Jupiter-80 Ships

Roland's new synth hits the stores      23/08/11
Jupiter-80 Ships

Roland has been in touch to tell us that the new JUPITER-80 synthesizer is now shipping. They say that the JUPITER-80 represents an unprecedented leap forward in the pursuit of the most authentically expressive electronic musical instrument, just as the legendary JUPITER-8 did when it was launched 30 years ago. Here's how Roland describe the Jupiter-80 in their latest press release...
Delivering instrumental realism far beyond any electronic instrument ever created, the 76-key, touchscreen-driven JUPITER-80 integrates the highest caliber of analog modeling, digital synthesis, and SuperNATURAL® expressiveness available in a live performance synthesizer, while its sleek industrial design pays homage to the original JUPITER-8. The combination of Roland's most advanced synthesis technologies and design features gives keyboardists an amazingly realistic sound and a truly authentic performance feel.
In addition to SuperNATURAL synth tones, the JUPITER-80 features a complete suite of Roland's famous SuperNATURAL acoustic sounds, including grand piano, brass, strings, guitar, and many more. The SuperNATURAL sound engine incorporates newly developed Behavior Modeling that analyzes the player's performance and produces the authentic behavior of the selected sound. This groundbreaking advancement in digital modeling allows players to express realistic acoustic instrument articulations without altering their normal keyboard technique.
The JUPITER-80 is a dream for live playing, both in the studio and on stage. Layering of Upper and Lower Live Sets, plus a specialized Solo part, gives players the ability to create massive sound stacks, and complex customized settings can be saved as registrations for easy recall while performing. The Tone Blender tweaks multiple tone parameters in real time for complex, emotive sonic movement during performance.
Pricing and Availability:
The JUPITER-80 Synthesizer is shipping now with a suggested retail price of $3,999. More information:


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mattsynth    Said...

At $3,500.00. There are so many great used synths out there for a fraction of that price. Doesn't Roland know we are in a recession? Us musicians don't have that kind of money anyhow.

23-Aug-11 08:07 AM

I Don't Like Music    Said...

JP80 in stores now. Deep price cuts to follow.

23-Aug-11 08:11 AM

timmybuk2    Said...

sadly, the cost is high, the use of the Jupiter name incorrectly by Roland and i see bad news for the Roland on this. Unfortuntley not the direction I would hope they would go.

23-Aug-11 11:25 AM

Gaz    Said...

I have a Roland Gaia which I really like. Very fast and intuitive and most importantly loads of fun. I think Roland missed a trick here. If they had produced an upmarket Gaia with a similar design philosophy, that would have done really well for them I reckon. Sadly the overriding impression I get of the Jupiter 80 is that of a souped up home keyboard on steroids!

23-Aug-11 06:48 PM

The Sun    Said...

The Jupiter-80 has amazing built quality . The touch screen is just like a iPad very vibrant and colorful and moves to touch . Finally the JP-80 solve the problem of sounds drooping out with a industry 1st of 256 voices of polyphony . JP-80 also solves the problem of copying efxs for sound .All effects stay with your sound on the JP-80 so you can just create . Wow ,what a beautiful work flow. The layering that you can do on the JP-80 with so much ease is amazing . I'm talking about making huge evolving beautiful Lord of the Rings type soundtrack in seconds . This is a great time to be a producer or musician . Love

23-Aug-11 11:41 PM

Gtman    Said...

That's a lot of cash to make Lord of the Rings soundtracks. I can do that with a used wavestation for $250.00.

24-Aug-11 12:33 PM

Peter K.    Said...

There are some great things about the Jupiter 80, however, there are some drawbacks. The screen is not like an iPad because it is not multi-touch, which would have been expensive, but useful because that is how you edit the organ drawbars. Currently, you can only move one at a time.

The polyphony is most welcome and helps out a great deal. The large layers one might make can still be made to drop out, but it does take a fat layer and a lot of playing to do so. What I like is that you can play a fat, layered chord, and nothing smears... all the voices fire very quickly.

The synth stuff is great, but lacks the instant access of a Gaia. I hope they make a PG-800 type of box for it.

The acoustic sounds in particular are outstanding, and that is what I think is its greatest strength... the way it can respond to your playing in real time is VERY musical.

Still, I think they will have a tough sell with it, because of the name, and the lack of real time control. But if you like it for what it is, rather than what it isn't, it really is different and incredible.

25-Aug-11 11:51 PM

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