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

KORG Microkorg

The perfect tool for any musician, producer, performer or beginner on the music field.

The Microkorg was introduced to the market back in 2002. You might say… well, this is not one of the latest gear reviews and I know that, but I really wanted to tell you about this amazing creation by KORG which has been used a lot in almost every music genre.

The Microkorg is very affordable but also very reliable and serious… it works great with almost any musical situation, especially in the electronic music field. Yet, it is still used by many different musicians playing anything from Jazz to soul players, R&B and Rockers!

Meet the Synthesizer that Changed Everything!

In the summer of 2002, Korg unleashed the compact and portable microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder. More than just another synthesizer, the microKORG virtual analog synthesizer opened a new avenue for music-making. Combining mini-keys, battery power, a simple-to-use interface, and phenomenal sound, all at an attractive price, microKORG made the synthesizer available to every musician. Bass players, singers, guitarists, producers, DJs, horn players, all flocked to add the professional sounds of the microKORG synthesizer to their instrument arsenal.

One of the top-selling synthesizers in the world every year since its release, microKORG remains the champion of Korg’s successful microSERIES: the microKORG XL, microSAMPLER, microPIANO, microSTATION, and microARRANGER.

MicroKORG Highlights:

  • 37 mini-keys with velocity sensing
  • 4-Voice Analog Modeling synth engine
  • 128 completely editable presets
  • 5 Assignable, tweak-able, real-time edit knobs
  • 8-Band Vocoder with gooseneck mic
  • Unique Formant Hold and Formant Shift Vocoder features
  • Interactive arpeggiator with selectable steps
  • External audio processing
  • 3 Effects: Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, and Ensemble
  • 3 Delay Modes plus a 2-Band EQ
  • High-visibility LED display and indicators
  • Illuminated buttons
  • Retro-styling with solid wood end blocks
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation wheels
  • Battery-powered portability

Great sounds and expression

Korg has used all of the microKORG’s synthesizer and vocoder power in the creation of 128 great-sounding presets. They cover a wide range of the latest musical styles plus many vintage favorites. Sixteen vocoder programs are also included. The Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel and five other knobs provide flexible real-time control over filter cutoff, attack, release and other important parameters. The Edit Mode allows players to fully edit the existing sounds, or create new ones to suit their needs.

Latest news…

MICRO MAKEOVERS! MicroKorg is getting all decked out in limited edition colors for the 10th Anniversary of Micro. Get your hands on an eye-catching black/red or all-black model before they’re all gone. Available through selected retailers late November.

Luis Tovar

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