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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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post it! a part-time user writes:
one cool thing with the jp-6 that you can't do on the juno's or the jp-8 is the ability to split the keyboard and have a two part multi timbral analog synth. so if you have the same sequence running on the two different midi channels, you essentially have a four oscillator two voice synth (if they split the voices 3 and 3 you'd have a three voice synth but it's either 2 and 4 or 4 and 2).

and the Europa upgrade offers some cool stuff.

in a way i'm glad that people diss on this synth and say that the juno is better or the poly61 is better because that means less people use it and the used prices won't sky rocket out of control (like they have for the Juno's).

anyways, if this thing wasn't named a Jupiter 6 then less people would be trying to compare it to the jp-8. it's not a jp-8.2 and nobody should get a jp-6 thinking that it's gonna sound like a jp-8.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-25-2006 at 16:03
RD a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is one of the MONSTER analogs of the "golden age of synths"! Don't compare it to the JP-8, it's too different. Solid build, intuitive tweaking interface, great sound. Looking forward to the Europa mod for mine at some point. Can still be found at reasonable prices now and then. This synth does not disappoint!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2006 at 15:07
stardust writes:
its true analogue! multiple osc waveforms at the same time, vcos and not dcos, osc sync, crossmodulation, multimodefilters so very versatile and professional, don t listen to all this comparaisons with other synths! the jup6 is really unique in its way, if u want a perfect sound get an triton or other digisynths! analogue has its very own caracter a dream for intuitive tweakin, u ll get special sounds out of this synth, even good for industrial, reliable and flexible fullY midifitable with the europa midiretrofit.... .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-26-2006 at 20:06
neven dayvid a professional user from berlin writes:
i beg to differ: the jp 8 and 6 have quite different sounds, yet both can cover some of the other`s potential. all in all, the differences are too numerous to really play them off against one another: the jp 8 has a sound more akin to the juno 6 or jp 4, whereas the jp 6 with its multimode filter offers the strongest resonance on any of them, making it superb for acid and experimental noises. saying that the jp 8 is flat out superior, is not correct. the jp 8 is certainly more forgiving with the novice programmer, but then the jp 6 offers far greater flexibility in the hands of the knowing. people who bash it because it doesn´t feature dual outputs are missing the point: the jp 6 is not an all-out improvemnt over its predecessor, more like a sideways development with many unique features that you don´t find except on the jx-10, which has a cold and unpleasant sounding filter.

i would not know which one to choose.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-21-2006 at 08:11
Thomas Emil Hansen a part-time user from Denmark writes:
I own both the J6 and the J8, and it's beyond any doubt that the J8 is far better:

- The sound is clearer and more crisp on the J8. Even though you can hear the filters sound the same, the J6 next to dull and uninspiring. I don't say the J6 is bad, but it can't compete with the J8.

- Essential parameters like independent lowpass and highpass filters are missing from the J6.

- The J6 is only mono. Try firing up the J8 in unison and you will understand what's missing! The J8 pans the individual oscillators to the left and right outputs and even detunes the LFO's slightly to make the sound swirl back and forth.

- The J6 completely lacks layered sounds. The J8 has them and again it uses the stereo outputs for a broader sound.

- The J6 has terrible plastic buttons and sliders. Maybe it's a matter of taste, but I know what I prefer!

- Even though the J6 has MIDI the implementation is very basic. Retrofit the J8 and you have the same.

- People argue that the J6 is very stable. So is the J8! At least mine is. On both synths I need to push the tuning button every now and then, but it's far from critical.

Bottom line: The J6 is a cool analog synth, but if you want the bells and whistles go for the J8.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-02-2005 at 03:20
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