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First full jam in the new studio space!

Usual suspects:

DRUMS: OB-DMX, Simmons SDS-V

BASS:  Arp 2600, SCI Pro One

SYNTHS: Jupiter 6, Jupiter 8, OB-DPX sampler

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Here’s a rainy day 2 Live Crew remix i did for fun…

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Dedicated to Erik S, Petey G, Meri D, and Jessie P.

Dance Like a Munchkin

Dance Like a Munchkin

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Usual Suspects:  Linndrum, SDSV, Roland TR 808, Arp 2600, Roland Jupiter 6

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So, there’s a lot of confusion around what classic Rolands sound like other Rolands.  And on keeping with my previous post on The History of Roland I figured i would put a concise thread together.

First there is a master chart:

ROLAND FILTERS

There’s also a short cheat sheet jpeg for the big boys of Roland fame borrowed from here::

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So, in my experience the Jupiter 6 and MKS 80 are very similar in sound ( i’ve used an MKS80 rev 4 ).  not particularly ‘deep’ but capable and very useful.

But the Jupiter 8 sounds DEEP.  Like DISCRETE transistor DEEP.  It’s beautiful sounding no matter how ugly a sound you make.

This is something the Juno 60 can do too in it’s own way. Tight Big Clear Fast.  But it’s oscillators aren’t as big feeling and they are DCO so they don’t drift in any real musical way.

The JX 8P / MKS 70 / JX 10 are in a separate category all together.  They are a bit grungier in sound and vibe and you sometimes have to work harder to get them to sing but it is in there.  It’s just not obvious at first or easy to squeak out.

The Juno family is split into two groups.  The Juno 6 and 60 are almost identical.  The Juno 106 / Alpha / and MKS 50 are thinner and less deep than the jupiter 6 and 8.  The Juno 106 kicks ass above the others in this class though because it has all the tactile control and good MIDI implementation ( MKS70/MKS80 have decent implementation, the Jupiter 6 has barely any and the Jupiter 8 had none! )

So, you pick your battles with old hardware i guess.  I happen to love the JP6 Europa because it’s more MIDI slick than a Juno 106 and sounds way better.  Plus you can do great interfacing with it!  For instance, you can trigger the arpeggiator from an external analog source and the Europa JP6 will transmit the arpeggios created via MIDI.  this is really fun for creating bass lines and other bouncy 80’s bits on multiple instruments rhythmically generated from an 808 for instance…

food for thought…

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This is a promotional post for a new video from Sex Party of New Orleans LA.

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Abe and i did the basic track together over last winter break.

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Featuring Arp-2600, Oberheim DMX, Simmons SDS-V, Jupiter-6, Oberheim OB-8…

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sex…

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sex…

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google that 3 times fast!

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This is an exciting post!  I have been working on this project for months in baby steps and it’s finally ready!  So here’s the deal, I bought out a guy’s analog collection basically to get a Roland Jupiter 8.  Included in the deal were a Roland TR-909 which i already posted about here: (  ) and a Roland Jupiter 6 which is todays post!

This is quite a specimen!  When i received the JP-6 it was mostly working and very updated.  It has the Europa mod which brings it’s brains up to 21st century MIDI capabilities.  The previous owner made wood sides to replace the stock metal ones, which i’m glad he also held on to.  The body went to  customsynth.co.uk  and was totally repainted and re-screened.  There was one large knob missing.  I tracked one down and did a course of the Retr0Bright process to get them all back to the original grey as some had yellowed due to sun damage.  The 2 prong power receptacle was replaced with a 3 prong IEC style one.  All of the sliders and pots have been replaced.  All the voices tune and STAY TUNED ( I burned this JP-6 in for 5 days in the studio and it was still in perfect tune at the end ).

In fact, when i looked under the hood the only functionality issues were in the Bender Board where the LFO 2 was non functional.  There were just some bunk components that were in need of replacement.  It’s sweet to look at and is probably the most pimped out JP-6 i’ve ever encountered.  On a side note, the previous owner painted the bender board caps blue which is cool but i tracked down some of the original white ones to see if they looked better.  I actually settled on a mix where the ‘Wide’ and ‘LFO 2’ buttons are blue and the ‘VCO’ buttons are white but still have the others just in case.

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I promised myself i would sell this piece and i’m sticking to it!  I have an identical O.G. JP-6 ( this earlier version MIDI In and Out/Thru only ) that this originally was and i’m too emotionally attached to it to sell it. :-D…

It will be offered up soon on the AH list.

and or Ebay!

Analogue Heaven

eBay

THANKS!

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