The biggest buzz heading into Musikmesse 2011 has been about the Roland Jupiter 80 synthesizer – a synth that doesn’t even officially exist.
That hasn’t kept the Roland Jupiter 80 rumors from running rampant, though.
Future Music says that Roland is set to release a new Jupiter keyboard at Musikmesse. They add that “The three oscillator hardware synth follows similar trajectories of the rebranded Juno and SH series and will most likely disappoint anyone expecting a modern take on the famed JP-8 analog synth of yesteryear witnessed below.”
There’s a fairly massive thread at GearSlutz about the Jupiter 80, but it’s mostly complaints about what the rumored Roland Jupiter 80 keyboard won’t be – a genuine analog monster synth.
Electronic music über-guru Craig Anderton says that “I saw a closed-door preview of it at NAMM while in prototype form. I can’t say anything specific until Messe, but the most important aspect of it is not what anyone’s expecting. Well, at least I wasn’t…”
More details below.
Roland Jupiter 80 Specifications
Note that these are completely unofficial.
- Three-oscillator virtual analog synthesizer
- Metal chassis with aluminum endcaps
- 76 note keyboard
- Large touch-screen interface
- Price $3500-$4000
Synthesist Matthew Davidson has some interesting thoughts on the Roland Jupiter 80 at his Stretta blog:
To Roland, I fear the Jupiter name is simply a brand they can exploit.
What I think they’ll do is take the surface qualities of the Jupiter 8; the name, the color scheme and aluminum end cheeks and apply it to a product festooned with Roland buzzword technologies like D-beam, COSM, variphrase, trip-pad, and a touch screen. It’ll have a waveform ROM, play drum sounds and have a lovely piano patch with realistic reverb.
In short, it’ll be a V-Synth dressed up as a Jupiter-8 on Halloween.
Note: We don’t expect the Jupiter-80 to look anything like the Photoshop job above.
Here’s Roland’s official “teaser” video:
All they have to say about it is very vague:
A dramatic transformation has begun. The spirit of a legend re-emerges. An amazing new instrument takes form. Prepare for a new musical beginning.
Roland did recently register the domain name Jupiter80.com, along with Jupiter-80.com, but the site is just a placeholder, at this time.
Here’s the domain name info:
Domain name: jupiter80.com
- Administrative Contact: Roland Corporation U.S. Joe Sparacio (email@example.com) +1.3238903700 Fax: - 5100 S. Eastern Ave Los Angeles, CA 90040 US
- Technical Contact: Roland Corporation U.S. Joe Sparacio (firstname.lastname@example.org) +1.3238903700 Fax: - 5100 S. Eastern Ave Los Angeles, CA 90040 US
- Registrant Contact: Roland Corporation U.S. Joe Sparacio ()
- Fax: 5100 S. Eastern Ave Los Angeles, CA 90040 US
- Creation date: 25 Feb 2011 00:07:02 Expiration date: 25 Feb 2012 00:07:00
It’s a week until we find out the Roland Jupiter 80 details – so there’s plenty of time for you to weigh in with your thoughts, hopes or speculation about the new keyboard. Let us know what you think!
Update: More info on the Jupiter-80 here.