Roland Jupiter-4


Released in 1978, the Jupiter-4 was one of the first analog polyphonic synthesizers available and featured 8 memory locations and an arpeggiator. Like many synthesizers of that era it featured preset buttons like "Piano", "Brass" and "Strings". While those instruments might not be the most obvious references when listening to these presets today, there's no doubt the Jupiter-4 could produce some truly amazing sounds and it has contributed signature sounds many famous recordings including Duran Duran's 'Rio'.

Other famous players include: Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Meat Beat Manifesto, Saint Etienne, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Stevie Wonder, Tears for Fears, Thomas Dolby, The Cars, The Human League and Vangelis.

Sound demos

Listen to a soundclip of some assorted samples (by Åke Danielson). (JP4 Decay Syn, JP4 Evolve, JP4 Filter Wah, JP4 Perc Lead, JP4 Studiobass, JP4 Zipper)

Sound list

  • JP4 Bass Square BR
  • JP4 Brass BR
  • JP4 Decay Syn BR
  • JP4 Evolve BR
  • JP4 Fat Lead BR
  • JP4 Filter Wah BR
  • JP4 Flimmer BR
  • JP4 Perc Lead BR
  • JP4 Polysyn BR
  • JP4 Seq Drop BR
  • JP4 Strings 1 BR
  • JP4 Strings 2 BR
  • JP4 Studiobass BR
  • JP4 Superlead BR
  • JP4 SynPiano BR
  • JP4 Trumpet BR
  • JP4 Voice BR
  • JP4 Zipper BR