Cherry Audio has released Mercury-4, a detailed emulation of one of the best-sounding and quirkiest polyphonic synthesizers of the late 1970’s, the Roland Jupiter-4. Originally released in 1978, the Roland Jupiter-4 synthesizer was one of the earliest instruments to combine voice-assign polyphony with digital patch storage. It’s the rarest and most sonically unique of the fabled Jupiter series, and Cherry Audio has gone to great lengths to recreate the subtle (and not-so-subtle) nuances and character of this beloved classic. Every aspect of Mercury-4 has been expertly modeled upon a vintage Jupiter-4 originally owned by Greg Hawkes of the legendary 80s new wave band The Cars, and played on their double-platinum 1981 album Shake It Up. In Greg’s words, Mercury-4 “sounds just like my old Jupiter. It’s nice to have it back.”
Cherry Audio Mercury-4 is available now for $59, with an intro price of $39. It requires macOS 10.9 or later and an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host. It can also run as a stand-alone app and is Apple Silicon (M1) compatible via Rosetta 2.