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 ROLAND Jupiter 6 Analog Synthesizer

Roland Jupiter 6 synthesizer
image thanks to elmacaco, usa
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other ROLAND gear..
Built 1983
Type: analog
Hybrid: no
6 Voice / Stimmen
2x Multitimbral
standard Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 1500 (-)
Synthesis: subtractive

OSC Features pwm sync Xmod
Wave Shapes triangle pulse saw noise white
2 OSCs
2 Filter static hpf + lpf reso 4 Pole
2 LFOs square saw sine random
2 Envelope Generators 2x ADSR

SIMPLE MIDI Control / Triggering
61 Keys with no

Arpeggiator yes
Sequencer no
(ID 25)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT The JP6 is the smaller brother of the Jupiter 8, well known, so maybe just to say, it sounds a bit "aggressive". it's waveforms can sound simultaneously. the first ever midi synth along with the SCI Prophet 600.
ABOUT Der JP6 ist der kleine Bruder des Jupiter 8, er hatte dafür aber die Möglichkeit alle Wellenformen gleichzeitig zu aktivieren und die Xmod war modulierbar durch ENV1, klingt etwas aggressiver. der erste midi synthesizer überhaupt zusammen mit dem SCI Prophet 600.
DETAILS quite fast LFO (about 64Hz), cool sync in both directions, all waves can sound when activated, Xmod by ENV1 is possible (compared to the Jupiter 8) and it's filter is more flexible, it also sounds good but the higher the resonance the sounds is a bit thinner.. very simple midi: notes and performance memory change. no more. (get europa to fix it, no roland product btw.), Hardware: 12 CEM3340 VCO 6 CEM3360 Dual VCA Roland filter chip
DETAILS schneller LFO (ca 64Hz) und sync, der in beide richtung schaltbar ist, xmod modulierbar und hat multimodefilter (klingt gut, dünnt etwas aus bei hoher resonanz). midi sehr rrudimentär (noten und program changes der performance speicher). dagegen europa-midi-upgrade besorgen! (nicht von roland), Hardware: 12 CEM3340 VCO 6 CEM3360 Dual VCA Roland filter chip
SOUND everything classic: pads, basses and sweeps
SOUND alles klassische: pads, bässe, sweeps und flächen
VERSION Rack: well the jp8 rack: MKS80, + Programmer PG80 (no 2pole mode but Xmod Modulation by ENV1 instead like the jp6 but no multimode filters). the Jupiter 8 /mks80 has no multimode filters but more voices and not as fat as the Ju8 but the mks has also Xmod modulation by Env and waves can not sound simultaneously. very cool midi expansion available called europa, adds midi controllers (!) and more arper stuff. a must!
VERSION Rack: ohne multi-filter, mehr ein Ju8: MKS80 mit Programmer PG80 (hat keinen 2pol mode, dafür Xmod Modulation durch ENV1). Es gibt noch den Jupiter 8, er hat keinen Multimodefilter (lpf, hpf, bpf) und kann daher etwas weniger, hat aber mehr Stimmen und ist etwas fetter. midi erweiterung: "europa" bringt midi controller steuerung und bessere arper-modi. absolut lohnenswert!
Jupiter 6
JUPITER 6 - came in 1983 my impression was the ju8 is a bit more "phat".. but the ju6 can do lots more sounds, also the routings are better in the ju6.
the mks80 is some sort of a rack version of the jupiter 8, but it's sound is only close,not exactly the same. but good enough. should be used with programmer mpg80 (rare) - btw. the Jupiter4 and Jupiter8 both have fast LFOs (100Hz) and those envelopes are also not bad..
the jupiter-6 was the first midi equipped roland synth, it had omni mode only, later poly mode was available, it does not even send mod wheel.. but with europa it will even send CC and has a 2 channel arper with "step" like programming (like the microkorg has)
hardware chips used on roland jupiter 6 are
12 CEM3340 VCO and 6 CEM3360 Dual VCA
the ju6 was shown on the NAMM along with the other first ever midi equipped synth: the prophet 600 by SCI..
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 synthesizer

