Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Roland would be unveiling a flagship synth called the Jupiter-80 at the Musicmesse tradeshow in Germany. Speculation ran wild about what it might be. Would it just be another virtual analog or ROMpler with a classic name slapped on it, or, as the expected $4,000 pricetag suggests, would it be a full-fledged analog polysynth? A few music journalists who got to preview the Jupiter-80 before the tradeshow would only say that "It's not what anyone is expecting."
Truer words have never been spoken. Late this evening, an anonymous writer for a leading electronic music magazine leaked this photo from an ad for the Jupiter-80 in an upcoming issue. Although the full ad wasn't leaked, some details featured in the ad help to clarify what exactly the Jupiter-80 will be.
• Stunning pink chassis design envisioned by Lady Gaga
• 1,000 note polyphony, 50 times multitimbral
• 8 stunning preset patches programmed by Richard Devine
• Built-in speakers, as well as USB, gold-plated XLR, and digital outputs.
• Full 128-channel MIDI interface
• Up to 24 simultaneous Roland COSM effects, including what Roland promises to be the most advanced Jaw Harp modeling system available via current technology
• 4 animal sounds (horsey, kitty, doggy, and cow) are available at once, all recorded in 24-bit, 192kHz fidelity with full Surround encoding
• An extensive library of 4 cutting edge preset rhythms including Bossa Nova, Polka, Disco, and Dubstep
• A built-in demo plays Rebecca Black's "Friday" that, once activated, can never be turned off
• And, in a rare move, endorsed by Jordan Rudess