MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Jupiter-8 The Arpeggiator | Magic!

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Roland Jupiter-8 The Arpeggiator | Magic!

video by Espen Kraft

TheSynthFreq's Jupiter-8!

"I'm an arpeggiator addict. I've always been drawn to the synths that has built in arpeggiators. The Jupiter 8 has one of the best arps on any vintage synths, maybe the best even.

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Not necessarily because I'd use it in every song, I like to play my arps myself, but to me it's an instant source of inspiration, but also very usable in a live situation. Octave bass, fillers or just a fun way of chopping up the chords.

The arp in the Jupiter 8 is very cool. It defaults to the "Poly 2" key mode, but it can be used in all the key modes actually, in Unison as well.
In this video I also clock it from an external trigger (the 808) where I have programmed a 16 step accent that goes out of the 808 through the "accent out" and in to the JP8s arpeggio "trigger in".
You can also use DIN-sync from other external gear and the JP8 then gives you the possibility to change the clock divider, also from the back switches.

Using the trigger accents means that you can program any pattern you want and have the arp play according to the steps programmed so you don't HAVE to use only a 16 beat pattern."

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