MATRIXSYNTH: MPG-8X Controller for the MKS-80 Super Jupiter | Review

Thursday, February 11, 2021

MPG-8X Controller for the MKS-80 Super Jupiter | Review

video by Espen Kraft

"I've been so lucky to be the first to try out the new MPG-8X from Retroaktiv, for the mighty Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter from 1985.

The Super Jupiter was one of the pros most used synth modules in the 80s. It appears on countless hit records and all debate set aside, it really is the best of both the Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 6, all rolled into one box. I will focus on the Super Jupiter in the next video, and why it's still so coveted, but this video is all about the controller itself that really crushes the original MPG-80 in terms of features and usability, although I freely admit that the original is still desirable and if you're a purist only the original will do. From practical standpoint the MPG-8X is really the best of the two, by far.

Again, a big thanks to Anders Jensen for loaning me his MKS-80, but also to Brynjulf Blix for loaning me another MKS-80 for the review. I will show some very cool footage of how the modules actually found their way to my studio, in the next video, the MKS-80 video."

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