use.
Sound editing is pretty traditional. You can start either with a modeled waveform (sine, saw, square, SH, and super saw) or with sampled waveforms from classic and renowned synths, or with a hyper realistic "super acoustic" sound.
I was a bit disappointed to learn that the Jupiter 80 has less "super acoustic" sounds than the Integra.
But the Jupiter is good for purely electronics sounds, as well as for realistic sounds (it has some fabulous brasses).
In terms of electronic sounds, the options are huge...From vintage sounds with character to modern sounds (modern sounds that take from vintage sounds all the same).
The sounds are great for any style of music.
I have almost never heard such a realistic and warm orchestral sound. That's certainly due to the possibility to layer several sounds without too many surprises, given the 256-voice polyphony.
Hence, you can increase the sustain of your pads without the notes being cutoff due to the lack of polyphony voices available.
In this video of mine (youtube.com/watch?v=RaI5ZXH69zw), there's a pad with a very long sustain underneath the piano. I can't do that with my other synths that have 128 polyphony voices.
The piano is often criticized...You be the judge of its quality and purity: youtube.com/watch?v=OfkstfvQu7M&list=UUwnDgSStLuFagET1RmBF8ww&feature=c4-overview)
That video is worth more than a thousand words. Afterwards, there's not much to say about the piano.
I recently found the samples corresponding to the Strings of the VP330 among the long list of samples. I recognized it by ear, because the name is not too explicit. I compared it to the Xils V+ and the VP330 video, and it's exactly the same sound.
So, you have typical Jupiter 8 and Juno sounds, plus more modern and realistic sounds.
The effects are excellent although I sometimes think they sound cold, metallic. I had to find something negative...Although they are really good, anyway.
The aftertouch is hard! You have to press real hard...A pity! And the LFO modulation is not assignable to the aftertouch...A pity again!
The arpeggiator is not entirely programmable directly from the Jupiter. You need to first create the arpeggio and then import it as a MIDI file. Actually, you can import an arpeggio or an entire chord sequence to accompany a song, because it's a MIDI file. In this video I play the bass with the left hand, the melody with the right, the USB key playbacks the drums in WAV or AIFF and the arpeggiator triggers the chord sequence: youtube.com/watch?v=f7pSOMuAyEw&list=UUwnDgSStLuFagET1RmBF8ww
(I know, the sound isn't the best and the image is inverted, but you get the idea)
In short, the Jupiter is truly made for all styles.
It can even be used as a soundcard.
I own a JD800. And the Jupiter 80 is like having ten JD800s piled up! If you know that a performance is made up of four sounds, that you can layer two performances (that's already eight JD800), plus the Solo and Percussion parts, you get the ten JD800!!!
I've had it for a year now. At first, like most people, I asked myself whether buying it had been a bad move. But with time I have come to master it by playing, discovering, comparing. And I don't regret anything now.
Other than the fact that many of my other things sound like toys in comparison...I would love to get a Little Phatty to really boost the quality of my home studio.
It was pretty expensive at first (3300 euros), but now its price is more reasonable (2600 euros). For that price, you can expect a good sounding synth, if it's not a workstation. I am not disappointed at all!
Oliver Sp@rk's review"Simply the best!"
a) It's really hefty! It's beautiful...it's a Roland!
b) Manual? What manual? It's so intuitive and user-friendly that I haven't even bothered to open it...Once you've understood how the banks are organized (which takes you five minutes), you can start enjoying!
c) Ultra-comprehensive editing, it's simple and intuitive: It's perfect!!!
It's great for all kinds of music, from accordion music to metal, pop and rock! Between the kronos, which obviously features karma (although incontrollable), and the jupiter80 with well-made and effective arpeggios...I wouldn't hesitate a second!
The supernatural sounds, as well the other sounds, are superb. They have punch! And superimposing the layers you get wicked results...I L O V E I T!!!
A small recap: I have the roland juno g, roland fantom x7, korg kronos 61, and now the jupiter 80!
I chose it due to its 76-key keyboard, aftertouch, huge editing possibilities, look ...but also for its ease of use!
I bought a kronos61 earlier his year...and sold it right away! The sound quality is great. The possibilities of the kronos are stupefying and without a doubt better than those of the Jupiter 80 (in terms of sequencer, sampling, etc.)...But unfortunately, it's no fun to have to meddle 30 minutes to program a sound, browsing the unreadable sub-sub-sub-sub-menus. Sound engineers can keep the kronos to themselves...I have only one hour to play music, every second counts!
The Jupiter is a stage keyboard, a sort that's not easy to come by! You can create sounds in less time that you can say it...and not just any sounds! Wow!!!! What a punch!!! Sounds are ultra-realistic!
The Jupiter is perfect for musicians who don't have too much spare time! It turns on in 10 seconds, the display is easily readable, beautiful and precise (unlike the kronos!).
Installing the drivers on a PC poses no issues.
I would've liked to have more connection options on the rear...but other than that, I'm very happy with it!
I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again!
Seith's review"Not bad at all"
Korg ought to take note of the vst drivers, they are stable and effective.
Hyper-simple configuration. I had it all under control within 30 minutes.
The sounds are good and it has potential.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, you should have something else too, like a motif or a kronos. It's a great machine, but its range of sounds isn't the best-suited for everything.