by: elmacaco
Jupiter 6
Roland Jupiter series
Jupiter 6 - Jupiter6 - Ju6
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 synthesizer IMAGE
Jupiter 6 difference JP8?
difference ju6 - ju8:
basically the Jupiter 6 and 8 (mks80 rack) are quite close, but the Jupiter 6 has a MULTIMODE FiLTER and of course the Ju-8 has 8 voices whilst the jupiter has 6 and a bit more modulation capabilities:
ju6 has bandpass and high pass filter (multimode filter). more routings, the 8 has a non-modable hpf only. there are more mod rouings on the jp6 and the waveforms can be "added", the ju8 only allows ONE wave per OSC. ju-6 has rudimentary midi (notes and prog change of the "performance" sets, poly mode. if yours only has omni on you can get an eprom at roland to make it listen on ch1 only). ju8 does NOT provide midi. some have DCB (digital but not compatible). there are dcb - midi converters ,but not cheap! in germany ees manufactures them..
Roland Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 difference JP8? synthesizer

by: elmacaco
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland Jupiter series
Jupiter 6 vs. Jupiter 8
Roland Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 difference JP8? synthesizer IMAGE
Jupiter 6 ENVs

Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 ENVs synthesizer

by: elmacaco
Jupiter 6
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 ENVs synthesizer IMAGE
Jupiter 6 VCOs

Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 VCOs synthesizer

by: elmacaco
Jupiter 6
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 VCOs synthesizer IMAGE
AUDIO FILE (download)
Demo Synthesizer-Magazin 12
Jupiter 6 Altelektro Demo
Demo Synthesizer-Magazin 12

mit Klischeesounds, einem Ein-VCO-Knarzsound, endet mit Crossmodulations-Staccato-Spritzern. Bassdrum ist natürlich auch vom Jupiter 6.

Alle ausschließlich mit dem jeweiligen Demogerät gemacht (inkl "Drumsounds"), keine FX, kein EQ, nur direkte Aufnahme.

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Jupiter 6 old electro demo
Jupiter 6 Altelektro Demo Jupiter 6 old electro demo synthesizer audio AUDIO
AUDIO FILE (download)
Demo Synthesizer-Magazin 12 - Metal Pling Workshop
Jupiter 6 Workshop Metal-Pling
Workshop für Metal-Pling aus Synthesizer-Magazin 12

(enthält in Reihenfolge der Erklärung Beispiele zum Workshoptext. Endet mit Öffnen der Releasephase als "Hallersatz" und beginnt mit den beiden Dreieckswellen mit Crossmodulation.)

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Jupiter 6 Workshop Metal-Pling
Jupiter 6 Workshop Metal-Pling Jupiter 6 Workshop Metal-Pling synthesizer audio AUDIO
Jupiter 6 midi
want midi channel set (as long as you have the latest EPROM Version V 6): hold tuning key and select the midi channel with bank number keys..
Roland Jupiter 6
Für die Einstellung des Midikanals die Tuning-Taste gedrückt halten und dann mit den Banknumber-Tasten den gewünschten Midikanal eistellen. Bank A für Midikanal 1 (mit letzter EPROM version)
Roland Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 midi synthesizer TEXT
AUDIO FILE (download)
WANT A FILTER RESO SOUND? here is one by Stefan "smuehli" Mühleck (thanks for the nice resonating sound of theee instrument that was always with me in the 80ies..) ju6_test.mp3 (questions? use the forum! please)
Jupiter 6
mehr Audio auf meinen ConseQuence CDs volition und regression..

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Jupiter 6 Audio
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 Audio synthesizer audio AUDIO
Jupiter 6 Europa
full control: all knobs send & rceive midi controllers and the arper is expanded with EUROPA:
Jupiter 6
MIDI controller Nachrüstung
Jupiter 6 Jupiter 6 Europa synthesizer LINK

ROLAND or Boss, Edirol formerly Ace, Acetone
roland synth manufacturer logo - Hersteller Logo

Roland was founded in 1972 by Ikutaro Kakehasi, Japan (prior companies: ace (drum machines and electronic organs and kakehashi musen), first synthesizer: 1972 - Mr. Kakehashis biography is available as a book from Robert Olsen.
- DIN SYNC: same as tb303, TR606, TR707 (also with MIDI)
Pins - Roland DIN sync:
from left to right: PIN 3 tempo clock, PIN 5 fill in, PIN 2 ground, (middle pin!), PIN 4 reset & start, PIN 1 start/stop

Official Intl. Site :

Roland wurde 1972 von Ikutakro Kakehashi gegründet, nachdem er Ace aufgebaut hatte. Von Kakehashi gibt es ein Buch vom PPV Verlag.

Offizielle Site (D)


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