UDOSuper 6 Polyphonic Hybrid Keyboard Synthesizer
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UDO Super 6
UDO's Super 6 is a Roland-inspired, hybrid twelve-voice polysynth with a fully binaural signal path, perfect for creating everything from classic pads and synth key sounds to rich, swarming stereo textures. Using FPGA-based oscillators, an analog filter section, analog VCA section, and 192kHz, 24-bit effects, the Super 6's voice architecture alone is uncommonly powerful and clean. Combined with an intense and well-considered modulation section, Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch, and an integrated arpeggiator and sequencer, the Super 6 feels like we're back in the early 1980s imagining what the future of synthesizers would be like.
Each voice's two oscillators are FPGA-based wavetable designs, each with their own special tricks and sound-making possibilities. Oscillator 1 (called DDS1 on the panel) employs UDO's super-wavetable engine: a sort of hybrid of wavetable and super-saw like techniques for creating absurdly huge stereo swarms. DDS1 is, in fact, a single centroid oscillator and six sister oscillators which may be phase-separated across the stereo field for intense, swirling spatial images. User wavetables are supported via import from a computer, so you can truly make the Super 6 sound like whatever you want. Oscillator 2, also DDS-based, provides easy access to traditional waveshapes along with classic synth sound design techniques like hard sync, suboscillator, PWM, and more.
The VCF and VCA sections are fully analog, allowing for classic manipulations of the truly unique sound source. The filter section provides resonant highpass and lowpass filters, which can be coupled together for more traditional bandpass response. The lowpass filter can self-oscillate and allows for key tracking, opening up the possibility for all sorts of gnarly filter FM and sound generation.
Envelope 1 is an invertible HADSR with option for looping, while the second is a classic ADSR. Each envelope can be sent to control multiple destinations, which, in combination with the LFO section and modulation matrix, can make for remarkably complex and singular sound design opportunities.
All of this combined with a velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keybed, sequencer, arpeggiator, MPE compliance, and an outright solid build quality serves to make the Super 6 one of the most compelling polyphonic synths around.
Super 6 Features
- Twelve-voice polyphonic synthesizer
- Classic Roland look and workflow with advanced digital features
- Hybrid architecture using a mix of FPGAs and analog processing
- Binaural signal path for creating profound, lush stereo textures and movement
- Main oscillator with "super wavetable" engine and downloadable waveforms
- DDS-based second oscillator with FM, sync, suboscillator, and other classic tone shaping options
- Flexible modulation with LFOs, envelopes, and extensive modulation matrix
- Stereo 24-bit, 192kHz Roland-style chorus and delay
- Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch control
- Integrated arpeggiator and 64-step sequencer
- MIDI: In, Out, and Thru via 5-pin DIN
- USB: MIDI, patch/sequence management, waveform download
- Audio Input: stereo 1/4"
- Expression input: 1/4", 0–5V CV-compatible
- Sustain: 1/4" standard footswitch input
- Output: Main L & R on 1/4"
- Headphone: 1/4"
- Dimensions: 830 x 350 x 90mm
- Power: Universal input via IEC
The UDO Super 6 bears a striking visual and sonic resemblance to the classic Roland polysynths of yesteryear‚ with swirling stereo chorus and lush beds of rich pad tones. The FPGA-based DDS oscillators and "super-wavetable" oscillator create an immense amount of motion all their own—but when combined with the analog filters, delay, arpeggiator, and tremendous modulation potential, the Super 6 reveals a vast sonic universe all its own.
In this video we explore variations on some of the Super 6's preset sounds—this is just the tip of the iceberg, and we're excited to see more!
Because of its distinctly Roland-inspired design, the Super 6 feels immediately approachable—as if you're interacting with an instrument you've known for ages. Hiding beneath its welcoming exterior, though, is an advanced, state-of-the-art synthesis engine. The Super 6 uses FPGA-based oscillators followed by analog filters/drive, and analog VCA, and high-quality digital effects, providing the best of both analog and digital synthesis methods.
Super waves allow for supersaw-like clusters spread across stereo space, but with any waveform accessible (including a selection of colorful wavetables). But perhaps most interest is the Super 6's binaural capability: in which pairs of voices are assigned to the left and right channels to act as "super voices." These super voices offer the potential for phase-displaced modulation, creating filter sweeps and tremolo that fill up the stereo field with an uncanny organic sound.
All this combined with several options for rich stereo chorus, high-quality stereo delay, and overall remarkable build quality and playing response, the Super-6 at once familiar and strikingly new.
Alexander makes excellent use of the Super 6 and Pro 3 for engaging and atmospheric tones, as well as giving some tips on how to make your performances expressive with aftertouch and velocity to add dynamic qualities to your compositions!
Jaws of Love is the Solo Project of Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives,
Joining Jaws of Love is vocalist & performer Omatola, (@omatola) as well as Mark Neito (@combatmusic)
Before we shipped it off to her though, we had to give it a rip with the UDO Super 6 !