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- Huge Synth. Small Package.
- Hands-On Control
- New Sound-Shaping Options
- USB Audio Interface for Direct Recording into Your DAW
- Develop Your Ideas with a 16-Step Sequencer
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JP-08 Boutique Sound Module. The legendary Jupiter-8 synth is back as a limited-edition tabletop sound module. Part of the Roland Boutique Series, the JP-08 Boutique is all about hands-on control and that iconic Jupiter sound. Those engaging analog strings and pads, those blistering leads, and those bass patches are yours again, but with better control than ever. With an array of 36 knobs and sliders from the original Jupiter-8 front panel, the 4-voice JP-08 Boutique is highly programmable and encourages sonic experimentation, especially with the built-in speaker and battery operation. Using Roland's acclaimed Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) technology the JP-08 Boutique faithfully reproduces the original Jupiter-8 sounds and adds a few new twists in the form of extra LFOs and expanded VCO range. You can even slide the JP-08 Boutique into the optional K-25m keyboard unit for a self-contained, go-anywhere synth experience. Huge Synth. Small Package. The Jupiter-8 was a big synth in every way; physically imposing with loads of knobs and sliders, and most importantly, a huge sound. The JP-08 Boutique retains the big sound of the Jupiter-8, but shrinks everything else – including the price – into a module measuring under 12 in. across. Hands-on control With such an expressive sound engine, you'll want to shape the sounds to match your mood. With 36 of the original parameters accessible from the front panel, the JP-08 Boutique is all about hands-on control, and even users of the Jupiter-8 will quickly feel at home as the user interface and programming "feel" is highly reminiscent of the original. New sound-shaping options Even though the JP-08 Boutique is an authentic recreation of the Jupiter-8, Roland also included a few extras. The JP-08 Boutique adds several new waveforms to the original architecture, including TRI and NOISE for the LFO and SIN for VCO-1, and both VCOs have an expanded range for even more sound shaping potential. Develop your ideas w...
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First up, you will be shocked at how tiny this thing is. It is about 50% longer than a DVD case, almost the same width and a bit more than double the thickness. I also bought the K-25m keyboard and the whole thing is smaller than my 13" laptop. It feels well made and should hold up to a little intermittent gigging.
Having a dedicated slider, knob or switch for most functions is fantastic. One of the features I particularly like is the MANUAL button that instantly gives you the sound based on the current positions of all the controls. It makes it a breeze to create your own sounds from scratch. The layout of the controls couldn't be simpler and the LEDs in the sliders just make you want to create your own sounds as soon as you turn it on.
When it comes to sound creation, the JP-08 has great oscillators with lots of modulation and cross modulation options. There are a good range of waveforms available and flexible tuning options. It's a pity, then, that the filter is not really anything special. It gets the job done but that's about all. That is undoubtedly why the Jupiter 8 was best known for it's big leads and lush pads, sounds that don't really push the filter. The two ADSR envelopes and LFO do just what you'd expect, with the LFO offering plenty of waveforms. The presets give you a fair idea of what's possible but, surprisingly, a lot of them sound very similar.
Perhaps the best feature of the JX-08 is the DUAL mode, which allows you to stack two sounds. It feels like it doubles the polyphony, because you can still play four notes. There are also UNISON and SOLO voice modes. UNISON is a bit disappointing because you can't control it and it doesn't really add the kind of thickness you might want. There are other features buried inside the synth, like a delay effect and settings for portamento and other functions, but they are not marked on the panel so you have to read the manual to know how to get to them. The manual is pretty terrible, it's just one big sheet of paper, recreated in PDF format if you download it. There is a two character LED that is not very helpful, either.
There are some good things and some decidedly ordinary things about this synth. Overall, though, I think it is definitely worth having a good, close look at because it packs a pretty big sound into a very small package for a very good price. I also have a Korg Minilogue, which has different strengths and weaknesses. The two complement each other well but if I could only have one, I think I'd choose the Korg.