JUPITER-8

Software Synthesizer

JUPITER-8
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Legendary ’80s Polysynth

Released in 1981, the JUPITER-8 is one of the most celebrated and sought-after polysynths of all time. This meticulous plug-in reproduction is accurate down to the circuit level, while also enhancing the original spec with modern features.

“One of the greatest analog synths of all time.”
—Reverb.com
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.

Respecting Royalty

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
Hardware Integration

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.

Specifications
Maximum Polyphony
8 voice
LFO
Waveform (SINE, TRIANGLE, SAW, SQUARE, RND1, RND2)
Rate
Delay Time
KEY TRIGGER (ON, OFF)
TRIGGER ENVELOPE (ON, OFF)
VCO Modulation
Modulation (VCO-1, BOTH, VCO-2)
LFO Modulation Depth
ENV-1 Modulation Depth
Pulse Width Modulation(PWM)
Pulse Width Modulation(PWM) Switch (MANUAL, LFO, ENV1+, ENV1-, ENV1+, ENV1-)
VCO-1
Waveform (SAW, PWM, TRIANGLE, SINE, SQUARE, NOISE)
Range (64', 32', 16', 8', 4', 2')
Cross Modulation
VCO-2
Waveform(SAW, PWM, TRIANGLE, SINE, SQUARE, NOISE)
Range (64', 32', 16', 8', 4', 2')
Oscillator Sync
Source Mixer
VCO-1 Level
VCO-2 Level
HPF
Cutoff Frequency
VCF
Cutoff Frequency
Resonance
Slope (-24 dB, -18 dB, -12 dB)
ENV Modulation Depth
ENV Modulation Switch (ENV-1, ENV-2)
LFO Modulation Depth
Key Follow
Velocity Sense
VCA
Level
LFO Modulation Depth
Velocity Sense
ENV-1(VCF)
Attack Time
Decay Time
Sustain Level
Release Time
Key Follow (On/Off)
ENV-2 (VCF/VCA)
Attack Time
Decay Time
Sustain Level
Release Time
Key Follow (On/Off)
Effect
Type (OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, FUZZ, CRUSHER, PHASER)
TONE
DEPTH
Delay/Chorus
Type (DELAY, PANNING DELAY, CHORUS 1, CHORUS 2, FLANGER, DELAY + CHORUS)
TIME
LEVEL
Reverb
Type (AMBIENCE, ROOM, HALL 1, HALL 2, PLATE, MODULATION)
TIME
LEVEL
Controller
BEND SENS PITCH
BEND SENS FILTER
MOD SENS PITCH
MOD SENS FILTER
PORTAMENTO
LEGATO (ON, OFF)
BEND RANGE
BEND GAIN (1, 2, 3, 4)
TEMPO SYNC (ON, OFF)
KEY ASSIGN (POLY, MONO, UNISON)
KEY HOLD (ON, OFF)
OCTAVE (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3)
CONDITION
Arpeggio
Arpeggio Mode (UP, DOWN, U&D, RND)
Arpeggio Range (1, 2, 3, 4)
Tune
430 Hz--450 Hz
Plug-Out Hardware
SYSTEM-8
Plug-In Formats
VSTi 2.4 (64 bits) * Windows only
VSTi 3.6 (64 bits)
AU
AAX
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Patches
Preset: 64
System Requirements (macOS™)
Operating System
macOS™ 10.10.5 or later
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 3.6 compatible
Audio Units (AU) version: V2 Audio Units compatible
PLUG-OUT Hardware2 
SYSTEM-8
CPU
Intel®  Core™ i5 or better (Quad-core CPU recommended)
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 16.7 million colors or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
The SYSTEM-8 driver must be installed on your computer to connect this software to the SYSTEM-8.
System Requirements (Windows®)
Operating System1
Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1
Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1
Microsoft® Windows® 10
Incompatible with Windows® RT, Windows® Phone or virtual machines such as Hyper-V, Virtual PC.
Host Application
VST instruments (VSTi) version: VST 2.4/3.6 compatible
PLUG-OUT Hardware2 
SYSTEM-8
CPU
Intel®  Core™ i5 or better (Quad-core CPU recommended)
RAM
4 GB or more
Hard Disk
100 MB or more
Display resolution and Colors
1280 x 800 dots or higher, 24 bits Full Color or more
Other
You'll need Internet connectivity to activate this software.
You'll need Adobe Reader (available free of charge) in order to read the online help.
The SYSTEM-8 driver must be installed on your computer to connect this software to the SYSTEM-8.
1. Although Roland has tested numerous configurations and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the PLUG-OUT SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
2. This Software Synthesizer cannot be plugged-out to SYSTEM-1 or SYSTEM-1m hardware. If the JUPITER-8 is already plugged-out to one of the plug-out destinations of SYSTEM-8 hardware, you cannot plug-out a new instance.
A SYSTEM-8 Hardware synthesizer is not required to use this instrument in your DAW, but is required for this software synthesizer to plug-out to a hardware synthesizer.
Microsoft Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.VST is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH. 

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