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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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UNIDAD CENTRAL a professional user from PERU writes:
Jupiter 6

gran sonido analogico y excelentes filtros

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Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-20-1999 at 09:29
Timothy A. Martin a part-timer user from US-A writes:
General: I've had the same JP-6 that I bought brand-new in Chicago in 1985. It's a great machine and very reliable. It's a big unwieldy for gigging; however, it's pretty stable once brought up to spec again (see below).

The keyboard is very good compared to what else was available at the time. Although not a comparable machine to the Yamaha DX-7, compare the keys, side-by-side and the Yamaha feels like a toy.

X-modulation w/ VCO sync creates great cars (a la Greg Hawkes) early digital sounding leads.

Servicing: As they age, they tend to have tempermental tuning problems; however, about 8 years ago, I got a full set of the engineering specs for the mine - in about 20 minutes with a Digital VM and a good oscilloscope, you can bring it up to a remarkable spec. If anybody needs summary of the servicing specs, then send me mail & I'll give you the info. I don't know if Roland still has these documents for sale.

I got silly once and tried to noodle around inside - before I got the specs - and damaged some of the components. I was able to have it repaired fully at a local electronics repair joint. Phew!

Misses: Poor MIDI implementation - although I'm happy it's there. Roland started selling the JP-6 w/ MIDI around 1984 if I recall. Basically, MIDI is note on/off and preset change.

Would have been nice to have a separate filter for each VCO - but not many machines ever did.

Simple 4-stage ENV

Summary: I'd recommend the JP-6 in an instant. Survey says It may not be as warm as the JP-8; however, it's got a very bold, bright, distinctive sound to it that is a beautiful addition to digital gear. A few years ago, I saw a number of them going for a US$300-400. I should have bought ten of them! Ha!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-16-1999 at 19:11
Nico a professional user from Alaska writes:
Jp 6: Fab 4 overdriven chords and leads. Distorto Heaven 4 sure Not recommended

as an analog do all synthe but a unique addition if one has the basics covered.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
matt chizmo a professional user from u.s.a. writes:
the used analog market is hard to understand sometimes. example:

i have owned three different prophet-5's, and though they still seem to sell for

over a thousand bucks, you couldn't GIVE me one for my jupiter-6.

here's a list of things the JP6 has over the prophet-5 for those comparing.

all waveforms available simultaneously on each VCO, multimode filter (not found on

the JP8, MKS80, OB8, OBXA, memorymoog, or any of the prophets...a VERY cool feature).

invertable envelopes, two kinds of polyphonic glide (regular and chromatic),

programmable pitch bend lever, arpeggiator, splittable keyboard,

balanced/unbalanced output, headphone output, superfast cassette interface, factory

midi, solo mode (the synth becomes monophonic), unison with detune, a RELIABLE

keyboard (not one of those cheezy pratt/reed keyboards that breaks j-wires every

other week). instantaneous auto tune, and of coarse 6 voices instead of 5.

for some reason, the 6 has been badly underrated, but consider this; the JP6 was

built after the JP8, and before the super jupiter. in fact, it sounds a LOT like

the super jupiter (which most people including myself consider one of the BEST

sounding analogs of all time). it only stands to reason that the components are

very high quality. if you're in the market for a used old analog, check out a JP6

it's one of the best deals found these days. peace.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
Hey, this ain`t bad!.. I was expecting a feeble sounding watered down Jupiter-8 but am pleasantly suprised, the Multimode filter is excellent and makes the JP6 a practical alternative to the Elka Synthex. Hi-Pass or band pass filter sweeps with high resonance are now available without having to fork out megabucks for Italy`s only decent synth (shame there`s no 12Db mode tho), These, the MIDI and the reports that the JP6 is THE most reliable true Analog poly coupled with the Cross-mod/FM capabilities make it almost as much a bargain as the underpriced (though inferior) Korg Polysix. When the Europa Replacement software ROMS hits town there`ll be no excuse for buying a &quot;Modelled&quot; clone like the Nord-2 or JP8000.. OK this is no OB-Xa, JP8 or CS80 but it ain`t got the Quirks either and it gives the Prophet-5 a good run for its money at less cost without the problems. Like the SCI Pro-1 the Jupiter-6 is a SAFE bet that you`ll spend less time fixing and more time playing, is easy to understand but won`t wake the hounds of hell like the big hypersynths.. IF EUROPA includes a mod for fitting a Velocity/Aftertouch keyboard from a JX8p and getting it to work (HINT HINT Mr Bradley) it could spell an end to Analog modelling..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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