Synth Legends


Published by  on Feb 14, 2006

In honor of the JUPITER Synth Legends, Volume 1, this post is dedicate

d to the real life legends who pioneered the movement during the golden era of synthesizers. The above video, “Synthesizer Medley” features Howard Jones, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, and Stevie Wonder during the 1985 Grammy® Award Ceremony in Los Angeles, California. We chose this video as it symbolizes the time in history that made many of these sounds legendary.

In true throwback fashion, the “JUPITER Synth Legends” update honors the following Roland boards of the 1980s:

JUPITER-8 (1981)

1981 JUPITER-8

TB-303 (1982)


SH-101 (1982)

1982 SH-101
JUNO-60 (1982)

1982 JUNO-60
JUPITER-6 (1983)

1983 JUPITER-6
JUNO-106 (1984)

1984 JUNO-106
D-50 (1987)

1987 D-50

The collection uses Roland’s SuperNATURAL® sound engine to capture these seven historical synthesizers which include all new Tones, Registrations, and Arpeggio Patterns. These classic synthesizers have between 10 and 20 iconic factory preset sounds that distinguish their character and are represented among 122 newly created single Tones for the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50. There is also 512 new Live Sets that combine the historic synthesizers together using layers and multi-effects processing. Here is a download of the full sound list. Download your free Jupiter Synth Legends Volume 1 today!

Win a Fully Loaded Jupiter-50

Roland US is hosting the Roland JUPITER #SynthLegends Giveaway. Enter the contest for a chance to win a JUPITER-50 pre-loaded with the patches from the Synth Legends Volume 1 sound collection. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #synthlegends and share with us your favorite patches from the Synth Legends Volume 1. Also keep following #synthlegends for more news and updates about Synth Legends Volume 1.