Roland Boutique Series JP-08 Limited Edition Module

4-voice Synthesizer Module and 24-bit/44.1kHz USB Audio Interface, with 2 Oscillators, 2 Filters, 1 LFO, 2 Envelopes, 16-step Sequencer, and MIDI I/O
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Jupiter-8 Sound in a Compact, Portable Module

Roland's Jupiter-8 synthesizer is back, in the JP-08 sound module. Part of Roland's Boutique Series of synth modules, the JP-08 uses Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior modeling to faithfully re-create the tone and sound-design potential of one of the world's most iconic synthesizers. And even synth purists at Sweetwater are pleased to see some welcome enhancements, such as more LFO waveforms and expanded VCO range. You get ample hands-on control, a built-in 16-step sequencer, and true portability. Best of all, the Roland JP-08 four-voice synth module sounds as huge as the original Jupiter did.

Roland JP-08 Four-voice Synthesizer Module at a Glance:
  • 36 knobs and sliders for hands-on sound creation
  • Enhanced with more LFO waveforms and VCO range
  • Create huge eight-voice sounds by chaining two modules together
  • Portable music production with 16-step, 16-pattern step sequencer
  • Combine with Roland's K-25m keyboard dock for a complete mini synth
36 knobs and sliders for hands-on sound creation

Fans of the original Jupiter-8 will feel right at home with the Roland JP-08 module. An array of knobs and sliders gives you immediate access to all the parameters you need to create huge pads, leads, and basses. Touch strips for pitch bend and modulation complete this compact module's ample control set.

Enhanced with more LFO waveforms and VCO range

The Roland JP-08 expands the capabilities of its predecessor by giving you more LFO options. In addition to sine, saw, square, and random waveforms, you now have triangle and noise waveforms too. VCO 1 now has sine and noise waveforms as well as the original triangle, saw, square, and pulse.

Create huge eight-voice sounds by chaining two modules together

The four-voice JP-08 module can re-create the full eight-voice glory of the original Jupiter by chaining two of them together. Even better, in chain mode you can control sound parameters for both modules from the master module. That means you can sweep filters, manipulate LFOs, and tweak other parameters across both modules without having to try to turn multiple knobs simultaneously.

Portable music production with 16-step, 16-pattern step sequencer

You don't need an external sequencer or keyboard to have fun with the Roland JP-08 synth module. It packs a 16-step sequencer, which allows you to save up to 16 patterns. And because you can power it with four AA batteries, and it has a built-in speaker, you can sketch out song ideas anywhere.

Combine with Roland's K-25m keyboard dock for a complete mini synth

If you want to turn the JP-08 module into a complete keyboard synth, just connect it to Roland's K-25m keyboard dock (sold separately). The K-25m is made specifically for Roland's Boutique Series of synth modules, and offers 25 velocity-sensitive keys.

Roland JP-08 Four-voice Synthesizer Module Features:
  • Compact, portable synth module based on the iconic Jupiter-8 synthesizer
  • Uses Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior modeling to re-create the character of the original Jupiter
  • Multiple modules can be chained for more voices
  • Ample hands-on control with 36 knobs and sliders
  • Includes extra waveforms and VCO range not found on the original Jupiter
  • Ribbon controllers for pitch bend and modulation
  • Powered via 4 AA batteries or USB
  • Built-in mini speaker
  • Can be used as a 24-bit/44.1kHz USB audio interface
  • Compatible with the optional K-25m keyboard dock (sold separately)
A legendary synthesizer is re-born in the Roland JP-08!

Tech Specs

Polyphony 4
Expansion Connect second JP-08 for 8 voice capability
Effects Types Dual Ribbon slide controllers for pitch bend, modulation
Sequencer 16-step
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" TRS
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" TRS, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
Digital Inputs 1 x USB Type Micro B
Digital Outputs 1 x USB Type Micro B
Height 1.81"
Width 11.81"
Depth 5.0"
Weight 2 lbs. 3 oz.
Power Supply USB bus power, 4 x AA batteries
Manufacturer Part Number JP-08

Customer Reviews

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powerful little unit

Love this little unit, incredibly powerful range of sounds, from amazing 64 sub bass tho super sharp metallic sounds. Cross mod on the second oscillator can get you real nasty sounds. The resonance filter seems to have a counter so it does not self oscillate which makes it less acidic. The sliders are very short, so small movements can make big changes. I recommend getting the matching K-25m keyboard to make it more playable. I used another external keyboard and sequencer for a while but the K-25 really unlocks its flexibility. All up, super impressed with the capabilities at such a low price.
Music background: Electronic Music

JP08 sound

Wonderful sound. Have bought two of them that i chain through and get smashing sound. The sounds will transport you into another universe and my Roland JDXi sounds so weak next to these guys when they pump out sequenced bass. Very good sound and so tweak able. Of course in such a tiny unit the sliders are going to test your patience after a while. But at 800 dollars i got 8 ACB voices that sound dam fine!

I am a believer!!!

Bought the JP-06. I have to admit I was a hater at first and very let down knowing they were digital and not analog. Being a Juno-106 owner, this little re-creation is just as good right down to emulating the static loudness from the original. I own plenty of other analog emulators like the TI, MS2000, Nord to name a few. While these sound fantastic, every time I play these you can clearly hear they are digital machines, which is fine no complaints. Playing and editing the JU-06, I instantly felt like I was hearing and programming a real analog synth! IMO it sounds and feels that great! Totally blown away by the quality and sound from these machines. I am converted!!!
Music background: Producer, songwriter

Nearly a Jupiter...

Everything about this synth is great, except for the size of the faders- they are tiny! (which is fine for me; I have small hands) Although it does not quite match the warmth and wonder of the real Jupiter-8, it sounds pretty close, and has all you would expect from a vintage Roland; fat basses, soaring leads, and lush strings. So portable, so easy to use, and so great. Thanks for another great product, Roland. (P.S. Sweet water are the best!!)

Awesome machine

The 1/8" outputs, micro-usb connector, and the 'either AA batteries or USB powered' limitation are all terribly lame. Slightly less lame: 4 voices limitations on boxes of sliders that house dedicated software synths. Chain mode is a way to make you pay more for the eight voices a real Jupiter 8 came with.Those things are all true and not one of them matters one freaking bit.It's amount the cheapest synths I've ever purchased, and most of the ones I've had have heretofore been used, fairly crappy synths. I liked them at the time, but I've never owned a Jupiter 8. Never laid a finger on one or been in a room with some save maybe that time I saw The Cars play. So I can't tell you that this sounds exactly like a vintage Jupiter 8.But it sounds freaking awesome. Hands down the best synth of any kind I've had my grubby little hands on. So what if chain mode is an excuse to make you spend more money? For the sound of this thing I'd have paid twice the price already. It's the first time I've not immediately replaced out all the presets with custom sounds first thing, it's that good.
Music background: Frequent complaints from the neighbors
See also: Roland, Roland Synthesizers