Rhythmic Robot has launched MiniJupe, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt, offering huge Jupiter 6 sounds from a small and simple package.
Small is mighty. Tiny is powerful. Simple is awesome. MiniJupe takes the gut-whacking weight and smooth creamy highs of Roland’s Jupiter 6 and packages them in a fresh, easy-to-use one-pane interface that just loves to be tweaked. Approachable and fun on the surface, but seriously capable underneath, MiniJupe harnesses several key waveforms from the Jupiter and presents them in a twin-oscillator architecture. Saw, Square, the combined Saw+Square (a very useful hybrid wave) and a stacked, detuned SuperSaw are available from both oscillators (and can then be detuned for really thick sounds); Osc 1 also offers a triangle sub-oscillator pitched an octave down for instant hefty bass, while Osc 2 breaks from the Roland tradition and gives you Scale Noise: okay, that’s a Korg speciality, but it’s so musically useful we felt compelled to add it in instead of the more authentic white noise.
The twin oscillators are combined and fed through both high- and low-pass filters; there are LFOs for both filter cutoff and amplitude, for cool tremolo and wah sounds; and there’s full envelope control of the amp and filter circuits. Envelope and LFO controls both benefit from a neat switching system that allows you to view the control set for Filter or Amplifier, which keeps everything a click away on one panel while still offering ‘big synth’ levels of precision.
Still more fun comes courtesy of the Effects section, which has simple one-button switches for Chorus, Phaser and Cab (each of them carefully selected and tweaked to suit the MiniJupe‘s sound) plus a convolved Lexicon Reverb, ideal for adding some space and sheen to the sound. Rounding things out is our signature Glitch control, which randomises all the settings for instant patch creation – but in a musically-intelligent way. If you’ve met this before it really needs no introduction, but if you’re new to Glitching, it really is the coolest way to find starting points for new patches.
- One neat little interface: tons of hefty Jupiter 6 functionality.
- Twin-oscillator architecture with SuperSaw stacked waves for ultra-thick synth tones.
- Classic synth structure for punchy basses, soaring leads and creamy pads.
- Over 60 factory patches plus Glitch Control to generate brand-new random sounds with a single click.
MiniJupe is available for the introductory price of £12 GBP (regular £15 GBP).