TAL J-8, Roland Jupiter 8 Emulation From The Makers Of The U-NO-LX Plugin

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TAL J-8 plugin recreates the legendary Roland Jupiter 8 Synthesizer in software and puts the focus only on the original and its unique features.

I report on many plugin developers during the year. But one thing is also evident: many pops up and quickly disappear again. Only a few assert themselves in the highlight competitive plugin market. One of my favorite companies is the Swiss TAL Software aka Togu Audio Line. Patrick Kunz, the lead developer is best known for his Roland Juno-60 emulation U-NO-LX, which in my opinion sounds better than the emulation of the big companies and for less than half the price

The Bassline-101 (SH-101 emulation) or its sampler are also real plugin pearls. Now, just before the end of the year, he has pulled another plugin out of his hat. It’s a big one. TAL J-8 is Togu Audio Line’s take on the legendary Roland Jupiter 8 polyphonic analog Synthesizer. Exactly one week after Arturia renewed his Jupiter-8V.



Unlike Arturia, TAL focuses on the emulation and less on the features around it. So no extra versatile modulators, effects…etc. The TAL J-8 is an accurate emulation of the Roland Jupiter 8 and is calibrated after his own unit. It features two oscillators with unison with a stereo spread option and a full stereo signal path. Of course, it includes the iconic cross-mod functionality, a VCF plus a separate highpass filter, two envelopes, VCO modulators, and more.

Additionally, it comes with some useful additional features like a calibration section. You can use this to crank up the resonance and filter overdrive into extreme territories. Also neat is the MPE support that allows using the J-8 Synthesizer very expressively. The plugin ships with more than 200 factory presets by solidtrax, emptyvessel, and others.

TAL J-8 is available now for an introductory price of 65,78€ (20% OFF) (without VAT).

It works as a 64-bit only VST, AU, AAX plugin on PC, Mac, and Linux. Nice, the plugin has the Universal Binary 2 that supports it natively with the new Apple M1 Macs. There is also a demo available that produce a rising white noise every minute.

More information here: TAL Software 

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  1. Recently I upgraded to V collection 8 which includes the new Jup-8 V. I think Arturia have knocked it out of the park with the new version. The Jup-8 V sounds so much better across the board compared to the previous version in my opinion. I always felt the previous version to be a bit lacking and uninspired in the sound department. But the new version sounds more authentic and has an x-factor that inspires and invites you to play it more. TAL software also make excellent products too -and to be honest if their new Jupiter came out first, I would have jumped on it especially at that price. Is the Tal version better sounding than the Arturia version ?

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