Cherry Audio Releases Mercury-4 Compuphonic Synthesizer!

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KVRist
291 posts since 1 Oct, 2018

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:03 am

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Cherry Audio is delighted to announce the release of Mercury-4, a detailed emulation of one of the best-sounding and quirkiest polyphonic synthesizers of the late 1970's, the Roland Jupiter-4.

Things That Dreams Are Made Of

The Roland Jupiter-4 is the rarest and most sonically unique of the fabled Jupiter series. Originally released in 1978, the Jupiter-4 was one of the earliest instruments to combine voice-assign polyphony with digital patch storage - that is, the ability to store and recall sounds to a digital memory and recall them at the touch of a button.

The Jupiter-4 rapidly became the go-to polysynth for numerous English and European acts in the 80's, including Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby, The Human League, Simple Minds, and more, and for good reason: the Jupiter-4 sounded fantastic, with a raw, raunchy tone not found in any of the other beloved Juno and Jupiter synths. Its analog oscillators have a uniquely aggressive tone quality, the built-in sub oscillator adds girth, its oddly fast and deep LFO modulation capabilities allow it to create uniquely whacked out modular synth-like tones, and Roland's famous stereo chorus "ensemble" circuit is beautifully implemented, adding a boatload of width and dimension.

Her Name Is Rio

The original instrument had its share of disadvantages, including limited patch storage, just four voices of polyphony, and boat-anchor weight. Cherry Audio's Mercury-4 addresses all of the original instrument's issues, with up to 16-voice polyphony, infinite patch storage, easy patch editing, and much more. Mercury-4 lovingly recreates Jupiter-4's bold analog oscillators, powerful filter tonality, and easily overdriveable VCA section. Cherry Audio went to great lengths to perfectly replicate the unique arpeggiator section, heard on tons of classic new wave tracks. The renowned stereo ensemble effect has been beautifully modeled, and Mercury-4 also adds a truly other-worldly "Space Echo"-style tape echo with multiple reverb modes. The tape echo perfectly recreates the warm tonality and subtle speed variations that make the original Space Echo units so desirable, and the reverb section expands upon the original spring reverb with plate and hall modes for enhanced spatial depth.

Mercury-4 is packed with over 400 killer presets, including the legendary front-panel factory presets, plus 75 presets from renowned sound designer Huston Singletary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1WHNxDRmfQ

This Could Be Love

Mercury-4 has been expertly modeled upon a vintage Jupiter-4 originally owned by Greg Hawkes of the legendary 80’s new wave band The Cars, and played on their double-platinum 1981 album Shake It Up.

"Mercury-4 sounds just like my old Jupiter!" Greg Hawkes raves. "It’s nice to have it back." He explains, "the sound is really fat, and having the space echo there is a nice touch. I used to spend hours in the pre-MIDI days with just such a setup, playing along with the arpeggiator synced to a CR-78 drum machine, and of course I had a Space Echo too."

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Greg Hawkes’s Jupiter-4, atop the Prophet-5 in the center, at The Cars’ Syncro Sound Studio, during the Shake It Up sessions, 1981. (Photo courtesy of Greg Hawkes)

Adrian Lee, former keyboardist for Mike and the Mechanics, recalls, "between 1978 and 1981, the Jupiter 4 was at the center of my rig. With no onboard effects other than the chorus 'ensemble,' the RE-201 Space Echo was a vital part of its sound. Cherry Audio have convincingly packaged tributes to both of these classics and I’m transported back to that time."

Jezz Woodroffe, former keyboardist for Robert Plant and Black Sabbath tells us, "Roland gave me one of the very first Jupiter 4's. This is such a real recreation, its so captivating and convincing, I forget it’s not the actual physical thing! It sounds just tremendous, looks fabulous, and is a breeze to edit, end of story. This one is extraordinary!"

Just Can't Get Enough

These days, a vintage Jupiter-4 in good working condition can cost as much as $7,000 or more - that's $1,750 per voice! These 40-year-old classics are fragile, heavy, and expensive to maintain - if you can even find one. Now, for the first time, it's possible for everyone to discover why so many artists, from Devo to Duran Duran, from Michael Jackson to Tangerine Dream, from Vince Clarke to Vangelis, have crafted unforgettable tracks with this very special vintage keyboard.

Cherry Audio continues to shatter expectations by offering incredible vintage synthesizer reproductions for unbelievably low prices, and Mercury-4 is no exception. Cherry Audio’s Mercury-4 synthesizer is available now at cherryaudio.com, for the unbelievably low price of only $39 (List $59). It’s available for both Windows and macOS, in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats, with a free 30-day demo available.

KVRian
909 posts since 28 Jul, 2006

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:27 am

The UI looks great!

AnX
KVRAF
10171 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:36 am

Does that massive black bar along the top open some features?

KVRer
11 posts since 14 May, 2014 from Here There and Nowhere...

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:51 am

AnX wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:36 am
Does that massive black bar along the top open some features?
It doesn't look like it...

