MATRIXSYNTH: New Mini Roland JP-08 Image Leaked

Saturday, September 19, 2015

New Mini Roland JP-08 Image Leaked

Update: new post with all three new Roland Boutique synths here.

Rumor is it will run $300.

Follow-up to this post.

One of the three upcoming Roland Boutique Mini synths. This one clearly modeled on the classic Roland Jupiter-8.

Looks like fun to me!


Update: below is the front panel of a Jupiter-8 from this post, so we can compare them.

- The LFO on the new JP-8 has additional waveforms.
- VCO-1 Range has additional 16 and 32 settings.
- VCO-1 has additional waveforms but appears to lose the triangle waveform for two sinewaves.
- VCO-2 Range extends from 16 to 64.
- VCO-2 Waveforms match VCO-1 but instead of noise there appears to be something else.
- On the JP-08 the two ENV Key Follows are moved to one switch with the four possible combinations of key follow for both envelopes, ENV-1 only, ENV-2 only, or Off.
- The arpeggiator on the Jupiter-8 appears to have been replaced with a sequencer on the JP-08.
- There are two Poly modes on the Jupiter-8. The JP-08 has one Poly button. Not sure if both modes are supported.
- The lower and upper hold buttons are absent from the JP-08.
- The JP-08 is missing the master Volume, Balance, and Master Tune knobs. Curious how you adjust volume on it - the VCA Level slider?
- The JP-08 adds two touch strips.

Everything else pretty much looks spot on.


  1. looks like all the controls could be accommodated on a system 1 , it would be nice to drop the new models onto a system 1 as plug outs , and like wise stand alone sh101 and sh2 etc , would be good to have , jeff customsynth

  2. volume is on the rear panel on JP-08

  3. Thanks to someone at Synthtopia:
    Keyboard unit

    Before seeing the Reface series, people were thinking they might be something like these. After seeing the Refaces, I have been thinking being something more like this would have been better. And now, Roland surprises us by actually doing it.

  4. Since there's an audio input jack; would one be able to route an external source through the JP-08 VCF?



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