12-voice polyphonic, binaural analog-hybrid synthesizer
A new synth that should be available in early 2020. The Super 6 is touted as a performance machine. Notice there are no screen displays; just knobs, sliders and switches with no menus to dive at all. Obviously, there would have to be some control sequences to perform some functions. Presumably, those are not too complex.
I’m not sure why UDO calls oscillator 1 a ‘7-core super-wavetable main oscillator with waveform download’. Osc 1 has 4 standard waveform slots (sine, sawtooth, square and triangle) that can load individual alternative waveforms. Additionally, Osc 1 allows you to load 16 individual waveforms into the alternative waveform slots. UDO will make a collection of waveforms available for download and regularly add to it. A future firmware upgrade might have a system in place for users to load their own waveforms, and wavetables may be implemented as well.
The Super 6 has a keyboard with 49 keys, which is in line with the ASM Hydrasynth and Sequential Prophet 6/OB 6 synths. I guess it’s personal taste and what you play, but I prefer a 61 key synth. I will admit, I don’t use the upper octave that much, but it’s there when I need it. Over 61 keys would be a waste of space for me. 25/37/44 are mono/paraphonic keybeds in my opinion and a 49 does straddle mono/para and polyphonic ranges though. I feel the same way about the Sequential synths mentioned above; for a pinch under $3000.00, the Super 6’s 49 keys stop just a little short of the value expected for the money in the keybed department. The Hydrasynth at less than half the price gets away with it. All things considered, it wouldn’t be a Super 6 deal killer and most people will notice this machine does sound really good, so…
Worth noting that in binaural stereo mode, there are 6 voices. There appears to be blue and black versions.
Check out the newer videos, there are some really nice sounds coming out of this synth. I would not classify the Super 6 as a sound design gold mine like the Waldorf Quantum, but I think it may realize UDO’s objective as a performance machine, assuming stability.
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