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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mark Strijbos a part-time user from Holland writes:
Big bad beast of a synth that's heavy in both weight and sound. It can sing like a whistle and scream like a witch as it is very easy to oscillate the filter and / or overdrive the VCA with a flashing led to tell you if you're distorting! No CV/Gate in, but there are ports for VCF Cutoff and Arpeggio Clock control. Next to the simple yet effective Arpeggiator you will find the VCF Mod controls - a Sample & Hold type of modulation of the VCF that is syncable to the arpeggio. A four-voice polyphonic synth but it also features "stacked mode" with 4 oscillators in unison or "split stack" where all the osc's are divided between the keys you pressed( 1 key gets all 4; 2 keys get 2 osci's each). There are pots on the back that allow you to (de)tune the individual voices so you can achieve even greater phatness... All in all this is the most underrated model of the Jupiter line but IMHO the most suited to modern retro-styled tastes. This baby *bleeds* analog!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-02-2000 at 18:38
David Morley a professional user from Germany writes:
Funky as hell these things! Nothing quite sounds like them. If you find one, it'll be cheap and worth it. One of the best Rolands.Seriously!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 09:14
luciano(sOFTgrOOve a part-timer user from italy writes:
I HAVE IT!And I'm very proud becouse this analogue, amd is very powerful.I have other good synth like juno ,jx8p,dw6000, an1x, nothing compare to this.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-1999 at 19:18
AdamT a part-timer user from UK writes:
Still can`t believe that these things are cheaper than the SH1 which is basically 1/4 of a JP4 without Chorus or arpeggiatior.. get one voice CV`d up and you can use it as a programmable SH1 for the times you don`t want polyphony.. mine`s very stable (wellll I have been used to CS80s, OBXs etc (;-) either that or the 240V ones had better PSUs..

When you begin to play with X-Modulation via the incredibly fast LFO (as there is no 2nd VCO to do it) and the self-osc filter (the only Jupe with self osc) you begin to realise that 8-memories aren`t enough after all and the 10 presets are largely a waste of buttons and panel space..

Grab one before they become snapped up for spares for other,,, ahem.. CLASSIC...Rolands and the UA726 Oscillators get grafted into dead late-minimoogs. It`ll be a classic one day, though whether I`ll be alive then is debatable..

As big a bargain as the Korg Polysix and a damn site more reliable (no keyboard or leaky battery probs), sadly far rarer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-1999 at 19:03
Thomas Emil Hansen a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
Pros: - Analog true and through: looks, controls, sound - LFO bend feature rocks - VCA distortion rocks - PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) rocks - High Pass Filter (avoid that earthquake!!!) - Big and heavy with wooden side panels - Says 'Compuphonic'

Cons: - No MIDI - OSC's go out of tune (there are 4 screws on the backside to tune them individually (now, that's what I call control!) so you have to be piano tuner to tame this monster!) - Only 4 OSC's - Probably very hard to lay hands on for a reasonable price (I bought mine for a mere $150, though!!! I guess I was pretty lucky there. The guy who sold it surely didn't know what he was doing!!!)

If you want analog, you want this one. Put it through a competent Multi Effects Units and into your sampler. That's the way to go!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-1999 at 13:21
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