Synth Site: Roland: Jupiter 4: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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PXP MUSIC from United Kingdom writes:
We got one of these from a Garage Sale for about fifty quid, several years ago - it never made it onto our album (shame) but I loved it - we sold it for a hell of a lot more than we paid for it - and I miss it alot, especially the arpegiator, if you get one keep hold of it - it's nice to look at as well as play with - I have fond memories of our one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 10:34
Gerry McLearnan a hobbyist user from England writes:
Really great analogue synthesiser:A bit heavy,but who cares! The best arpeggiator in the world:Same functions as the JP8s?

Love the sub-oscillator:Get that dark chord baby!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 18:46
Thomas Kahn a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
The first time I heard the Jupiter 4 I was at a friends place and since he was short of cash he wanted to sell me his unit. He was more into aggressive synths like the OSCar, so the Jupiter 4 was a sacrifice he was ready to make. I switched it on, fiddled a bit with the controls and after a while, out came the sounds of Vince Clarke and Yazoo! I was totally blown away and bought it on the spot.

The sound had round edges and yet you could feel the sharp power that resided within it. I activaded the arpeggio, struck a nice chord and twiddled with the HP/LP-filter. After that I was in heaven. :-)

An interesting feature with the Jupiter 4 is that it has eight memory slots in which you can store the sounds that you make; thus the suffix "COMPUPHONIC" (excellent logo by the way). In the year 1978 that was cool, in present time we're all spoiled rotten with memory functions. Anyway it's an interesting sign of the time that has passed since then.

Don't bother with the presets - they're mediocre. What you want to do with this synth is to put it in manual mode, twist the knobs and push those potentiometers until you find your sound. And if you have listened to old-school synth music you will.

If you find this synth on the second hand market, take an extra look. It a great synthesizer and en excellent piece of retro machinery.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 15:59
Alistair Wilson a professional user from USA writes:
Incredibly meaty sound. Not great for basses, but excellent for leads, pads, noises. My favorite features are the arpeggiator of course, but I love striking a chord, pressing hold, and playing over it. The CV gate makes for a gurglier arpeggiation trigger than the internal clock, but it's in time. I find that a rimshot sound works best. Very volume sensititve. One of the first synths to hold user memory I hear. You can only tweak the lfo and arpeggiator params (speed, vcf I think) on stored patches. Oh and the lfo sweep can go either really slow, or so fast that the waveform becomes a high pitched note! Anyway, this is one of my favorites, and from other user reviews, apparently underrated. Yes, it is heavy, and it also sports wood.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-18-2001 at 15:59
Robert Rada a professional user from us writes:
It will probably produce none of the sounds you are looking for. It's still a synthesizer, a frickn' complicated one at that, and it's fun to play with. This would be nice for some Miles Davis/recent-Rob Mazurak style fusion. If you're looking for your typical dance sounds, you'll end up like the person in the last review.

Did I mention it's the heaviest thing I own, says Compuphonic on the front, and has knobs taken straight off of R2-D2?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-24-2000 at 06:15
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