Roland Jupiter-6 by fxs
After being on the quest for a analog polysynth with an full & instant interface for sometime, I decided to get a Jupiter 6, I had one during the 80's and really liked then; I was lucky to find one in museum condition, not a scratch, when I heard The JP 6 again, it was love at first sight, or love at first sound.
The JP 6 was the very first midi synth from Roland,( it was used in 1983 at NAAM to demonstrate this new MIDI thing with a SCI Prophet 600) so the implementation is dated, did not sync the arpegiator to MIDI clock, and the front panel knobs did not generated any midi data when moved, That's why it needed Europa Mod. Bought it and was easily installed.
The JP6 is a very complex polysynth with a deceptively simple looking front panel, it has plenty of continuously adjustable modulation capacity, a lot more than say an OBXa, it has two oscillators with all the basic waveforms sine, saw, pulse & noise, all of them simultaneously available courtesy of Europa Mod, its got a multi mode filter, where the resonance is not as sweet as other analogs, but the flexibility of this filter wins over, LPF w resonance can growl in a acid funny almost digital kind of way, but if you use the Bandpass or highpass then you are entering JP 6 territory, of uncharted thin & weird sounds,
Two ADSR envelopes and a VCA complete the flow of this synth
Classic pads, brass, SFX, bass, this synth can do anything you throw at it, quickly & with grace, unlike other polys, it can do a very good impersonation of a monosynth without sounding small,
It has 6 voices that can be split into 2-4 or 4-2, each half having its own arpegiator, same clock though, two mono and two poly modes, Europa adds lots of extra arpegiator modes, Midi clock works as a charm so all of those musical ideas that originated from the arpegiators and used to get lost, can be put to use integrating them easily with my sequenced environment,
I have about 20 different synths, 12 of them classic analog ones, this is my dessert island synth, use it all the time, always delivers,