MATRIXSYNTH: Roland JP-4 Jupiter-4 Compuphonic Synthesizer Owned by Ben Folds

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Roland JP-4 Jupiter-4 Compuphonic Synthesizer Owned by Ben Folds

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"This Roland JP-4 Jupiter-4 Compuphonic Synthesizer is from the private collection of Ben Folds, used in 'Ben's Studio' which was the former RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN

SN: 003733. Whoa! What an awesome vintage beats. Some scratchy pots and sliders but everything settles in. Missing the plastic slider on the VCF/LFO but the metal is still there. Some wear around the wooden veneer. Tape residue on some of the keys.

"Yes, I love this thing. I like that thing, that old Roland. I had a few Roland's, that's my favorite because it's the dirtiest sounding one. It will test your patience tuning it because you have to get a screwdriver out and then it goes in like little sections but, I used to do the tuning. I didn't mind doing that, but it's not like today. You know where everything is just in tune, you have to earn it with that keyboard, but it's so cool.

There's nothing that sounds like it. Yeah. I had bought about 4 synths in about, I don't know, 2002 maybe on on eBay. I think I was drunk on tour and I came home off tour and there are all these big boxes outside the studio and that was in one of them and I used it so many times. I used that for so much stuff.

That was the main keyboard for an album called Lonely Avenue that I made with Nick Hornby, the author, British novelist. I used it on an Amanda Palmer record. Actually, it's funny, I was using that. There's some lost tapes I made with Josh Groban where we were recording him and just odd circumstance that you wouldn't imagine his voice sitting into. I though it was beautiful. Apparently I think his label, and his producer at the time said, "You should not do that. Don't hang out with that guy anymore." But I remember using that as like a kind of a low bass sound doubling Josh's voice and an acoustic guitar and it was actually absolutely gorgeous.

It was really, really cool. It's nothing like what he normally does, which is great too, but actually that's what I think of the most when I think of that synth because it just something about the dirt of that synthesizer and Josh's voice was just very, very cool. Yeah. Lost lost tapes." - BF

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