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Musikmesse Frankfurt 2014 Report – Part 1

From year to year it gets harder to decide whether or not to go the “Musikmesse” in Frankfurt. There’s just too much stress there. Everything’s much too loud, there’s not really enough time for anything … and it’s expensive: parking fees, eating out, and so on and so on. So it’s amazing that every year I’m again glad to have been there. It’s not so much the instruments, it’s the musicians, it’s the people round about, it’s the special atmosphere of being one freak among many freaks, all afflicted with the same incurable illness. A great feeling …

We’ll begin our 2014 stroll at Synthesizer Magazin (a German magazine). A nice collection of (surprise, surprise!) synths to be seen there … most of them vintage instruments.

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Roland Jupiter-80 V2 – new Low Pass Filters

Roland Jupiter-80 V2 - three new Low Pass Filters

Roland Jupiter-80 V2 - three new Low Pass Filters

Version 2 adds three more Low Pass Filters to Roland’s Jupiter-80. The internal EFXs are no longer limited to parallel routing, as Version 2 additionaly brings serial routing.

We recorded four audiofiles to compare the different Low Pass Filters. The settings are moderate and with the exception of the filter mode all parameters are the same in all four audiodemos. No EFX used.

Roland Jupiter-80 V2 - now with serial and parallel EFX routing

Roland Jupiter-80 V2 - now with serial and parallel EFX routing

We would like to thank Michael Menze of Rolandmusik.de for providing V2!

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Find a description of each audiofile in the Listening Room.

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Musikmesse Frankfurt 2012 – Roland JUPITER-80 Version 2

Roland Jupiter-80

Roland Jupiter-80

With the Version 2 software update, the JUPITER-80 offers new features that enhance its formidable synthesis power.

Three additional Vintage Low-Pass Filters
The filter section is one the most important tool kits for editing SuperNATURAL synth tones. Version 2 adds three types of vintage low-pass filters to the lineup. With the addition of these filters, each with unique cutoff and resonance behaviors, you can faithfully recreate coveted synthesizer sounds of the past. We had the chance to listen to them and they really seem to be an improvement. More details as soon as we get access to Version 2.

New MFX Structures
The previous MFX section allowed only parallel connection of the four effects for one Live Set, but with Version 2 you can select MFX structures that let you place up to four effects in series. By using these five MFX structures, you can take full advantage of the JUPITER-80’s powerful collection of effects to create intense electro-synth sounds and intricate ambient synth textures.

New Registration Play Screen
The new Registration Play screen provides easier access to your sounds during live performance. You can see all eight Registrations in a bank at a glance, and select them directly via the touch screen.

Improved SONAR Integration
The Version 2 update offers smoother integration with SONAR software. A dedicated plug-in for your computer lets you easily map the JUPITER-80 to control SONAR’s faders and soft synths.