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Roland Reveals Jupiter X and Jupiter Xm Synthesizers
Rounik Sethi on Thu, September 5th 0 comments
Alongside the new grooveboxes, Boutique synths and Fantom range, Roland has announced the new Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm synthesizers. Here's what we know so far...

Along side a busy day of Roland synth, groovebox and instrument announcements, comes two new Jupiter synthesizer models. The Roland Jupiter X and Jupiter Xm have been revealed to AskAudio, but at time of publishing this piece no official details were forthcoming.

We will update this article with details as and when the features, etc are made public.

In the meantime, enjoy the detailed images which clearly show a number of features on the Jupiter-X:

4 oscillators, LFO, 2 envelopes, built-in effects including drive, chorus, reverb and delay, 61-key keyboard, one LED display and one digital screen, an arpeggiator and a 16-step sequencer.

And, now on to the more compact 37-key Jupiter-Xm. We're going to have to wait to confirm the number of oscillators. As you can see from the image below there's two LFOs, a step sequencer, a single display, built-in effects (delay, reverb, drive and chorus), a single envelope and an arpegiator.

This article will be updated with availability, spec, features and official prices for both the Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm as and when this information becomes public.

Here is the full press release:

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.

Roland Jupiter-X

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.

Sound Engine

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.

Roland Jupiter-Xm

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.

Price: Jupiter-Xm - $1,499.99 USD / Jupiter-X - $2,499.99 USD.

Available: Jupiter-XM: September 2019 / Jupiter-X: April 2020.


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