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Roland relaunched the Jupiter range last year with the Jupiter 80, it caused quite a stir and not necessarily for all the right reasons. Firstly, comparisons with the Jupiter 8 weren’t entirely unexpected given the new keyboards name, although the analog purists weren’t appreciative that it's focus was on emulating acoustic tones as well as analog modeling capabilities.
It was also their flagship keyboard and had a price tag to reflect this - in the UK the street price is around the £2,700 mark which is a lot by anyone’s measure.
In March, Roland introduced the Jupiter 50, a more affordable instrument with some cut down features (less polyphony, no colour touch screen), but still the same SuperNATURAL sound engine and Behaviour Modelling - which intelligently interprets your playing into acoustic articulations for added realism.
Not due for release in the UK till July (I know we say June in the video, but the date changed), we had a visit from the Jupiter 50 together with freelance product specialist Gareth Bowen (he’s been Musical Director for Tricky and his live shows for the last 15 years).
Gareth took us through some of the key features as well as answering some probing questions.
So grab a beverage and sit back and enjoy this in-depth presentation.
The Jupiter 50 is released in the UK in July 2012 at an expected street price of £1600.
Gaz Williams has one and he brought it round
We take a look at this very eloquent sequencer