Roland Jupiter-X series are two new digital synthesizers that not only have four synthesizer parts but also a powerful drum machine and samples in one instrument
The biggest news comes first. In addition to the new Groovebox MC-707 Roland also shows a new flagship Synthesizer: the Juputer-X series. Once again digital and can be seen as a System 8 successor on steroids. The Jupiter-X sound engine features five parts, yes five: four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland emulations like Jupiter-8, Juno-106, SH-101… but also many drum machines (TR-808, TR-909, CR-78…) and sounds from the XV-5080 & modern RD pianos. All this can be layered or splits inside the engine.
Even if it’s just digital, it sounds like a monster Synthesizer that includes the whole story of Roland. Looking at the interface, this has many familiar parameters known from the System-8 (OSC type, filter type…) Again, the press release is a bit unclear, but I assume that Roland packed everything into the engine and said goodbye to the plugout system. Further, it offers an AI-powered arpeggiator for each part that gives you instant new ideas. For those who do not want to spend $ 2500 in 2020, there is a Jupiter Xm version that is much smaller but offers the same powerful features. A big plus, it supports battery operation.
The Jupiter-X sounds very exciting at first glance and would describe it as a “historical” Roland Synthesizer because it contains almost everything with which one became known. They are not cheap, but you get a lot
Starting with the release of the JUPITER-4 in 1978, the JUPITER name has represented the pinnacle of innovation and quality in Roland synthesizers. JUPITER-X continues this tradition, combining classic Roland design and exceptional build quality with an all-new synth engine and the finest keyboard actions to date.
Flexible and deep, JUPITER-X’s next-generation sound engine lets users tap into Roland’s long history of genre-defining sounds and morph them together to explore unmapped sonic territory. Sought-after analog classics like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, and more are authentically reproduced, as well as digital machines like the vintage XV-5080 and modern RD pianos. Also available are Roland drum machine sounds that form the foundation of electronic and dance music, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, CR-78, and others.
JUPITER-X’s cutting-edge I-Arpeggio feature uses artificial intelligence to accompany user performances and inspire new musical ideas. 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 a DAW.
Built for on-the-spot music creation, JUPITER-X features an informative display and an array of large, comfortable knobs, sliders, and buttons. And with the dedicated effects section and quick switching between synth layers, the user can immediately take control of any aspect of a sound. This kind of natural, hands-on control gives players the feeling of reaching in, touching the sound, and instantly shaping it to suit the moment.
JUPITER-X’s sound structure includes five parts: four for synths and one for drums. Its engine can power multiple authentic Roland classics like the JX-8P or JUPITER-8 with enough polyphony to create thick layers and complex backing parts. With so much polyphony on hand, users can freely create layered sounds, splits, and backing parts without limiting complex chords or musical ideas.
JUPITER-X is available in two formats to fit different lifestyles and creative flows. The flagship JUPITER-X model features a spacious, full-size control layout and a 61-note keyboard with supreme playability. Compact yet extremely powerful, the JUPITER-Xm model is a complete electronic production and performance environment with a 37-note slim keyboard and support for battery-powered operation.
Roland Jupiter Xm will available in September 2019 for $1499.99. The flagship Jupiter-X (full-size 61-note keyboard) will be available in the U.S. in April 2020 for $2499.99
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