Year of manufacture1981
Waveforms5+2(Saw, Sine, Variable Pulse, Square, Triangle + PWM + Noise)
Modulation2(1 LFO+ VCO 2)
Filters2(1 Low- & 1 High-pass switchable -12dB & -24dB/octave)
Features10(Glide, Unison, Hold, Bender, Arpeggiator, Random LFO, LFO-Delay, Oscillator-Sync, Crossmodulation, 3 Keymodes)
The Roland Jupiter-8
Roland’s flagship synthesizer of the 80s was an 8-voice polyphonic beast among synthesizers. There was no midi yet and no storage capability in the synth itself, but it was possible to store on a standard analogue tape/cassette.
Because of its ultra-fast envelope, you can get perfect basslines out of the Jupiter-8. But the synth is also perfect for pads and stabs in higher registers, like you can hear at the beginning of the song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.
Artists such as Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream and many more like to use the synth. The Jupiter-8 can also be heard in some Queen songs, for example that pad in Radio Gaga!