“Since becoming the lucky owner of the Roland Jupiter 8, it has become the central piece of my studio. As a crazy synth collector I already have lots of Roland gear like the Juno60, Sh2, Sh8, MC202. Each one of those synths has a specific purpose. However, the Jupiter 8 has everything inside — '80s bass arpeggios, warm subby bass, silk pads, hardest hits etc.
“It's an eight voice polyphonic keyboard and in my opinion only the Memorymoog is equally interesting in that category, but for different reasons, they are really complementary. The Memorymoog is more 'psychedelic' and a bit warmer, but that’s another story. The Jupiter 8 is also more efficient and easy to use in a mix with other 'virtual' keyboards and modern drums.
I used this keyboard on most of my previous songs and remixes released on my label Partyfine, like 'Last of Our Kinds', 'Truth', and even the last songs I wrote together with The Magician. All those songs included a mix of real instruments, drums but also drum machine, a few virtual synths and of course the Jupiter 8 on top.
“Compared to all the younger brothers of the Juno and Jupiter family this one only misses the typical Roland chorus, but as soon as you process it on an external FX it starts to sing and give its full potential. It's really on another planet.
“People often ask me which analogue keyboard they should buy to start a studio and I always say 'break your piggy bank and go ahead'. It's expensive, but it's got everything you need if you want to get into fat analogue keys.”
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