Roland Jupiter 50

A rich history of innovation.

“With its unprecedented fusion of synthesis and acoustic instruments, the new-generation Roland JUPITER has changed the way we play, react to, and feel a keyboard. By combining the supreme expression of the JUPITER-80 with the travel friendliness of the JUNO series, the new JUPITER-50 brings SuperNATURAL® sound and pro performance to every stage and studio”.

The Jupiter 50 is the smaller version of JP80 with a few things have changed; some downgrades in hardware, most notably the touchscreen, to make it more accessible in price. But the sound, feel and most of the specs are still there.

What is the biggest change?

No touch screen, which got replaced by a smaller monochrome screen. This equates to a couple of hundred bucks less, which is reflected in the price.

Lighter weight. There are a few changes and modifications hardware wise making it much lighter than its predecessor, the Jupiter80. This is a great update for the constant player doing gigs all over the place.

Supernatural Power

The JUPITER-50 houses over 1500 SuperNATURAL synthesizer tones found in the flagship JUPITER-80, plus all of its SuperNATURAL acoustic sounds (with Behavior Modeling) and many of its Live Sets. In fact, you can conveniently import the JUPITER-80’s Live Sets into the JUPITER-50 via USB flash memory. To achieve the same supreme sound quality as the JUPITER-80, the JUPITER-50 employs the identical analog audio components as its big brother, including the high-resolution D/A converter.

Essential Sounds onboard.

The JUPITER-50 is packed with over 1,500 SuperNATURAL synthesizer tones, plus over 70 SuperNATURAL acoustic instruments, each with its own dedicated sound engine. Choose, stack and edit any combination of four tones to create custom Live Sets.

  • For live performers: There’s a treasure trove of essential stage sounds packed into the JUPITER-50, anchored by our famous SuperNATURAL piano and electric pianos. Authentic organs are included as well, derived from our acclaimed VK organ sound engine, with a dedicated front-panel button that provides instant access to rotary effects.
  • For synth lovers: Choose from over 1,500 SuperNATURAL synthesizer tones and stack four of them to create a powerful Live Set. Classic synth sounds include analog favorites such as the Roland SH and JUPITER brass, plus digital sounds from the D-50, JD-800, and Fantom. Combine them with the SuperNATURAL acoustic instruments to create your own expressive, modern sounds.
  • For film composers: Expressive classical and ethnic instruments are at your immediate access for composition, from erhu, sitar, and flamenco guitar to timpani and oboe. Thanks to Behavior Modeling technology, the JUPITER-50 translates your keyboard performance into the unique musical nuances of each modeled instrument.

Easy Sound Creation

Complex sounds don’t have to be complicated to program. The JUPITER-50 simplifies the sound-design process with its color-coded front panel, fast-access buttons and sliders, and Registration/Live Set architecture (128 Registrations, 2,560 Live Sets) logically categorized and instantly available.

USB Functionality

The JUPITER-50’s built-in audio recorder/player lets you capture musical sketches and full performances instantly to USB memory. By pre-loading a USB stick with WAV, AIFF, and/or MP3 files, you can use them as live backing tracks onstage and control them from the JUPITER-50. You can even simultaneously record your performances on the keyboard along with audio file playback from USB.

High-Performance Effects

The JUPITER-50 boasts an advanced effects engine that takes your sounds into another dimension. There are five types of pro-grade reverb algorithms onboard, plus dozens of other special effects (MFX). And we’re only scratching the surface, as many other expressive performance tools are built into this powerful synth. You can select from five MFX structures that let you place up to four effects in parallel and/or serial paths. Using these structures, you can take full advantage of the JUPITER-50’s powerful collection of effects to create intense electro-synth sounds, intricate ambient synth textures, and beyond.

Watch this great review created by Dan ‘JD73’ Goldman for Music Radar:

To find out about the Jupiter series history, visit Roland´s website.

Luis Tovar

Luis Tovar

Nord Stage 2

How stage pianos should be!

Nord’s award-winning Organ, Piano and Synth technologies – All in one amazing package.

Do you know a company called Clavia DMI from Sweden? Probably not, right? But I bet you’ve heard about Nord synthesizers and keyboards, and if you haven’t, you’ve been missing the best technology in organs, pianos and synths.

Clavia DMI – Digital Musical Instruments is a Swedish manufacturer of virtual analog synthesizer, virtual electromechanical pianos and stage pianos, founded in 1983. They are really well known worldwide for their famous Nord products and of course the Ddrum triggers.

Nord has introduced their new flagship keyboard series, the Nord Stage 2 which includes everything that Nord has done in the past in just one amazingly user friendly interface!

This is the second version of Nords now famous Stage series. It utilizes their very latest sound generation technology in the three categories: piano, organ and synthesizer combined with a great user friendly interface. The Nord Stage 2 is what every stage piano should be!

I am currently playing with two different keyboard players in two different bands and they are both after one of these beauties! After doing some research, hearing it and being lucky enough to put my hands on one while my friend took it for a test drive I now know why they want it so badly and you will see what I mean when you watch a couple of videos I have for you!

As I mentioned before, the Nord Stage 2 has three different sections, piano, organ and synth. The piano section has the best acoustic piano sounds in the world and the most advanced vintage electric pianos as well as string resonance. The organ section includes the latest generation of B3 tonewheel organ modeling and simulations of classic vox and farfisa organs. And the Synth section has some of the most powerful classic analogue, FM and Wavetable synthesis. All these three sections include a very comprehensive effects section, single function control knobs and instant visibility of current settings plus much more!

Now, this beauty includes lots of features and there is heaps of things you could do and create at the same time, but, is it easy to use and manipulate, especially if you are playing live? According to Nord, yes it is! They thought about every keyboardist and arranged the sound generators and controls into dedicated sections, for piano, for keyboard and for synth.

So it has a very intuitive approach when it comes to programming, but it also shows you which settings are active by its flashy led lights-buttons. So forget about trying to see a screen, digging into menus and navigateing among thousands of options. All functions are controlled by single-function knobs.

I guess with all these cool and easy features you would assume that the feel of this keyboard is amazing and you’d be right. The Nord Stage 2 has top of the line fully weighted hammer action keys which also have been improved for response when playing rapid repeated notes. And Nord does something nobody else does – every keybed is individually and specifically tuned for a consistent response and balance.

As Nord says, “no sound is complete without the proper use of effects”. The new Nord Stage 2 incorporates all the effects required to cover every musician’s needs. Al of the three instrument sections – Organ, Piano and Synth – can be routed individually through the Stage 2’s built-in effect units. Turning the effects on and off, and controlling the routing is easily done by a touch of dedicated buttons, readily accessible at the bottom of each effects unit.

So PROS of the new Nord Stage 2: EVERYTHING! Best stage piano ever! CONS: NONE!!!

This is of course a very professional level stage piano, and with that comes a very professional price tag. Depending on where you buy it, you’ll pay between $3,000 and $5,000 USD. I wouldn’t recommend buying one if you’re just starting out, but definitely keep it in mind when you go pro!

Check out these videos and fall in love again: