In the latest Sonic Lab video, Nick Batt takes a look at the Roland Boutique JP-08 synthesizer.
Can it measure up to its inspiration, the classic Roland Jupiter-8?
Clearly – the Jupiter-8 offers iconic analog sound, vintage vibe and the better usability of a full-scale interface. But it also is unobtanium for most synthesists, because of its rarity and $9-10,000 price.
So the real questions are how well does the JP-08 emulate the original’s sound – and how does it fare as a modern synth module.
Batt highlights that the JP-08’s controls are tiny, it lacks external MIDI control support and that it lacks several features – like the arpeggiator – that helped make the original Jupiter 8 an uber-synth. But he also comes away impressed by the JP-08’s sound and value for the asking price.
Check out the video and let us know what you think. And – if you’ve used the Roland JP-08 yourself, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!