Jup-8 V channels the unmistakably awe-inspiring polysynth power of the iconic Jupiter-8. From fluorescent ‘80s pads to dancing modulated arps, it’s hard to think of a classic synth sound that this analog powerhouse couldn’t do.
Managing to be simultaneously fat, airy and crystal clear, Jup-8 V uses our unrivalled analog modeling technology to deliver the full head-turning sound that defined - and continues to define - countless records. Not only that; we’ve turned up the heat on this giant, combining it with dynamic modern features that’ll take your sonic voyage further than ever before.
The return of a giant
Many consider the Jupiter-8 to be the greatest synthesizer ever made. Introduced in 1981, it was Japan’s answer to the American-dominated synth market - heads were turned. For synth enthusiasts, professional hitmakers, and performing keyboardists alike, the Jupiter-8 truly raised the bar.
Its extensive feature-set, from keyboard splitting to intricate modulation, was considered years ahead of its time - and it quickly became something of a household name in the synthesizer world.Learn more
Those creamy oscillators, that instantly-recognizable 8-voice fanfare, and its intricate modulation set it apart from the crowd. It famously provided the stadium-sized stabs for Thriller, the velvety pads in Radio Ga Ga, and is even a studio favorite of progressive house legend Deadmau5.
In the early ‘80s, there was no shortage of analog synths - from anthemic rock to MTV’s pop royalty, the synthesizer was the definitive voice of the time. But with the limitations of analog circuitry came limitations of sound, particularly when it came to polyphony. It felt as though there was a growing demand for a synthesizer with more voices.
The Jupiter-8 answered the call, with a truly massive sound courtesy of 8-voices, with 2 analog oscillators per voice. Here had arrived the synth that could take artists’ sound to another level, make audiences jump higher, and fill arenas like never before. It quickly became the most sought-after instrument in the world, with numerous reports of long waiting lists due to unprecedented demand.
The Jupiter-8 was simply the synthesizer that the world had been waiting for. The sonic complexity of a modular system with the immediate playability of a keyboard; the tactile control-per-parameter layout; the game-changing sound that went on to define hit record after hit record.
4 decades on from its original release, its sound remains as relevant, awe-inspiring, and powerful as ever. What better way to celebrate this iconic instrument than to emulate its every detail, and beyond?
All-powerful then, all-powerful now
Jup-8 V restores this peerless icon to its former glory, painstakingly emulated down to the finest detail. Enjoy that hairs-on-end sound and a classic hands-on synth workflow that’s inspired countless musicians over the decades. Component-level modeling meets an authentic slider-based interface.
The Jupiter voice took audiences’ collective breath away in the ‘80s, and still does to this day. Its enormous flexibility and larger-than-life stereo sound made waves - but its true power was in its 16-oscillator voice architecture.
Jup-8 V puts this unstoppable analog power at your fingertips, in spectacularly colorful detail.
A simple arpeggio played without dispersion, then gradually applied through the 3 settings.
A resonant filter sweep applied to a large chord.
VCOs with character
Not just 2 oscillators per voice; 2 oscillators with their own distinct characters per voice. These characters let you switch between using fine-tuning, a noise waveform, octave ranges, switchable sync - the list goes on. These ultra-simple VCO controls offer an explosion of timbral possibilities, just like the original.
An LFO you can count on
It does what it says on the tin - a simple monophonic LFO for when you need things to rumble, shake, wobble, and weave. 4 shapes, tempo sync, with a little bit of delay and optional retrig to make it sit right where your song needs it to.
Ask anyone what features they loved about the Jupiter synthesizers, and ‘cross-modulation’ will likely be a hot topic. Jup-8 V delivers the goods. Dial in basic VCO frequency modulation to taste, 3 modes of pulse-width modulation, or go full cross-mod for those dynamite sci-fi sweeps straight out of a John Carpenter movie.
Twin envelope generators
Employ Jup-8 V’s 2 x ADSR envelope generators for shaping your voice and sprinkling sonic variation that responds to every note you play. The controls in each section let you dial in however much ENV modulation you feel like:
- ENV 1 can modulate the VCO pitch, PWM and VCF cutoff
- ENV 2 can modulate the VCO pitch, VCF cutoff, and VCA level
No menu-diving, no complex patching. These envelopes don’t mess about.
VCF or HPF?
Tame those planet-sized analog oscillators with a dual filter configuration that proved so popular, it continued appearing in Roland synthesizers for years after the Jupiter-8’s release.
