Synth Site: Roland: Jupiter 4: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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neven a professional user from berlin writes:
i totally agree w/you, calle. it´s the sonically most beautiful machine roland ever built. i only wish there was a synth that combined the jupe-4´s old-school lushness and weirdness with the programming capability of the jupes 6/8. Here´s my dream:1) add a second osc 2) improve bass response. Anyone ever modified his? I´d be interested to know...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-02-2002 at 07:37
calle from sweden writes:
The Jupiter-4 is so much more interesting sonically than its succesors 6 & 8. Don´t be fooled by the seemingly spartan specs - combine the arpeggiator, Sample&Hold (named VCFmod), LFO with some swift knobtwiddling/pitchbending and you can coax sounds out of it you´d normally associate with modulars. The filter is filled with character - especially when you overdrive the VCA just a tad and turn up the resonance - beautiful overtones on the verge of breakdown. Added bonus is good looks. And best of all...for some reason every tone that comes out of the Jupiter-4 seems to emanate from the future somehow.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-01-2002 at 20:20
Moogulator a part-time user from germany / northern mars writes:
btw: I hear polsix ?? imo this is not even a valid comparison.. completely different .. I would not even dare to think of a polysix when I can get a jupiter 4 or promars.. and about polyphony?? who cares? 4 voice is ok easy midi-able - or take the promars (monohonic but another VCO)

sorry for 2 posts. but I saw ppl mentioning the polysix.. and imo thats a very bad comparison.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-28-2002 at 21:28
Moogulator a part-time user from germany writes:
the Jupiter 4 and the Promars are quite special.. imo even better than a juno, of course it's not because of the 8 presets ;) but for its fast lfo at bout 80-100hz max and well tuned reso sounds.. it can sound cold and warm at the same time for these sounds: you can route the lfo to vco,vcf or pwm .. so the combination of these paramters are the real secret of this synth.. it is not complex like the kind of synth I normally prefer.. but I found an old DAT with some sounds.. it can sound very warm and in times of VAs one might think: where the hell has the broad sound gone? the jupiter 4 and promars have it.. I also like the way you can do industrial sounds with..

now I am a bit sad to have it sold.. so if you are searching for a good sound but not tooo complex this is the synth! that LFO makes it able to do sounds even the jupiter 6 (a long big love) could not do..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-28-2002 at 21:24
Bjorn Larsen a part-time user from Norway writes:
It is surprising to see how popular this synth has become. I bought my Jupiter-4 new in 1980 (I could not afford the Jupiter-8, which I always has regarded as one of the finest poly-synthesizers ever made) and sold it in 1983 when I upgraded to a JP-6. My experiences with this synth were that mine was a notorious unstable beast regarding tuning between the voice boards. It needed half an hour of warm-up; even then it could sound quite horrible when you hold down a chord. It was possible to calibrate the oscillators, but it would not last long before the oscillators were detuned again. Only 4 voices was also a real limitation when it comes to playing extended harmonies. I never felt comfortable playing live with it because of this. It is not a very advanced synthesizer; it has a quite simple configuration with only one oscillator (+sub) for each voice. Compared to its 2OSC “brothers” (jp-8 and jp-6) it sounds thinner and is not suited for producing nice sounds like string/pad sounds (the chorus switch may help a bit, but the chorus circuit is not good either. Still it is capable for leads, basses and fx. The force of this machine is first a good filter, which can really scream when brought into self-oscillation, then the very good arpeggiator and at last a LFO section with different waveforms including random, which can produce weird electronic effects by modulating VCO,VCF and VCA sections. I never regarded it as any beauty with its organ-style design. It has 8 user memories and 8 unusable pre-sets. The Jupiter-4 soon became obsolete throughout the eighties when cheaper polysynths like the Juno series and Korg’s Polysix came out, often at much lower prices than the JP-4. The Juno-60 for instance had many of JP-4’s features including arpeggio and had more polyphony, more user memory, steady tuning provided by DCO’s and finally the pre-midi interface (DCB).

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-13-2002 at 03:32
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