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Roland JP-08

The legendary JUPITER-8 synth is back as a limited-edition module no bigger than a book. 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.

Huge Synth. Small Package.
The JUPITER-8 was a big synth in every way; physically imposing with loads of knobs and sliders, and most importantly, a huge sound. The JP-08 retains the big sound of the JUPITER-8 but shrinks everything else - including the price - into a module measuring under 12" across.

Hands-On Control
With such an expressive sound engine, you'll want to shape the sounds to match your mood. With 36 of the original parameters accessible from the front panel, the JP-08 is all about hands-on control, and even users of the JUPITER-8 will quickly feel at home as the user interface and programming 'feel' is highly reminiscent of the original.

New Sound-Shaping Options
Even though the JP-08 is an authentic recreation of the JUPITER-8, we also included a few extras. The JP-08 adds several new waveforms to the original architecture, 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.

Develop Your Ideas with a 16-Step Sequencer
The onboard 16-step sequencer is a sonic scratchpad that lets you try out new ideas without bringing lots of gear - it can even be used without a keyboard. And if there's no keyboard connected, the ribbon controller lets you preview the sound, making it an ideal way to program patches quickly and easily.

Optional K-25m Keyboard Unit
The JP-08 works especially well with the K-25m, an optional 25-key velocity sensitive keyboard that takes your music making to the next level. Once docked in the keyboard, the module's front panel adjusts to three positions for convenient access to the knobs and sliders.

Chain Mode
One of the killer features of the original JUPITER-8 was its ability to create huge pads, splits and layers using its 8 voices of polyphony. The JP-08 features a chain mode that allows you to connect two JP-08 modules using the MIDI ports and create one, 8-voice synthesizer, just like the original. Adding additional modules adds another 4 voices of polyphony with each module. This is especially great when controlling the JP-08 from a larger external keyboard. You can even edit the sound from the master module and control both units. Great for realtime filter sweeps and LFO effects.

Battery or USB Bus Power
Some of the best music is made away from the studio, so the Roland Boutique series runs on 4 x AA batteries, ready for when inspiration strikes. Alternatively, you can power the JP-08 via USB bus power.

USB Audio Interface for Direct Recording into Your DAW
The built-in USB port also functions as a high-quality 24bit, 44.1 kHz audio interface, for a fast, simple and reliable way of recording directly to your DAW application. You can keep your favorite patches and sequencer patterns safe too, via the USB data backup function.
  • Ultra-compact recreation of the iconic JUPITER-8 synthesizer
  • Retains the feel, sound, character and user interface of the original
  • 36 of the original synth parameters controllable from the front panel
  • Adds several additions not found on the original JUPITER-8, including extra waveforms, expanded VCO range
  • Chain mode allows two JP-08 to function as one 8-voice module
  • Highly portable for mobile music making
  • High-quality construction with metal front panel
  • Dual ribbon controllers for pitch bend, modulation, and sound preview
  • Battery-operated (4xAA) or USB powered
  • 24 bit / 44.1 kHz stereo IN/OUT USB audio interface
  • Built-in 0.5W mini-speaker for instant enjoyment
  • Compatible with optional K-25m keyboard unit
  • Specifications
    Maximum Polyphony:
    4 voices

    User Memory:
    Patch Preset: 8
    Patch: 64

    VOLUME knob
    Ribbon controllers 1, 2

    LFO Section
    RATE slider
    DELAY TIME slider
    WAVE FORM select knob

    VCO MOD Section
    LFO MOD slider
    ENV MOD slider
    FREQ MOD select switch
    PULSE WIDTH MOD slider
    PULSE WIDTH MOD select switch

    VCO-1 Section
    CROSS MOD slider
    RANGE select knob
    WAVE FORM select knob

    VCO-2 Section
    SYNC switch
    RANGE select knob
    FINE TUNE knob
    WAVE FORM select knob

    MIXER Section
    SOURCE MIX knob

    HPF Section
    CUTOFF slider

    VCF Section
    CUTOFF slider
    RESONANCE slider
    SLOPE switch
    LFO MOD slider
    ENV MOD slider
    ENV switch
    KEY FOLLOW slider

    VCA Section
    LEVEL slider
    LFO MOD switch

    ENV-1 Section
    ATTACK TIME slider
    DECAY TIME slider
    SUSTAIN LEVEL slider
    RELEASE TIME slider
    Polarity switch

    ENV-2 Section
    ATTACK TIME slider
    DECAY TIME slider
    SUSTAIN LEVEL slider
    RELEASE TIME slider
    KEY FOLLOW switch

    PATCH NUMBER 1-8 buttons
    PATCH PRESET 1-8 buttons
    MANUAL button
    UPPER/LOWER button
    DUAL button

    Power switch


    Step Sequencer:
    16 step
    16 pattern

    Nominal Input Level:
    INPUT jack: -0 dBu

    7 segments, 2 characters (LED)

    PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    INPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    USB port: MicroB type (Audio, MIDI)

    Power Supply
    Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
    Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    USB Bus power

    Current Draw:
    500 mA (USB Bus power)

    Expected battery life under continuous use:
    Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours
    * This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.

    Owner's Manual
    Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

    Options (sold separately):
    Keyboard unit: K-25m

    Width: 300 mm, 11-13/16 inches
    Depth: 128 mm, 5-1/16 inches
    Height: 46 mm, 1-13/16 inches
    Weight: 970 g, 2 lbs 3 oz
    Price *
    Free shipping in Canada. Conditions
    Additional information
    For more information about the JP-08, please visit the website of Roland
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