Roland has introduced the Jupiter-X line, a new series of premium synthesizers that they say offer “a diverse selection of sounds and advanced composition and performance features”.
The Jupiter-X’s sound engine is inspired by Roland’s long history of genre-defining gear. Analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101 and others are recreated, as well as digital machines like the vintage XV-5080 and modern RD pianos.
Also available are the sounds of classic Roland drum machines, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, CR-78 and others.
The new Jupiter-X will be available in two formats:
- The flagship Jupiter-X model features a full-size control layout and a 61-note keyboard.
- The Jupiter-Xm model is designed to be a compact music production and performance system, built around a 37-note slim keyboard, with support for battery-powered operation.
The Jupiter-X’s sound architecture features five parts: four for synths and one for drums. It can run multiple sound engines, like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8, with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. You can freely create layered sounds, splits,and backing parts, without needing to limit your performance or composition.
The Jupiter-X’s I-Arpeggio feature uses artificial intelligence to accompany your performances. I-Arpeggio takes player-created notes, rhythms, and phrases and uses them to develop complementary drum parts, basslines, chords, and arpeggiated lines in real time. It works on each of Jupiter-X’s five parts simultaneously, and generated patterns can be customized and even exported to aDAW.
The Jupiter-X features a large display and an array of large knobs, sliders, and buttons. It’s also designed for immediacy, with a dedicated effects section and quick switching between synth layers.
Here’s the official intro video:
Pricing and Availability
The Jupiter-X line is expected to be available in September, with two models: