Sounds of the Roland JUPITER-Xm Synthesizer


This is the JUPITER-Xm. Now before we get into the sounds,
let’s talk about the build. The JUPITER-Xm has a premium metal
chassis, a mini keyboard and loads of inputs and outputs including XLR outputs. It’s actually very useful if you’re on the road as well because it has a built-in Bluetooth speaker that allows you to stream audio wirelessly,
and it can also run on batteries. Let’s talk about the sounds… The JUPITER-Xm combines our new ZEN-Core sound engine with the ‘Model Bank’ technology which allows us to emulate anything from vintage Roland analog classics like the JUPITER-8 and the JUNO-106, even JX-8P, and so on, but also it allows us to emulate digital classics with PCM sounds. But we can also emulate our classic stage piano the RD-700GX or as we call it “SuperNatural Piano”. So basically, loads of sound design possibilities in there, not only because of these different models but you can also tweak your sounds, you have loads of real-time control and you can layer them—up to four parts. You can add a drum part on there as well and we also have the ZEN-Core engine itself. So this has a completely different character of the sound and can create anything from beautiful acoustic sounds to analog-type synthesizers. All of this in one box is a really powerful synthesizer with loads of versatility. It can handle up to 256 voices—depending on the type of synthesis you choose. And finally we have a really nice ‘Effects’ section here with direct access to things like Drive Level, Chorus Level, Delay Time, Reverb Level and so on. Well, let’s have a listen to a few sounds. I currently have an expression pedal connected down here to make things a little bit easier when it comes to the filtering. Here is a classic style JUPITER-8 pad. Now we can quickly move over to a JUNO-106 pad so very similar style in sound but a completely different character of
the actual sound engine. You can also hear the difference in the filter… Now let’s try something completely different.
We have a ‘Bass’ on the JUNO-106 once again and I’ve assigned some controllers here and also some layers. So, for instance, I can simply start with a
single JUNO-106 ‘Bass’… Because I have my assignable controllers,
I can control the level of my layered JX-8P ‘Bass’ as well So if we go here… Now that is the layer of my second ‘Bass’ and actually I’ve assigned this [SL2] to be the filter on my second ‘Bass’… and the filter of my first ‘Bass’ is still… on my foot so I’m in full individual control of both sounds at the same time. and… let’s… hey… let’s put some
Drive on the ‘Basses’… on ‘Bass 2’ there. So now we’re in full control again and we can play around… So that’s some of the fun you can have
with really plastic-y, distorted bass sounds. Let’s try something else: Now we can go into an SH-101, a kind of arpeggio, but of course this is a
JUPITER-Xm and this is now a polyphonic SH-101. We can also, of course, use these vintage sounds for more kind of experimental purposes and I have a really nice ‘Effects’
section here like I mentioned earlier but we can also assign some of these
Effects to let’s say the Pitch and Mod Wheel. So we have the classic Roland ‘DJFX Looper’ which I have now actually assigned to my Pitch and Mod Wheel and if you don’t know the ‘DJFX Looper’, basically takes a small portion of sound and freezes it and loops it, and then lets you also control this, the size of this portion of sound, and the pitch and tempo. So let’s have a listen to what that can sound like… So now I have a little frozen loop there and my Pitch Wheel is actually controlling the speed… and pitch… of this loop and this is really interesting when you start doing things kind of behind-the-scenes whilst this loop is looping. So, for instance, I can play a chord again… and now I can start doing things on the keys which you won’t hear… until I kind of bring… them quickly in like that. So that’s some of the fun you can have with a ‘DJFX Looper’ and other types of effects that you can also assign to the Pitch and Mod Wheel. Okay, so let’s try some of the famous XV-5080 Sound Module, so really classic kind of sample-based PCM sounds here.
We have a little ‘Voice’ Pad… So a bit of a classic XV-5080 kind of vocal sounds but we also have of course one of my favorite patches of all time which is the ‘Psycho Piano’. And that was a couple of the XV sounds.
And now let’s go for our classic RD-700 Piano and we’re gonna do a little bit of layering with this so here’s the piano by itself…. and now I have assigned my ‘Slider 2’
here for my layered pad levels and we can just bring these slowly together. Okay, so that was the RD-700GX emulation, and now finally I want to show you a couple of quick examples just using the ZEN-Core engine alone which is now not emulating anything; so no vintage emulation, no JUPITER, JUNO, stuff like that but just the JUPITER-Xm ZEN-Core in itself. …and maybe some kind of tremolo organ-type style. …and we can also add some big, fat ‘Bass’ sounds as well… and we even have, in the ZEN-Core, we have a really advanced Step Modulator which not only allows you to do step modulation but also different curves on each step, so it could sound like, something like this… Now, let’s have a look at something else in the JUPITER-Xm which I find is really cool and that is the I-Arpeggio. Now the I-Arpeggio, of course as the name implies, is an arpeggiator but it has a couple of real unique features. and, one, it will sense the rhythm you’re playing and adapt the arpeggio rhythm afterwards and the second really interesting feature with I-Arpeggio is that it can actually distribute the arpeggio rhythmically across different channels. So, for instance, you can have one, two, three sounds playing completely different rhythms or kind of cancelling each other out in the arpeggio rhythm. I’ll start very simple… just a single note… but you can already hear some things are happening, not much, but you can already hear the two different parts kind of interacting with each other a little bit. And, what happens now, if I play a
slightly more intense rhythm? Now things are suddenly starting to move a little bit. We can change the chords of course… and I can change the rhythm whenever I want by just playing a different rhythm. …and then go back to simple again. That’s one fun way of using patches like this. We can try another one, so here’s a couple of synth sounds. Of course, as usual, we have our assignments here as well so if I start playing around with this one… I can, of course, have my assigned filters
for Part 1 and 2, so this is my filter for Part 1… and this is my filter for Part 2. Okay, let’s try another one. This one is a bit more synth-y. So I have my assignable controls here as you can hear. I’m controlling the filter on Part 1 and on this one, I have the filter on Part 2. and then of course, again, as usual, we can play around, change the chords… and as you can hear, once again, I’m also
affecting the rhythm. But maybe this time I want a bit more consistency in the rhythm. So what I can do is turn off the ‘Play Detector’ and now actually, I just have to play chords and it will still keep this very same rhythm. So, you can also lock it in, in a very
convenient way, if you want to. And here is another one that also has two parts but this one is a bit special because I’m actually using the ‘DJFX Looper’
I was using earlier for the lead part so this means for the lead part I can,
actually, anytime I want to, I can freeze it and mess with it whilst the
background—the bass—is carrying on. So let’s see what happens when I do this… Okay, so I have my bass here as usual with an assigned filter and I have my
little lead part… but also filter assigned. So now the special thing about this one is that I’ve assigned a DJFX Looper to the lead part and I can freeze it or loop it at any time I want to… like this… and then release it. Loop it again… and again. and we can change the bass now while it’s looping… and then release the loop. And maybe… I like the rhythm I’m currently on so I’ll just turn off the ‘Beat Detection’ once again and now the beat will stay the way it is. So that’s some of the fun you can have using the ‘DJFX Looper’ together with the I-Arpeggio. Now finally, let’s use the I-Arpeggio and also bring in a drum kit and the cool thing here with drums is that you have plenty of vintage Roland drum sounds in here like CR-78, TR-808 and so on. And you also have numerous drum loops so you can actually control the I-Arpeggio or the drum loop intensity as well in the same way I was doing before. So here is one of the presets and again I’m gonna start just very simply. Okay so we’re starting nice and easy here… I got my assigned filters as usual… I’ll just play it a little bit faster and see what happens… Now here’s some more arpeggios coming in. Let’s try to change it again… Yeah! Got some hi-hats coming in… some more bass notes… Okay so let’s lock this, and then now, again, I have it locked to the beat so I can just simply just play, simply play chords and do whatever I want rhythmically and it always keep the rhythm. But now I want to be in control of the rhythm again so I’ll just turn on the ‘Play Detector’ and go easy. and turn it off. And here’s another example using some drums—
a slightly different beat this time. and change the chord a little bit… and then again we can lock the beat by just turning off the ‘Beat Detector’ and now it will stay wherever it is… and I can just simply play some chords… and play around with the sliders again. So that is the Jupiter-Xm and as you can hear you can basically use this to create any type of sound you want. You got vintage analog sounds, vintage digital sounds, modern digital sounds from the ZEN-Core engine and even RD-700 SuperNatural Piano so loads of possibilities in this little small box, and of course, we have the super creative I-Arpeggio there which allows you to not only use internal sounds but you can, of course, send these melodies out via MIDI as well to your plugins or whatever you want. Also, super-portable; again we’ve got battery power, we’ve got Bluetooth speaker with wireless audio— just a great studio tool and for on the road. I hope you enjoy the Jupiter-Xm, thank you very much.

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11 thoughts on “Sounds of the Roland JUPITER-Xm Synthesizer”

  1. watchit says:

    Beautiful instrument and endless possibilities, but most important: good sound and a warm feel to it…congratz with this beauty! Maybe, one day, it will stand right in front of me ;-} And these words come from a huge KORG-fan!

  2. Rik Marston Official says:

    Saving for one of these but I'd rather have the Jupiter-X. (Out of my budget range) I love the sound of the original Jupiter-8, I miss my old JP-8 so much! Hugging my JP-08 now….. 🙂

  3. Chris Verner says:

    all of these sounds/capabilities are right out of the box?? That wasn't very clear

  4. Totigerus says:

    Is this synth amazing, or is the guy just a better keyboardist than 89.9% of all the other demo guys?

  5. xp50player says:

    “emulating the RD SuperNatural pianos” That’s some marketing hype right there. There are no SN pianos in the Jupiter XM, just
    PCM samples, up to 4 velocity layers.

  6. RJ Bush says:

    This is a really cool synth. Sounds great and it has all the retro stuff and some very interesting new features. Instant album. Turn drums on. Turn arp on. Hit a few chords. Leave for about an hour. Done.

  7. Paul Nolan says:

    A vst in a Jupiter box that plays piano samples… what more could you ask for? /s

  8. Jan Geerts says:

    Wonderful synth. Every model sounds great, intuitive, lightweight. I love it.

  9. Tommy Varekai says:

    Please upload some videos on the Jupiter X!

  10. Just Aname says:

    Whats with the HORRID WHEELS.????..where is the actual pitch/mod bender stick???

  11. Hakan L says:

    Amazing synth , thanks for the fantastic demo showing the possibilities…

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