Roland Announces Free ‘Jupiter Synth Legends’ Collection

Roland has announced Jupiter Synth Legends Volume 1, the first in a series of free sound libraries for the Jupiter-80 and Jupiter-50 synthesizers. The sound library features a collection of sounds from some of the most legendary and iconic instruments in Roland’s history.

Jupiter Synth Legends Volume 1 features sounds taken from, or inspired by, these seven Roland instruments from the 1980s:

  • JUPITER-8 (1981)
  • JUNO-60 (1982)
  • D-50 (1987)
  • TB-303 (1982)
  • JUPITER-6 (1983)
  • SH-101 (1982)
  • JUNO-106 (1984)

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Something For The Synth Freaks – Magic Fly

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s something for the synth freaks – a live cover of Magic Fly.

Magic Fly was released in 1977 by French space disco synth band Space. It’s sort of cheesetacular by today’s standards, but it was a #1 hit around the world when it was released.

The live performance of Magic Fly, via glendamster, features Roland Jupiter 8 and Oberheim OBXA.

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Roland Jupiter-50 Synthesizer First Look

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This video is a first look at the Roland Jupiter-50 synthesizer, which was introduced at this year’s Musikmesse.

Keyboard editor Stephen Fortner takes a look at the new Jupiter-50, with an overview of the synth’s architecture, lots of audio demos and his first impressions.

via KeyboardMag

Roland Jupiter-80 Updated With Three New Filters, Effects

Roland Jupiter 80 updateMusikmesse 2012: Roland has announced a software update to the Jupiter-80 keyboard.

Here’s what’s new in the Jupiter-80 Version 2:

  • Three types of low-pass filters; combined with the previous type, a total of four filters are now available
  • New MFX structures; in addition to the previous parallel connection, a total of five structures (including serial connection) are available
  • A Registration Play screen for easier access to sounds during live performance
  • Better integration with SONAR software; a dedicated plug-in for your computer lets you easily map the JUPITER-80 to control SONAR’s faders and soft synths

Details below.

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Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer Now Available

Roland Jupiter-80 Synthesizer

Roland has announced that their new Jupiter-80 synthesizer is now shipping.

According to the company, the Roland Jupiter-80 “represents an unprecedented leap forward in the pursuit of the most authentically expressive electronic musical instrument, just as the legendary Jupiter-8 did when it was launched 30 years ago.”

The Roland Jupiter-80 has a suggested retail price of US $3,999, but is available for about $3,500.

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Roland Jupiter 80 Synth Jam – Alnitak’s Jovian Dream

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While most of the audio demos of the new Roland Jupiter 80 have focused on its modeling synthesis capabilities, a lot of readers want to hear its capabilities at more traditional synth sounds.

Here’s a synth jam that does just that – Alnitak’s Jovian Dream. Continue reading