So yesterday's post about the upcoming Roland Jupiter-80 was obviously a joke. But as it turns out, details about the real deal have leaked, mostly by way of a scan from an upcoming issue of Keyboard magazine.
Disappointingly, it appears this is just another case of Roland bastardizing the name of one of its legendary synths as a marketing gimmick. The latest is that the Jupiter-80 will be a performance-oriented synth combining sampled sounds and physical modeling. Apparently, the sampled sounds, which Roland is referring to as "SuperNatural" are aimed at replicating the performance techniques of real-world, acoustic instruments via normal keyboard playing.
Obviously, this seems to be aimed at live performers, but can enough of them afford $4,000 for a workstation that doesn't even have a sequencer? I guess time will tell. Here's hoping the Korg Monotribe doesn't turn out to be a similar disappointment.