AM8104 JP04 Filter


Overview This module is replica of the filters from the legendary Roland Jupiter 4 released in 1978. The 4-pole low pass filter is a typical 1970’s Roland 4-pole OTA design, with an additional single pole High Pass Filter. The original low pass filter uses matched BA662 OTA chips, and ceramic capacitors, which we have retained along with the 2SK30 FET’s.

The high pass filter is a simple 1 pole design based around a BA662 and JFET. The ceramic capacitors give the filter a slightly harsher tone, contributing to the legendary sound.

Euro Rack Module: 16HP wide
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Detailed Description 
This module is an accurate re-production of the JP-4 low pass voltage controlled filter, using matched BA6110 OTA chips in the filter core and (unusually) ceramic filter capacitors. The design includes buffering Op Amps to interface to modular systems, and uses an OTA in the resonance feedback loop. It delivers a warm but sometimes harsher sound.

There are front panel controls for adjusting the Cutoff Frequency and Resonance, as well as the level of 2x control voltages and 2x audio signal inputs. There is a small slide switch to select the keyboard follow into cutoff (Off, 50%, 100%). Resonance is smooth and controllable into self-oscillation. There is a LED slide potentiometer that controls the High Pass filter cutoff frequency and the filter uses traditional skirted aluminium control knobs

There are five 3.5 mm jack sockets on the base of the front panel:

  • 2x Audio inputs
  • 2x Frequency control voltages
  • Audio output

Module Outcome & Availability  The prototype tested out well, with a great sound and effective HP filter as its voltage controlled, only one minor defect that was fixed and production PCB’s ordered in Summer 2018. The JP04 VCF PCB and modules will be available in our web store in Autumn 2018.

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