MATRIXSYNTH: Super Jupiter Custom Sounds

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Super Jupiter Custom Sounds

Published on Dec 16, 2017 wedream2


1. Super Jupiter custom sound effects
I created a Super Jupiter patch program book, recording the parameters for 192 sounds. This facilitated the synthesis of new sounds, and through repeated tweaking of parameters, helped continually refine them. Each page contains data for 2 tones, and the patch parameters for split, dual, or 2 separate single tones. This video is part one, and showcases 31 sound effects produced in this manner. Best heard with stereo headphones.
2. Super Jupiter Custom Sounds Part 2
Being mainly a synth programmer rather than a keyboard player, I'm not the best person to showcase my own sounds, so pay more attention to the sound itself, rather than my playing. On some sounds I go up and down the keyboard to show the entire range. Occasionally I get inspired and carried away (as on my favorite lead sound "Lyricon." which has an accompanying water video). Toward the end, I provide a page from my patch book (introduced in the first video of this 3 part series) that shows the tone and patch parameter settings for 2 sounds: Keith Emerson's "Lucky Man" and Rick Wakeman Lead. If you have an MKS-80, pause the video and copy the settings and tweak to your taste.
3. Super Jupiter Custom Sounds Part 3
This is part 3 of 3 of MKS-80 custom sounds: Strings, Brass, Pads, & Keyboards. Pads are my favorite synth sound, so I spent a lot of time on these. The "Super Jupiter Pad" is my favorite, and I got carried away playing this one. It has an accompanying video. The pianos took a lot of time, because they are difficult to synthesize into useful, playable sounds. Velocity sensitivity makes all the difference, and is sorely lacking on the Jupiter 8. The MKS-80 is one of my favorite analogue synths.
4. Super Jupiter revisited: More custom Sound Effects
In my 4th Super Jupiter video, I demonstrate 17 new Sound Effects I recently programmed. Many of the sounds employ Xmod and a parameter rarely found on polysynths--adjustable pitch tracking for either VCO. This allows sound design typically only possible with modular synthesizers. New sounds were inspired by actual events, as on my first video (e.g. thunder sounds and babbling brooks, seashore with gulls, and insects). Check out swamp things, raceway, and flyby (propeller plane passing low overhead). In addition, there are numerous sample and hold variations and a few percussion sounds. IMO, as a sound designer, the MKS-80 module is Roland's best analog polysynth.

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