Mercury-6 is a meticulous recreation of the Jupiter-6 analog polyphonic synthesizer, originally released in 1983. Sandwiched in Roland's product line between the earlier Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 polysynths, it suffered from "middle child syndrome," but has gone on to be one of the most coveted of the classic Roland poly synths. The original instrument was marketed as a slightly more affordable version of the flagship eight-voice Jupiter-8, whereas the Jupiter-6 had six voices.
Though similar in appearance and feature set, the Jupiter-6 sounded considerably different from the Jupiter-8. Most significantly, unlike earlier Roland poly synths with lowpass filters plus a simple non-resonant highpass filter, the Jupiter-6 featured a true multimode filter with a 24 dB/oct lowpass, 24 dB/oct highpass, or 12 dB/oct bandpass modes. Overall, this filter design had a more aggressive sound than earlier Roland polysynths, making the Jupiter-6 a natural for cutting-edge techno and electro styles (it also loves distortion when its resonance is cranked up!).
The original Jupiter-6 was one of the first analog polys with a fully independent split keyboard mode as well. We've expanded the split mode and added a layer mode for huge stacked sounds, and with polyphony extended up to 16-notes, Mercury-6 won't run out of voices like the original. We've added a flexible effects section with awesome sounding distortion, phaser, flanger/chorus, delay, and reverb sections, as well as extended LFO functionality, and more. If you've always pined for a Jupiter-6, you're gonna love Mercury-6!
Pre-Purchase Demo Mode
If you haven't purchased the full version of Mercury-6, it will run in demo mode. All functions will work, but inharmonic tones will occasionally sound (the LED next to Demo in the top toolbar will illuminate when the ugly tones are sounding). We've also added a handy button to make purchasing easy, so you've got no excuse! As you might expect, all the demo stuff disappears once Mercury-6 is purchased.
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