Synth Legends – Howard Jones | JUPITER-80

1981 JUPITER-8

Now available for your JUPITER-50 and JUPITER-80 is the legendary JUPITER-8. Get your free JUPITER Synth Legends Volume 1 sound collection download here. In the meantime, here are some JUPITER-8 facts.

Unlike anything else, the JUPITER-8 had a split keyboard, oscillator sync, cross modulation and polyphonic portamento. Its broad sonic range meant the electro pop community quickly adopted it as their synth of choice, and it appeared on the roster of stadium-filling artists such Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Howard Jones, and Erasure. Its big, room-filling sound defined the pop-music of a generation.

Vintage Synth Explorer called the Jupiter-8, “the biggest and fattest of them all (Jupiters and Junos)!”. According to Vintage Synth Explorer, here is a list of notable artists that use the JUPITER-8 as part of their signature sound.

Tangerine Dream, Orbital, Future Sound of London, Moby, Duran Duran, Underworld, Vince Clarke, Überzone, Jean Michel Jarre, Roxy Music, OMD, A Flock Of Seagulls, Depeche Mode, Rush, Meat Beat Manifesto, Banco De Gaia, Josh Wink, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, The Cars, Prince, Gary Wright, Jan Hammer, BT, Adrian Lee, Heaven 17, Kitaro, Elvis Costello, Tears for Fears, Huey Lewis and the News, Journey, Moog Cookbook, Toto, Yes, Devo, Freddy Fresh, George Duke, Greg Phillanganes, Jonathan Cain of Journey, Greg Johnson & Kevin Kendrick of Cameo, Stevie Wonder and Simple Minds.

Here is the complete list of all the synths emulations included in the JUPITER Synth Legends:

  • JUPITER-8 (1981)
  • SH-101 (1982)
  • TB-303 (1982)
  • JUNO-60 (1982)
  • JUPITER-6 (1983)
  • JUNO-106 (1984)
  • D-50 (1987)

The contest to win a fully loaded JUPITER-50 ends December 14, click on the picture below to enter.


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