Boutique synth manufacturer Black Corporation is known for some really fantastic instruments, like the immaculate "Deckard's Dream" for example; a desktop and updated version of Yamaha's legendary CS-80 synth, not to mention the powerful recreation of the Japanese "Elka Synthex", dubbed the "Xerxes", and favored by artists such as Martin Gore of Depeche Mode.
Well it's no surprise then the excitement building around the company taking to social media yesterday, to announce another upcoming synthesizer; this one a recreation of one of the single most iconic synthesizers of yesteryear: The mighty Jupiter-8 (JP-8). Released in 1981, the Jupiter-8 was an 8 voice polyphonic synthesizer that has been in many ways, the backbone of many of the greatest classics ranging from Electro, to Hip Hop, to Pop music, and used by artists such as Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran and many more.
Once again re-envisioning an icon of the synth world into desktop format, Black Corporation's Jupiter-8 will be as faithful of a recreation as you would want it to be in terms of circuitry and even much of the panel aesthetics and layout, but this time featuring full MPE support, as well as Microtuning, which should make this a one of a kind machine!
While there is no audio or video samples anywhere yet (soon to come), the company has announced that both the pre-built version and buildable kit are available for pre-order, with an expected delivery timeframe of December 2021. Prices are $3749 for the pre-built version, and $999 for the kit.
You can find out more about Black Corporation, and its synthesizer catalog by visiting their website.