MESSE12: Roland Jupiter 50 Demo

And new OS for JP-80 too      21/03/12

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First port of call this morning was the Roland stand where we were given a demo of the significant new OS update for Roland's Flagship workstation the Jupiter-80.

But perhaps more interesting is the new Roland Jupiter-50, a more affordable new Jupiter.

Expected to street at around £1699.


 

 


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rez_azel    Said...

Impressive!

22-Mar-12 08:32 AM


I Don't Like Music    Said...

I was underwhelmed by the Jupiter 80 when it was introduced: the synthesizer-type sounds seemed impressive but were underrepresented in the demos. Roland chose to sell the supernatural synthesis engine by highlighting the acoustic emulations; a mistake given the Jupiter pedigree. Roland appears to be back on track with the improvements to the OS, the filters modeled on vintage gear, a lower price and a new focus on traditional synthesizer-type sounds. The iPad MPG-80 styled editor is brilliant, as well.

22-Mar-12 09:16 AM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

Good demo track! Good iPad editor!

But I wonder how much use the "Pipe organ" button gets..

22-Mar-12 09:41 AM


s r dhain (juicyaudio)    Said...

the jupiter 80 now sounds ultra tasty with the newer o/s changes (filter, f/x etc), but when i did a google search on the street price, i almost passed out and fell over sideways. If it was just a bit more closer to £2k (or less) , itd be a super smasher in my opinion, humble or otherwise, and also up my street. The current gap between 80 and 50 pricewise is £1k at the listed google street prices..that's enough to buy a tetra and a mopho keyboard.

22-Mar-12 11:30 AM


John Powalski    Said...

I listened to the demos and I don't think the Jup 50 sounds good at all. My old JD-990 sounds a lot better to these ears and the Jup 50 sounds quite thin and digital. What a shame that Roland has to tarnish the JP-8 legend with this (at best) mediocre synth!

22-Mar-12 12:17 PM


Eric    Said...

no aftertouch?!?~ sigh. . .

22-Mar-12 01:23 PM


Arne    Said...

Roland has taken a good "next step" by offering a lower priced synth for the rest of humanity.

However, a stereo, USB song recorder is a long ways off from what this keyboard could truly evolve into, and it also encourages TOO many "Hans Zimmer" types who just like to stack the crap out of everything and go.

In order for this to be TRULY awesome, this needs to morph into a more than servicable workstation ( WITH the 256 poly). It doesn't have to be a "world beater"-it just has to have enough features for folks to be able to at least assemble a close to finished ( or finished?) mix. As a matter, go ahead and make this keyboard a workstation *exclusively* NOT a "be-all, end all" rig ( I think Korg has THAT avenue covered). Being "just" a workstation will mean that Roland can round off some corners instead of cutting them and make a workstation that most everyone can afford.

22-Mar-12 01:53 PM


Arne    Said...

Roland has taken a good "next step" by offering a lower priced synth for the rest of humanity.

However, a stereo, USB song recorder is a long ways off from what this keyboard could truly evolve into, and it also encourages TOO many "Hans Zimmer" types who just like to stack the crap out of everything and go.

In order for this to be TRULY awesome, this needs to morph into a more than servicable workstation ( WITH the 256 poly). It doesn't have to be a "world beater"-it just has to have enough features for folks to be able to at least assemble a close to finished ( or finished?) mix. As a matter, go ahead and make this keyboard a workstation *exclusively* NOT a "be-all, end all" rig ( I think Korg has THAT avenue covered). Being "just" a workstation will mean that Roland can round off some corners instead of cutting them and make a workstation that most everyone can afford.

22-Mar-12 01:54 PM


Arne    Said...

Roland has taken a good "next step" by offering a lower priced synth for the rest of humanity.

However, a stereo, USB song recorder is a long ways off from what this keyboard could truly evolve into, and it also encourages TOO many "Hans Zimmer" types who just like to stack the crap out of everything and go.

In order for this to be TRULY awesome, this needs to morph into a more than servicable workstation ( WITH the 256 poly). It doesn't have to be a "world beater"-it just has to have enough features for folks to be able to at least assemble a close to finished ( or finished?) mix. As a matter, go ahead and make this keyboard a workstation *exclusively* NOT a "be-all, end all" rig ( I think Korg has THAT avenue covered). Being "just" a workstation will mean that Roland can round off some corners instead of cutting them and make a workstation that most everyone can afford.

22-Mar-12 02:19 PM


Arne    Said...

Roland has taken a good "next step" by offering a lower priced synth for the rest of humanity.

However, a stereo, USB song recorder is a long ways off from what this keyboard could truly evolve into, and it also encourages TOO many "Hans Zimmer" types who just like to stack the crap out of everything and go.

In order for this to be TRULY awesome, this needs to morph into a more than servicable workstation ( WITH the 256 poly). It doesn't have to be a "world beater"-it just has to have enough features for folks to be able to at least assemble a close to finished ( or finished?) mix. As a matter, go ahead and make this keyboard a workstation *exclusively* NOT a "be-all, end all" rig ( I think Korg has THAT avenue covered). Being "just" a workstation will mean that Roland can round off some corners instead of cutting them and make a workstation that most everyone can afford.

22-Mar-12 02:44 PM


Arne    Said...

Roland has taken a good "next step" by offering a lower priced synth for the rest of humanity.

However, a stereo, USB song recorder is a long ways off from what this keyboard could truly evolve into, and it also encourages TOO many "Hans Zimmer" types who just like to stack the crap out of everything and go.

In order for this to be TRULY awesome, this needs to morph into a more than servicable workstation ( WITH the 256 poly). It doesn't have to be a "world beater"-it just has to have enough features for folks to be able to at least assemble a close to finished ( or finished?) mix. As a matter, go ahead and make this keyboard a workstation *exclusively* NOT a "be-all, end all" rig ( I think Korg has THAT avenue covered). Being "just" a workstation will mean that Roland can round off some corners instead of cutting them and make a workstation that most everyone can afford.

22-Mar-12 03:09 PM


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