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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Gregger a professional user from Foothill Ranch, Ca. writes:
Ahhh. Yes. The JP-6. You truly have to understand how underated this analog powerhouse is! First, if you would like to buy a Jupiter-8 then please go to the JP-8 section on Sonic State. I'm utterly tired of the 6 being cast in the 8's shadow..The JP-6 is an amazing, versatile and fantastic analog synthesizer. It is capable of such a wide palette of sounds that there is not enough time here to list the endless myriad of sonic extremes it can produce. It is only slightly thin in some of the tones but even with the lack of chorus, this can be remedied with OSC detune and stacking the waveforms for added thickness. The filter is really the crowning achievement on this synth. While the reso is capable of self oscillation, the multi-mode filter can take a sound you may have not really have been satisfied with and add that extra squelchy, zing! Then there is the wonderfully unique and underated arp. Yes, it lacks the JP-8's random mode but you can achieve some wonderfully diversified appregios with it. And then there is the MIDI...Europa or not, you can sequence both the lower and upper tones in split mode via a midi sequencer on SEPERATE channels...1 and 2 respectfully. Yes, the MIDI is VERY rudimentary. But no retrofit needed and I'm quite happy with it. Lastly, there is the build quality and reliability factor....This synth has for the better part of 28 years provided thousands of users a wonderful trouble free life...Thats why it is found in almost every professional studio worth noting across the world. Dont be taken in by the ridiculous bids generated and paid on FeedBay..The average price is between $850 for a fair model to no more than $1700 for a showroom piece. Buy one and you will never, ever let it go...Thanx!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-16-2010 at 20:09
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plays nice with others but still commands a presence. has *that* sound.

some of the things others complain about (what they feel is missing) can be made up for with external processing (quality preamp, compression, possibly chorus, etc...).

there are also mods you can do to enhance the sound as well - a mod to get rid of the clicks when the envelope attacks and releases are at zero and another mod which can add more fullness and lessen the sharp upper mid artifacts with the oscillators. and then there's the Europa upgrade as well...

as far as i'm concerned, the JP6 is under rated by people who unfairly compare it to the Jupiter 8. and of course there is the comparison to the Poly61 on here which is completely stupid.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-11-2008 at 23:05
Sneaky Alien a professional user from uk writes:
The Jupiter 6 is one of the analogue Gems.2 VCO's, really bubbly acidic filter and the arpegiator is superb. I have the Europa upgrade which is a must as it allows the Arpegiator to be synced to midi clock.

This synth is capable of sharp basses,liquid pads and amazing sound efxs.

I do find it incredible that a Jupiter 6 can be had for as little as 900 pounds and a Jupiter 8 goes for twice that ammount.

The Jup 6 is suited for almost any type of music,I use it for making house,prog house and breaks and it works in this role amazingly. I can imagine it being used for trance stabs because it has a unison mode which really fattens it up. I also own an Alesis Andromeda and I have to be honest the Andromeda blows it and the jupiter 8 out of the water because it just has more modulation routings and up to 16 sounds can be stacked on top of each other but I must confess you do have to spend an age to get the goods from an Andromeda where a Jup 8 and 6 can deliver great sonics very easily. Each synth has its own strengths but the Andomeda is a beast. I would say if you see a Jupiter 6 though snap it up because it is a beast of a synth. love to you all, Sneaky Alien.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-19-2008 at 12:09
GearHustler a hobbyist user from On the go in the Usa writes:
A exellent Poly analog Synthesizer I love this machine like they say this thing blips,bleeps,pure analog bliss.I own a jupiter 8 and to compare them both is like apple to oranges.they are both exellent.the jup.6 midi is very basic and seems to be on omni mode at all times.but the jupiters are vco in which in my ears makes the sound fatter then say a juno 60 dco but i wont compare the mighty junos to the jupiters.i like the fact that i can run the appeg thru a TR707 and run a midi rif thru a TR909 at the same time all run by a Emu sp1200 now thats old skool baby!!!there alot of options but thats just a few.Bottom line they are getting rarer as all true old analogs and the jupiter 6 will be up there with the prophets,oberheims,etc.so now they are more vintage classic, fun to look at and well very fun to play.But they are starting to go up in price and finding homes in museums.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-08-2008 at 10:02
fabian ford a professional user from uk writes:
I have to laugh when people say a juno 106 is better tha a jupiter 6,in fact I am convinced that the people who slate this synth have never heard one or wish they could own one. One of the best polysynths ever made,the range of sounds it can make is astounding and is no better or worse than a jupiter 8 and I have both they both bring different things to the table,the only reasin a jupiter 6 is seen as not being as good as a jup 8 is because of the numbers game an 8 is higher than 6 so must be better,utter rubbish but typical of people,try a jup 6 and you will be blown away providing you know how to program a synth. 5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-25-2007 at 16:51
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