It can't be compared to the kronos. I have a kronos x88 and I'm thrilled with it. It's a great unit that allows me to install my vsts. The Jupiter complements it perfectly and has nothing to be ashamed of, but its range of sounds...
So, if you have the money, it's all right.
As for the vsts, I believe it's the beginning of the end. There's nothing new coming out and I have the best: komplete 8 ultimate, omnisphere, etc...The Jupiter and kronos shred them all to pieces easily.
AlanForPresident's review"o my.."
Its not the easiest keyboard to get used to, everything with it is complex and indepth. I am not sure if I would want to go through all of those options and menu’s if I had the board here at my house.
The best part about the roland Jupiter 80 is the sounds, thre are so many different sounds that come on it and so many of them are so good . I cant believe how good some of the rhods sound and the basses and the strings are perfect to me. I havent heard strings on any other keyboard sound as good as the did on the Jupiter 80. The strings alone made me want to sell some of my gear so I could afford to get the Jupiter 80. All of the sounds are really thick and full,.
Another Great thing about the Jupiter 80 is the size of the screen is a good size and it’s a color screen. Not all one screen color like the a lot of other boards. It has different colors for different options and it’s a touch screen. I didn’t even know it was a touch screen untill it was pointed out to me. This is a great board and I think any musician would love to have this, but can we really afford it? If you can it’s a no brainer buy it now.
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Jeffdigit's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A real musical instrument!"
It would quickly say that the view of the number of features, you get more for your money with a Kronos with Jupiter and one that can do more can do less.
This reasoning is certainly true for a computer but not a musical instrument. Jupiter 80 because it is primarily a musical instrument, not a computer. It has been designed to offer the best musical expression with the greatest simplicity.
Anyway that's how I see it ...
The architecture of the machine is very simple and is designed for the game (unlike Integra-7 was designed for studio and therefore the composition). In Jupiter, it still plays a registration that can decompose to 1 or 2 liveset (upper and lower parts) of 4 and 2 additional sounds for the percussion and solos. The different parts of a registration can be divided keyboard as desired, either by overlapping, or by splittant.
There are three chainable effects at the registration: compressor, reverb, delay.
There are 4 chainable or non-level effects and 3 livesets effects + EQ + COMP DELAY parts for percussion solo.
There is an arpeggiator at the registration which can drive the parties or upper and lower. The arpeggiator can also control external machines.
The synth part is a single-oscillator structure to three parties.
If you do not think to live (or play let alone live), you can not understand the architecture of the Jupiter 80. In fact the whole point of this structuring of sounds Registration, liveset ... is to easily change the sound of four parts (percussion, lower, upper, solo) during the game by pressing the colored buttons.
The other advantage is that you can have performance parameters at the liveset (therefore we are bound to change during a song) or at the registration (which are relatively fixed for a song).
It is extremely well designed for the game!
There is no need to read the manual to use it. It should perhaps 1h max to understand the logic of the machine and then create their own registrations.
The ergonomics are perfect for play or quickly create their registrations. The screens are perfectly clear and easy access (no need to pen ). In three or four screens max combos, you can access the finest settings.
The only concern is memory management. All banks liveset are met and it is mandatory to sacrifice to store its characters liveset. It's a bit confusing because there usually has factory banks and bank users. Here we deal only with banks already satisfied users!
The keyboard is really nice to use.
This is the most expressive machine that I was required to play. All sounds sound good even if some have asked me to change a few effects for ringing in my way. I think in particular pianos that I found disappointing in the first listen and after adjusting the effects did for me the best piano sound very aggressive and can even be very metal (and yes it is possible on a Roland!).
What is surprising is the presence of sounds both synthetic and acoustic. The synth sounds are enormous. Much more aggressive and present on the Integra-7. The acoustic sounds are also very successful, with an exceptional presence, but still a little below Integra7 in terms of realism.
I found relatively low levels of output with the factory settings, forcing me to raise the level of my mixer (and breath that went with). That was before I go into the system settings back earnings levels. Now it's perfect!
Otherwise I think the reaction to the aftertouch not sensitive enough. My Integra-7 reacted better when aftertouch was controlled by Axiom Pro61.
Capacity modulation of Jupiter are not exceptional. Nothing like a real VA. Nevertheless, it is possible to configure four pots and there is a tone blender function to act on a range of parameters simultaneously. Pedals can be configured to act on the tone blender or a parameter (cutoff, resonance, ...).
I traded my Integra-7 against a Jupiter-80 return for compensation.
I had already fallen for the sounds Supernatural and I just wanted a whole keypad to gain interactivity. I thought finding a Integra-7 in Jupiter, but what was my disappointment at having lost all hyper-realistic acoustic sounds of the Integra (including electric guitars, sax, violin). On the other hand I was very happy to find synth sounds with much more presence with the integration (probably because of the effects of structure because it seems to me that the basic sounds are the same). But after the first week, I actually found a different machine with other quality-oriented play and the ability to quickly create registrations. In fact, the Jupiter-80 and the Integra-7 may well be complementary ...
As it has been said, it's a pretty remarkable machine to play.
And to top it all, this is one of the most beautiful machines to date.
Finally, if you still want to talk to a machine tool that offers so much fun playing with this level of finish.
With experience, I craquerais without hesitation for this Jupiter80 but I keep my Integra-7.
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