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Roland JP-08


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Roland JP-08

Category:  Products / synthesisers / modeling synthesisers

Added: 24-Nov-23  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: £250 - £375

Roland JP-08

The legendary JUPITER-8 synth is back as a limited-edition module no bigger than a book. Part of the Roland Boutique series, the JP-08 is all about hands-on control and that iconic JUPITER sound. With an array of 36 knobs and sliders from the original JUPITER-8 front panel, the 4-voice JP-08 is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation, especially with the built-in speaker and battery operation.


Using Roland’s acclaimed Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology the JP-08 faithfully reproduces the original JUPITER-8 sounds and adds a few new twists in the form of extra LFOs and expanded VCO range. You can even slide the JP-08 into the optional K-25m keyboard unit for a self-contained, go-anywhere synth experience.


The JP--08 is only 4 voice which was a major criticism on release, but you can sync 2 units together to get 8 voices with one unit acting as master for the controls. There's no arpeggiator like the original but it has a built in 16 step sequencer & additional oscillator waveforms including TRI and NOISE for the LFO and SIN for VCO-1, and both VCOs have an expanded range for even more sound shaping potential.


There's no keyboard split which was another criticism of the unit on release, but it has Upper/Lower mode which allows it to play an 'Upper' & 'Lower' patch via MIDI on 2 channels with only 2 voices each or those two selected Upper/Lower patches can work in Dual mode where they stack with 2 voices each. The JP-08 also has 3 play modes: POLY where it plays polyphonically, UNISON where it plays all 4 voices per key & MONO which is monophonic mode.


The JP-08 also features but un-documented very nice Chorus effect which can only be switched via MIDI and features 3 different mode.


Also like with most of the Roland Boutique range the JP-08 has USB & can connect and stream its audio to your DAW via USB & also function as a USB audio & MIDI interface with a mini-jack stereo input.



The K-25m keyboard unit



Like all the Boutique range, the JP0-08 can be used as a tabletop module triggered from any 3rd party MIDI keyboard controller or directly from any DAW external MIDI track, but a further option is to add the optional K-25m keyboard unit which connects to any of the Boutique modules using an included ribbon cable.


The K-25m is a 25-key, velocity sensitive keyboard designed for use with the Roland Boutique series. Measuring less than 12" across, the K-25m acts as a dock for any Roland Boutique module, and once in place the module can be tilted at two different angles for easier viewing and sound programming, or can be laid completely flat.


The K-25m retails at around £95 from most music tech suppliers.






Ok it's NOT an exact copy of the Jupiter-8 and some argue that the JP-08's diminuative size is so impracticle that in most home studio or MID studio-suite setups you might as well use a Jupiter-8 plugin. However for some users particularly in a live gigging situation, hardware is always preferable, and the JP-08 gets you almost all the way to an affordable hardware Jupiter-8 sound.


Like many Roland products the  JP-08 is now discontinued, but can be found in the free ads & Ebay for around £250 upwards


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