“One of the greatest analog synths of all time.”
A King is Born
Produced between 1981 and 1984, the JUPITER-8 was the pinnacle of Roland synthesizer engineering. Master-crafted with a now-iconic design, the eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer boasted deep programmability and a sweeping dynamic range.
The JUPITER-8 was a must-have for professional synth players and well-equipped studios throughout the ‘80s. Beloved for its robust analog sound and hands-on programmability, it’s famous for its unmistakably lush pads and cosmic leads. Named after the largest planet in the solar system, the list of hits featuring the instrument is huge and diverse.
Plug In Your Own JUPITER-8
The JUPITER-8 Software Synthesizer is a detailed recreation of the original, capable of the same rich pads, tectonic basses, and evocative leads as its hardware counterpart. Featuring eight-voice polyphony, 16 individual analog oscillators, and two or four-pole resonant filters, the virtual JUPITER-8 is a wildly customizable composition tool. From cross modulation to oscillator sync, the synth’s expansive effects parameters reward deep exploration. Newly added modern features include:
- Onboard reverb and tempo-syncing delay
- Tempo-syncing LFO that locks to your project
- Extended oscillator range
- Condition knob adjusts the sound of the JUPITER-8—clean and pristine to warm and broken in
The JUPITER-8 also supports our PLUG-OUT format, providing intuitive, hands-on operation with Roland's SYSTEM-8 hardware synth. Parameters are automatically mapped to the SYSTEM-8's controls, giving you a full-featured JUPITER-8 you can take to the stage without a computer. It's also possible to use the SYSTEM-8 or a Roland Boutique JP-08 for one-to-one, hands-on control of the software plug-in.
Sign up for Roland Cloud today to experience the colossal, otherworldly sound of the JUPITER-8. Craving more of that distinctive brand of Roland analog synthesis? Check out the JUNO-106, another of our classic keyboards with a distinguished pedigree.