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$1,700 roland.com

Back in 2011 I reviewed the Jupiter-50 and -80. I was actually a big fan of these boards, despite a lukewarm reception from some. So here we are in 2019 and Roland has used the Jupiter name once more for an all-digital product. Jupiter seemingly represents the pinnacle of their synth tech but its analog association is still undeniable. I do hope those of us still hankering for an all-analog Jupiter-8 successor/clone can appreciate what this new synth is: a portable, capable, compact ‘best of ’ Roland machine. The Xm also has a bigger brother due (the Jupiter-X), almost the same synth but with a five-octave AT-enabled keybed and expanded interface.

Build-wise, the Xm’s hardware is tank-like throughout and features a tough, black brushed metal panel with aluminum ends. It’s nicely weighty, the switchgear feels excellent and the pots

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