Enjoy spine-tingling sweeps and bubbling bass thanks to a resonant low pass VCF, with a separate hi-pass filter to smooth out your low end. Of course, Jup-8 V’s filter section wouldn’t be complete without some hefty modulation to play with. Get that filter in line with your performance with LFO, ENV and keyboard control.
Fiery brass stabs that cut through any mix. Massive stacked chords to drive your chorus home. Soft airy leads that float on top of your arrangement. Unstoppable unison bass that is the embodiment of fatness. Thanks to Jup-8 V, your search for tangible analog power is over.
This synth goes beyond tremendous sound; below the surface, component-level modeling contributes to a level of detail rarely seen on virtual instruments. The nuances of every component have been refined, from oscillator sync behavior to the varying pan spread of each voice - striking the perfect balance between precision and organic performance.
Hear the sawtooth oscillator on this very impactful brass stabs (Thriller).
Solo lead line demonstrating the sound of the triangle and sine waveforms (Classic Sine Lead).
Combining unison and cross mod for fearful tones (Massive Hoover).
But wait, there’s more…
While Jup-8 V’s interface meticulously emulates the voice architecture of its hardware ancestor, it doesn’t end there. The main interface has a few remaining authentic tricks up its sleeve - and a few that we added to boot.
If you’re a performer looking for classic expressive flexibility, or a vintage synth aficionado in search of new realms of tonal realism and detail, read on...
Stack & spread
When you’ve got a single note stacked 8 voices high, the fatness is undeniable. But when you need that extra oomph factor, Unison Detune is your secret weapon.Learn more
Subtly send the pitch of each voice in opposing directions for that swirling thickness that gives your basslines chunk and makes your lead lines simmer. Play the stereo field. Jup-8 V wouldn’t be complete without that luscious stereo sound; the Pan Spread control subtly applies left and right panning to each of your voices. Whether you’re going for unison bass arps or cinematic polysynth glory, go wide.
Sometimes it’s the smallest imperfections that make the biggest difference. Introducing Voice Dispersion, a detailed emulation of the naturally-occurring voltage variations that give these analog relics so much character.Learn more
Experiment with tiny drifts in the values of 6 parameters for each voice, from oscillator pitch to filter resonance. Every note you play will be slightly different from the last, for a truly organic sound. Choose from 4 degrees of dispersion, or pop the hood and tweak each parameter to suit your taste.
What we added
Sometimes the nostalgic immersion and raw power of a vintage synthesizer is all you crave. But sometimes, you can’t help but think… "...what if?"
What if your analog polysynth had more than 1 LFO to push its sound design capabilities further? What if you could combine the gratifying playability of a classic keyboard with the cutting-edge flexibility of a modulation step-sequencer? What if you could instantly combine organic VCO warmth with crystal-clear digital FX in a single instrument?
With Jup-8 V, there are no ‘what ifs’.
Modulation that goes further
No emulation would be complete without the modulation capabilities of Jup-8 V’s hardware ancestor - but we took it a step further with 2 additional complex LFOs and a complex Modulation Mixer for more sonic variation than you can shake a stick at.Learn more
Jup-8 V’s variable LFO and dual ENV configuration presents a familiar sound design palette, offering hands-on access to all manner of golden-era synth patches. But crack open the Advanced panel, and the modulation possibilities skyrocket.
LFOs 2 & 3 combine sophisticated features like phase distortion, polyphony, and dual destinations, designed to transport your patch from subtle movement to controlled chaos.
To round off the modulation section with a bang, the Modulation Mixer uses unique algorithms to sum your modulation sources and manipulate 3 destinations of your choice, giving you access to new territory between sonic boundaries.
Jup-8 V comes armed with 2 x 32-step sequencers for Notes and Modulation respectively. Better still, both of these sequencers have been enhanced in parallel, with simplified sync options, independent sequence lengths, intuitive pitch values, scales, and more - simply giving you greater control when constructing musical ideas.
Using both the notes sequencer and the mod sequencer to create a two voices sequence, with a single key press (Double Seq).
Where the Jupiter-8 was designed as a player’s instrument, Jup-8 V’s advanced sequencing lets you build nuanced components for your song or performance, or take your hands off the wheel for free-flowing sound tweaking.
Build your topline, bassline, or synth ostinato without ever leaving Jup-8 V’s interface. Construct elaborate timed modulation sequences that routinely loop in and out of your chord movements. Weave polyrhythmic ideas between the Notes and Modulation sequencers for an ever-changing musical cycle that keeps your listeners on their toes.
