Get two of the best synths of all time on your computer.
Roland has added software versions of its Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 synths to its Roland Cloud subscription service.
Launched in 2016, Roland Cloud is a Netflix-style service for producers that gives you access to a host of software synths for a flat fee of $19.95 per month. It’s currently in early access beta, and has just reached version 4.0.
Roland Cloud’s latest release adds software versions of two classic analog synths: the Jupiter-8, released in 1981, and the Juno-106, released in 1984. It also adds a software version of Roland’s recent AIRA System-8 synth.
As well as these fresh additions, Roland Cloud subscribers can use the AIRA System-1, SH-101, System-100, Promars and SH-2. There’s also two “Anthology” instruments that sample the D-50 from 1987 and Alpha Juno from 1985 (perfect for making a “hoover” sound).
There’s also an acoustic piano called Tera and a collection of “bite-sized instruments” called Flavr that currently has one member: a bass synth aimed at dance music artists called Grit.
Whether or not this is enough to justify the relatively high price of $19.95 a month comes down to how often you’ll be using these instruments. The Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 come included with Roland’s hardware version of the System-8, though that costs $1,499. If you don’t want to pay just yet, there’s a month-long free trial available.
It’s also possible to get updated versions of the Jupiter-8 and Juno-106 in hardware as well. In 2015, Roland reissued them as part of its Boutique line, turning them into portable modules using analog emulation technology. [via Synthtopia]