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In-depth Feature:  Arturia JP8V
Soniclab: Arturia JP8V - back to the future
The Beast returns - and this time it don't need no flight case.
Shorn Rah writes: .


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The Roland Jupiter 8 was the flagship of the Roland range between 1981 and 1985. It was one bad-ass synth even though only 2000 where produced.

Just about everyone in synth pop used one; Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Depeche Mode, Michael Jackson, Vince Clarke, Howard Jones, Heaven 17, Prince, Tears for Fears, and more recently; Underworld, Moby, William Orbit and No Doubt.

The things that made this baby so epic was really that you could split the keyboard and play two sounds, fast envelopes, the combination of a non-resonant high-pass filter and a resonant low pass filter. It really has the capacity to be both phat and crystal.

Arturia have not only recreated this monster as a soft synth but also added some groovy new features:


Galaxy and the JP
The first is "Galaxy" which allows you 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.

Secondly, a step sequencer which is also an assignable modulation source, it allows for easily generated patterns to be used to control the many interesting parameters of the sound. Last but not least, each voice has its own suite of 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.

    The main features are:
  • More than 400 high quality and innovative sounding presets
  • Up to 32 voices of polyphony, and a Unison mode
  • A unique audio structure coming with 2 oscillators per voice (16 oscillators in total), 2 LFO’s, 2 filters and 2 envelopes.
  • Keyboard split and layer
  • A set of Analog Sounding Effects: Dual Delay, Phaser, Flanger, all three being largely modulatable by any audio source in the synth.
  • 2 digital effects, X and Y.
  • Additional Live-oriented Step-sequencer, additional Galaxy module for advanced modulations
  • Set to Control with your external MIDI keyboard in just a few clicks.
  • Full compatibility with major formats and hosts on Mac OS X and Windows XP (VST, AU, RTAS)

80's throw back Shorn Rah gives it the low down, cuts a few shapes and generally gets into the spirit of the thing. So what's Arturia's emulation like and what does that mad galaxy thing sound like ?

Go splash on some lip gloss, comb you hair into a sideways bouffant quiff, shoulder pads and or leg-warms also good sit back pout, pose and enjoy the review.

Pricing
USD 249
EUR 199

Available now
Windows XP: ASIO, VST, RTAS
Mac OSX: VST, RTAS, AudioUnits

USB port required for dongle.

More Resources              Articles - full listing
  • JP8V Demo
  • Original Jupiter 8
  • Arturia News

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       20 Comments...  
    NateG.    Said...

    One of the worst reviews I have ever seen.

    18-May-07 11:44 PM


    Rick    Said...

    Yeah, totally useless. Tells not very much about the product but bothers you with that fag.

    21-May-07 02:25 PM


    Clifton Cameron    Said...

    Shorn Rah has done an excellent job discussing the features and the creation of Arturia's latest commercial product. I thought it was personal, to the point, and quite excellent. Shorn Rah knew what he was talking about, showed everyone what he was doing, and was thrilled doing so. All I have to say is Rock On . . . Thanks again.

    Clifton Cameron

    22-May-07 11:39 AM


    Clifton Cameron    Said...

    Shorn Rah has done an excellent job discussing the features and the creation of Arturia's latest commercial product. I thought it was personal, to the point, and quite excellent. Shorn Rah knew what he was talking about, showed everyone what he was doing, and was thrilled doing so. All I have to say is Rock On . . . Thanks again.

    Clifton Cameron

    22-May-07 11:40 AM


    Thomas    Said...

    Hell! is one of the most untalented people I have ever seen.. And I'm telling you, that if he'll do a article about a Virus TI , hell i'm not going to buy it! cause he'll do it sucks...

    27-May-07 12:47 PM


    Johno    Said...

    OK, word to all the detractors... instead of just pouring scorn from your armchairs, why don't you have a go? Come on - show us all what *you* can do. If he's 'totally useless' you must be able to do a much better job yourself, right?

    16-Jun-07 06:04 AM


    G    Said...

    I;m sorry to say that but non of the Arturia VST reproductions sounds even close to the real things. Try GMedia though. The JP8v is a great softsynth but no Jupiter at all.

    21-Jun-07 06:58 AM


    me    Said...

    shorn rah is a huge faggot. nobody cares about all the famous people he knows

    18-Aug-07 02:53 PM


    J    Said...

    Dunno... I thought it was awesome - covered what I needed to hear and was entertaining.

    I've heard Americans don't understand irony... maybe that's why all these people hate Shorn

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    unknown    Said...

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    08-Nov-07 11:19 AM


    SHORN RAH    Said...

    Just for the record: I know this product well and I think I went through every feature in enough detail to be interesting but not too slow. All I'm trying to do is entertain and inform ...make reviews a little bit different. I don't know any famous people [apart from Nick] and I'm not gay or a "fag". But I think that people who use that as an insult must be homophobic and very misguided. Thank you for your interest and comments. Lots of love, SHORN RAH

    26-Mar-08 03:08 PM


    uberdork    Said...

    shawn is a brilliant reviewer. he inspired me to buy this crazy vst. its truly sick and a great addition to any arsenal. the only problem is that you can't control your presets with your midi control. you gotta use a mouse to select. kinda lame considering so many vst manufactureres let you assign preset control to your usb keyboard. i have a axiom 61. if any one has discovered a clver way to select presets using 'program'... even in a host software (ableton live 7 anyone), i'd appreciate some tips. thanks and live long shaun!!! hail santa!

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    juan    Said...

    dude... ur name is fukkin awsome...... great job on the review... even though ill never buy it, it was hella entertaining... keep it up bro!!!

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