Time machine: Demo of the Roland Jupiter-4

May 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds self programmed: Roland Jupiter-4 Analog Synthesizer from the year 1978
drums: Roland TR-808
recording: multi-tracking without midi, the TR-808 is triggered the JP-4 arpeggiator in random mode
fx: a bit reverb and delay

For me has the Jupiter-4 the best sound from the Jupiter family. Very raw and powerfull.

more info: http://www.retrosound.de

The first Jupiter synth. It was among one of the first poly synthesizers (4 individual voices which could be synced together for one fat monophonic lead), it had a pitch wheel that could be assigned to the VCA, VCF, VCO or all together, there are 8 memory locations and a cool arpeggiator – the arpeggiator can be heard in the Duran Duran classic, “Rio”. It also has a very slow LFO for those ever-so-long filter sweeps. Pretty good for 1978!

Not so cool however, are the 10 preset sounds which sound nothing like the piano, brass or strings they claim to be. The placement of all the preset buttons below the keyboard can be inconvenient, especially while playing it. And as with most old analog synths, the Jupiter-4’s tuning can go out often. Still it is a nice analog synth for creating weird trippy analog sounds.

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