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Great for classic jupiter sounds
Yes the real jupiter sounds better, but suprisingly not by much. This synth only lacks a slight thickness to the sound, but the timbre and controls sounds and feel like a jupiter. Its fantastic for on the go or in the studio. I found myself using it a lot for harmonic basses or high pitched arpeggios. The slight thickness i mentioned does take away a bit from its pads but this can easily be corrected by adding a chorus effect.
It's fantastic but it could have been better
PROs: Seems well-made and solid; adds 2 waveforms to LFO and a new SIN wave to VCO1 above what the Jupiter 8 had, and expands the VCO range; adds a delay effect that Jupiter 8 didn't have and a step sequencer; it does sound good and is fun to play with. CONs: The sliders are very small and fiddly and they don't send or receive MIDI cc; the delay doesn't have dedicated controls so you will have to keep reaching for the "manual" for a while until you get used to setting that; step sequencer is very basic especially if you are used to the modulation possibilities available on Arturia's Jupiter 8V plugin; Sound is limited to 44.1khz 24 bit; using usb for power rather than a dedicated supply means you're tempted to keep it near your PC which seems silly because you could use a plugin instead; no arpeggiator (unless you count the step seq); no keyboard split; only 4 voice polyphonic.
But of fun! Difficult to integrate.
Bought this on a whim and haven't fully explored it but the sound is great and I hope to work it into my rig a little more in the future. I find the step sequencer and the patch selecting to be a little obtuse but it is fun to dial up your own sounds with the controls although they are small and easy to move something accidentally while you set a control. I enjoy listening to it more than actually programming it and especially have had trouble with these types of synths syncing them up with my main synths. I know have a Novation SL MKIII that I hope will ease some of these problems and allow me to more fully integrate these types of synth voices into tracks.
I've enjoyed it a lot, a fantastic synth
Some sounds from the jp-08 are absolutely lovely, you can get punchy leads, really fat basses, some really lush, beautiful pads and of course some crazy sound effects. On the other hand the faders are really small which makes parameters like crossmod hard to get into the right place and there is a lot of stepping but when parameters like cutoff and pitch are assigned to envelopes and LFOs there is no recognisable stepping. The most annoying part for me was the 4 voice limitation, really annoying. If there were larger faders, 8 voices and an arpeggiator included it would be perfect for the price.