A name synonymous with classic 80s synthesis is the Roland Jupiter. Now in 2011, Roland bring back the Jupiter in the form of the Roland Jupiter 80. Classic synth ideas placed into a keyboard that can handle everything the modern gig can throw at it!
Jupiter 80 integrates Roland's SuperNATURAL synthesis engine for organic, huge-sounding synth patches and super expressivity.
With 256 note polyphony, a rugged (yet still retro-looking!) build quality and USB integration for recording and MIDI control, the Jupiter 80 brings back all the charm of the Jupiter synths with a little extra function for the modern keyboard player / musician.
Sound on Sound Review
The Jupiter 80's keyboard is very pleasant to play; a good compromise given the range of keyboard duties - from grand pianos to organs, to orchestral imitations to synth solos - that it will be asked to perform.
I placed my Jupiter 8 next to the Jupiter 80 and compared them directly. Of course where were differences, but in a blind test of some brass and string patches, I couldn't tell which synth was generating which.
Pros: It's a solid, robust performance synth with a good keyboard and reassuringly large, friendly controls. It's a surprisingly powerful and quite capable VA synth. It offers some excellent acoustic sounds. It incorporates a useful audio player/recorders. It's compatible with V-Link and MIDI Visual Control. It offers some unusual performance-oriented features not found elsewhere.
Cons: The programming architecture is not well explained. The effects structure is not as flexible as one might hope. There's no memory for saving edited Supernatural Acoustic sounds. Its name: I fear this will prove to be a handicap rather than a benefit. Its price, which puts it at the top end of the stage keyboard market.
[The Jupiter 80 is] a very capable performance keyboard offering some unusual features and some great sounds. But the Jupiter name could be a millstone, creating all manner of preconceptions that have to be eliminated before potential users can bein to appreciate it for what it is. In short: very interesting synthesizer, very poorly chosen name. If you're after a stage synth, check it out for the first reason, don't ignore it for the second.
Gordon Reid - Sound on Sound 2011
Here's what Roland say about the Jupiter 80
One of the most revered prefixes in the history of synthesis returns. Welcome the arrival of the JUPITER-80-a live-performance powerhouse that pays homage to its legendary namesake with road-proven hardware and massive sound, yet blasts into the future with advanced SuperNATURAL technology. The JUPITER-80's expressive, organic approach to synthesis makes a new world of sound design possible with multilayered SuperNATURAL textures under the control of a full-colour touchscreen and creative hands-on controllers. Experience the metamorphosis of a legend with the all-new JUPITER-80!
- Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more.
- Single Tone is equivalent to the performance of powerful single synthesizer-stack four of these to create a mind-blowing "Live Set"
- Tone Blender tweaks multiple parameters of tones in realtime for complex, emotive sonic movement during performance
- Fast, friendly operation with intuitive front panel and colour touchscreen optimised for live performance
- 76-note semi-weighted synth keyboard, and 256 polyphonic voices (varies according to sound-generator load)
- USB-memory Song Player/Recorder for backing tracks or quick idea capture
- Easy integration with computers via built-in USB-MIDI/Audio interface