KVRist
312 posts since 26 Jul, 2018 from Germany

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:11 am

cherryDan wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:03 am
"Mercury-4 sounds just like my old Jupiter!" Greg Hawkes raves. "It’s nice to have it back."
Bloody hell, what a ridiculous quote. Wake up folks it's 2021, not 2001.

KVRian
1010 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:16 am

Rastkovic wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:11 am
cherryDan wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:03 am
"Mercury-4 sounds just like my old Jupiter!" Greg Hawkes raves. "It’s nice to have it back."
Bloody hell, what a ridiculous quote. Wake up folks it's 2021, not 2001.
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I wonder what happens if I press this button...

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KVRAF
4643 posts since 8 Jul, 2009

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:19 am

<Troll on>

:wink: Just looking at it I can tell it doesnt have oversampling, aliases and cramps and doesn't sound like the original hardware. :party:

<Troll off>

KVRist
83 posts since 24 Jul, 2006

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:23 am

plexuss wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:19 am
<Troll on>

:wink: Just looking at it I can tell it doesnt have oversampling, aliases and cramps and doesn't sound like the original hardware. :party:

<Troll off>
Ironically, it has oversampling....
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KVRist
178 posts since 21 Jun, 2013

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:39 am

Already bought and installed! I have not listened to it yet or tested it.

I see a Jupiter-4, I buy, it's as simple as that. And Cherry Audio's prices are so reasonable that you don't even have to think about making the purchase.

I'll be testing it later on tonight when I have some free time.

I'll fire up a joint (or vape the THC, since it's 2021), and I'll go to town and pretend that I'm Nick Rhodes and I'll be recreating some classic synth parts from the best decade for music (in my opinion.).

KVRist
178 posts since 21 Jun, 2013

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am

AnX wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:36 am
Does that massive black bar along the top open some features?
Massive black bar?

Exaggerate much? Have you ever seen the black bar on top of a real Jupiter 4? Now that black bar is quite a bit bigger than the black bar on this plugin.

It's at least 37 times bigger. Yes, the number 37 is an exaggeration and I'm being overly dramatic, just like you.

I think that Cherry Audio did a nice job with the GUI. They have retained the look and feel of the original, while making a few changes to the plugin GUI (such as shrinking the black bar), to make it more practical for a virtual environment.

AnX
KVRAF
10171 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:07 am

Synth Master Jedi wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am
AnX wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:36 am
Does that massive black bar along the top open some features?
Massive black bar?
yes, the one that takes up nearly 20% of the height of the GUI for no apparent reason
Synth Master Jedi wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am

Exaggerate much?
No
Synth Master Jedi wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am
Have you ever seen the black bar on top of a real Jupiter 4? Now that black bar is quite a bit bigger than the black bar on this plugin.
Yers, its there for a reason, its housing the internal electronics, unlike the virtual synth
Synth Master Jedi wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am
I'm being overly dramatic, just like you.
Only one drama queen here dear, and thats you....i asked a simple question, you went full drag panto dame...

KVRian
1010 posts since 9 Jul, 2014 from UK

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:08 am

Whoever does the GUI’s for cherry audio is doing a marvellous job. Very very realistic 10/10.
Bought and will install later. Never been disappointed with a CA product yet and doubt if I will be now 👍
I wonder what happens if I press this button...

KVRist
178 posts since 21 Jun, 2013

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:15 am

AnX wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:07 am
yes, the one that takes up nearly 20% of the height of the GUI for no apparent reason

No

Yers, its there for a reason, its housing the internal electronics, unlike the virtual synth

Only one drama queen here dear, and thats you....i asked a simple question, you went full drag panto dame...
It's there for a good reason and it would look stupid if it were not included.

Let's just say that we have differences of opinion on design, and I'm glad that you didn't have any say in designing the GUI for this synth.

If I'm buying a recreation of a vintage synth, the sound is of course very important, but I'm looking for the whole package. I want the sound, I want the vibe and I want the look and feel of the original too.

Eliminating the black bar from the Jupiter-4 would be like making a drawing of Jay Leno and getting rid of his chin. It would be a total fail.

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KVRAF
31167 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:21 am

Synth Master Jedi wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:51 am
AnX wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:36 am
Does that massive black bar along the top open some features?
Massive black bar?

Exaggerate much? Have you ever seen the black bar on top of a real Jupiter 4? Now that black bar is quite a bit bigger than the black bar on this plugin.

It's at least 37 times bigger. Yes, the number 37 is an exaggeration and I'm being overly dramatic, just like you.

I think that Cherry Audio did a nice job with the GUI. They have retained the look and feel of the original, while making a few changes to the plugin GUI (such as shrinking the black bar), to make it more practical for a virtual environment.
The "massive black bar" is the top of the original synth. No need to replicate it imho as it's not part of the control panel ..

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KVRist
178 posts since 21 Jun, 2013

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:23 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:21 am
The "massive black bar" is the top of the original synth. No need to replicate it imho as it's not part of the control panel ..
Yes, but the guy complaining about the massive black bar is not talking about the original synth.

They're complaining that the "massive black bar" is too big on the plugin.

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