With Jup-8 V, the keyboard does more than play notes.
The Advanced panel also conceals in-depth controls that let you harness the keyboard response for your own creative purposes. This detailed 4-part section allows you to program Velocity, Aftertouch, Keyboard Tracking, and Modwheel information to affect up to 3 destinations.
Craft your own curves, personalize your dynamic response, and wire any aspect of Jup-8 V to respond to every note that plays - you’re in control.
Using velocity to affect volume, filter envelope amount and filter envelope decay all at once.
While the iconic power of the Jupiter sound lies in its unique voice architecture and modulation flexibility, a little FX never hurt anyone. Does Jup-8 V need 11 new FX to sound great? No. Does it sound absolutely mind-blowing with them added to the mix? Without a doubt.
Send your pads echoing around moon craters, or bathe them in a tide of rich analog chorus. Crush your basslines with digital grit, or slam them with heavy compression for old-school tightness. 3 FX slots, configurable in series or parallel, with 11 FX to choose from…
...that’s 11 new ways to take this classic sound to another level.
The “Dark Flute” played dry, then with all effects on.
A new sound engine
Jup-8 V’s new sound engine was totally rebuilt using the latest DSP technology to ensure that this virtual instrument is as authentic as it is powerful, as stable and reliable as it is sincerely imperfect. From subtle analog voice dispersions to the meticulously replicated filter section, this faithful reimagining is as close to the real thing as it gets.
What I like about this Jupiter is that when I need a thick bass synth, it's always my go-to [...] For me the Jupiter is always about that deep guttural bass sound and that's why I always start with it.Tony Hajjar
( At The Drive-In )
Hear it in action
Listen Jup-8 V in full swing - witness the formidable sound of an analog icon in the hands of sound designers, composers, and musicians of all styles.
Retro and catchy track composed for the Jup-8 V4 announcement video. Additional guitar parts played by Rasmus Kürstein.
Colourful 80’s synth pop tune using only Jus-8 V4 sounds, except for the kick, snare and hi-hat. Very few effects were used in the process - all Factory presets were kept as they are, with just a little bit of reverb and distortion added to enrich the sound.
Minimal but efficient dance-floor friendly track, in the pure tradition of early electro/techno music from the 90s.
IDM track showcasing some of the rougher and more experimental sounds, found in Tom Hall’s own factory presets.
Deep and impacting cinematic / electro track, using modern sounds and a great use of Simon’s own “RandomMelody’s” preset.
Groovy tech house track giving a great impression of the sound of the analog modelled filter
Snippets from four classic hit songs that featured the original machine, using sound that can be found in Dave Polich’s presets.
Jup-8 V offers stellar sound on a silver platter. Loaded with presets created by world-class sound designers, you’ll find your own sonic identity in no time.
Rich, creamy low notes that swell to planetary size, with the aid of a tiny amount of detune and a huge amount of lush reverb.
Filthy square bass with tubular resonance that’s destined for the never-ending dancefloor.
Make the audience sit up and pay attention with this unmistakable and groovy lead sound that cuts right through any mix.
Set a scene that’s both eerie and awe-inspiring with this elegant string patch, with subtle tuning movement.
Think of giant cats...in space. This bass/lead tone is designed to sound like meows from a distant star system.
A driving rhythm fuelled by resonant VCF modulation, zapped with old-school news broadcast urgency.
Soft, beautiful plucks with plenty of ambient room to breathe, great for leads and textures alike.
A rich pad that doesn’t hold back on the attack. Small envelope movements on the filter give it an almost vocal quality.
Softly warbling chords with the rich sustain of an electric piano, soothing and soulful in equal measure.
A pleasant nylon-sounding patch for weaving delicate movements and soothing melodies.
Your essential ‘80s string pad sound with tape-style lo-fi sound. It resonates, it flickers, and it stirs the soul.
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- A next generation component-level model of the Roland Jupiter-8
- 4 customisable voice dispersion modes for unique sound characters
- Free-running phase oscillators with up to 16 voices of polyphony
- VCO Cross modulation
- Assignale VCO sync
- Classic and Mono unison modes
- Extra modulation capabilities with:
- Two complex LFOs
- Modulation mixer
- Double Notes and Modulation sequencer
- Advanced keyboard expressiveness with assignable, Velocity, Aftertouch, Modwheel & Keyboard tracking
- Three output effect slots
- Advanced Brightness, Timbre, Time and Movement macro controls
- Built in tutorials
- Over 300 factory presets