"A [Mac](http://equipboard.com/items/apple-mac-pro), a lot of plugins, a keyboard, and some speakers. That’s the bare essence that I use 99%. I really like the UAD and Waves plugs, and I can’t resist using them the way every soundbook forbids. I’d be really ashamed to show the master strip I sometimes use, but hey, it sounds fat! I do have a lot of toys to play around with. To satisfy my vintage gear needs, I do have some nice analog synths like the Jupiter 8, [Korg PS-3100](http://equipboard.com/items/korg-ps-3100), (with a voice board for every one of the 48 keys!), the [Moog Voyager](http://equipboard.com/items/moog-minimoog-voyager) with a signature of Moog himself, [TB303](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tb-303), [TR505](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-505-rhythm-composer), [TR808](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-808-rhythm-composer), [TR909](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-tr-909-rhythm-composer), [DX21](http://equipboard.com/items/yamaha-dx21) [DX7](http://equipboard.com/items/yamaha-dx7-synthesizer), TX81, and a great [Doepfer modular](http://equipboard.com/items/doepfer-a-100-analog-modular-system) system." - [Benno de Goeij](https://news.beatport.com/behind-the-scenes-producer-benno-de-goeij-on-working-with-armin-van-buuren-and-other-trance-superstars/).more
In an article that discusses how Editors recorded their album *In This Light and on This Evening*, bass and keyboard player Russell Leetch talks about some of the synths they used in the studio, such as the Arp Odyssey and "various Junos." He makes a reference to Tom Smith’s Jupiter 8, which he says is like "eight Juno 106s joined together." Original article source [here](http://www.bluefat.com/1002/Editors.htm).more
"Part of what makes analog synths sound distinct is their imprecision; not all eight voices sound identical on this, which gives it a nice character in the context of a recording." -RJD2, [Thump.Vice Interview](https://thump.vice.com/en_ca/article/rjd2-gave-us-a-guided-tour-of-his-columbus-ohio-home-studio)more
When asked about his favorite synth/keyboard in the studio, Alex Metric replies: "Jupiter 8 is my favorite keyboard i have. 30 years old and i use it on everything. Infact i sent [madeon](http://equipboard.com/pros/madeon) a demo of my remix and he loved a synthline in it and had no idea how i made it. it was the jupiter 8! its old but sounds AMAZING" (original source [here](http://www.reddit.com/r/listentothis/comments/2ihchg/hi_im_alex_metric_ask_me_anything/cl27ke7)).more
"This is probably one of the greatest polyphonic synthesizers ever made, a roughed design classic with a magic sound. The sound is dreamy..so dreamy you might think it has got effects build in (but it doesn't). I think this is the most 'esoteric' in the Jupiter series (The Jupiter 4 is just plain rawness...a beast, the 6 is more clean plasticy and aggresive in the mid range). You just hold your arm on the keyboard and it sounds like Kitaro (I am not sure if this is a good thing). Its pretty straightforward in the synthesis architecture, the usual more advanced 'bi-trimbal' 2 oscie substractive synth, but the sound, created by very well designed Japanese circuits, and slider controls make this a very sought after expensive synthesizer. It is mostly used for soundtrack work and on you can hear it on the smackos Age of Candy Candy & [Waiting for the Red Bear](http://www.xs4all.nl/~awolfe/strangeliferedbear.htm) albums You can also hear it on the [Duneman](http://www.cbs.nu/robots/smackos-franz-falckenhaus-reports/general/2008/01/19/dune-man-soundtrack) soundtrack" via [Legowelt's Official Website](http://awolfe.home.xs4all.nl/studiojupiter8.htm)more
Best poly synth ever made. versitile. pretty metalic bells, searing leads, warm lush pads and strings, creamy soft sounds, hard phazing sounds, industrial ambient, techno, you name it, it can do it, but in a very pleasent way that no other synth can. I can even get damn good bass out of this thing.. its like a juno 106 on massive steroids.. i will never part with this synth, it is simply amazing.. i'm so happy to finally have one after all these years of lusting for one.. The filters, wow, the resonance, wow, the high pitched pretty sounds, wow. i am in love, and yes, this is now my favorite synth of all time..more
Visconti states in this interview with Roland: "I first bought a Jupiter-8 in the ‘70s: I still have it and it still works fantastically well. My oldest son, Morgan, started playing on that thing when he was about ten. It’s been in the family for years and it still gets used on recordings. Since then, I’ve had most of the Roland keyboards and modules like the XP-80, Fantom, JV-1080, XV-5080 and even the M-GS64. Back in the ’80s, I was programming with the MC-4 for The Moody Blues and others."more
Legendary synthesizer that excels at design/interface/performance capability and is simply pretty great in all other aspects. The very pinnacle of bread & butter polys. I think many synths sound better but no other vintage synth is such a solid, complete product.
I have had 4 of them over the years all different to each other, all varying conditions and with various minor ailments, but one thing they all had in common was MOJO, it is an organic, fat sounding vibe with a hifi top end, super fast envelopes and a snappy,zingy, creamy filter, super cross modulation and a fearsome unison button. I used it on many of my Automatic Records releases in the early 2000's.
Lush pads, mean, bass. I got mind for $600 in 1996. It had some sort of memory expansion mod which would not allow it to store patch memory but that has all been removed now and it saves patches just fine. It also had a JL Cooper sequencer attached to it but this also has been removed and it is back to stock condition. The cross modulation is nice.
I bough this new for $6500 in 1983 and had a Roland tech install MIDI in it. I have had it serviced and replaced all of the sliders and pots so everything works like new!