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)

Here’s a video intro:

Here are more extensive demos of the various patches:

According to Roland, each of these classic synths have between 10 and 20 iconic factory preset sounds that distinguish their character, and they’re all represented among 123 newly created single Tones for the Jupiter-80/-50.

There are 512 new Live Sets also included that combine the historic synths together using layers and multi-effects processing. Many Live Sets feature single legacy Tones, enhanced with effects unavailable in the original instruments, and nearly 300 new arpeggio patterns are included that are designed for a wide range of contemporary electronic music genres.

Future Jupiter Synth Legends volumes will feature the sounds from other analog classics and spotlight the three vintage LPF types available in the Jupiter-80/-50.

See the Jupiter site for details.

10 thoughts on “Roland Announces Free ‘Jupiter Synth Legends’ Collection

  1. Not very close to the originals I’d say. I think you can get closer with some of the latest vst-synths, like the u-he Diva or Tal’s new Juno-emulation.

  2. Something about this is so tragic. Legendary synth maker creates sounds “inspired” by their own classic hardware for nasty wedding band keyboard.

  3. The funny thing is if they put all these sounds in a box that only played these sounds and nothing else, it would sell better than the current boxes they are trying to move.

  4. Smart addition!

    The real question for me is not whether these are an exact match – that seems ignorant of the differences between different approaches to synthesis.

    What’s more important is whether these are musically useful, evocative and playable sounds, and that seems to be a no-brainier ‘yes’.

  5. well… the D50 patches seem to have completely different samples from those in the D50 – this is not bad of course, but it simply sounds very different… “inspired by” D50. I just wonder when I can play a real emulation of the D50…

    1. The V-Synth XT emulates the D-50 “exactly” down to the output characteristics, but yeah, I wish I could just buy a $100 plugin. Currently watching a lot of D-550 ebay auctions for a cheap one.

  6. Here’s an idea , Roland. Do what Moog did and release up to date versions of the Synths that everyone craves instead of expensive digital ’emulators’ that sound nothing like the originals. I’d buy one. The idea of having a manageable Jupiter 8 that is stable and can be multi-timbral would be something I would actually invest in, and would sell better than the current crop of rubbish 🙂

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