THE SUPER 6 — A UNIQUE 12‑VOICE BINAURAL ANALOG-HYBRID SYNTHESIZER
INTRODUCING THE UDO SUPER 6
The Super 6 is a 12-voice polyphonic, binaural analog-hybrid synthesizer. A harmonious marriage of state of the art FPGA digital hardware oscillators and voltage controlled analog technology. It is flexible, immediate, powerful and refined with a gorgeous analog tone. Rich and evolving textures are easily teased from the unique super-wavetable core and can be shaped and manipulated with the binaural analog signal path and flexible modulation. Robust, compact and inviting to pick up and play with smooth, solid and responsive controls throughout, it cries out to be played.
INSPIRED BY THE CLASSICS, BUILT FOR TODAY
The Super 6 is an instrument that is borne of a long-held passion for synthesizers. In designing the Super 6 we wanted to create an instrument that feels familiar at first glance, but offers new and inspiring opportunities when delving deeper. The layout and aesthetic is an homage to some of the classic synthesizers that have inspired us for many years — the instrument's features and capabilities bring these ideas firmly into the 21st century.
BINAURAL ANALOG SIGNAL PATH
In Binaural mode, the Super 6 features a true stereo signal path in which the instrument’s twelve voices are twinned to form six stereo ‘super’ voices. Consequently, the left and right channels — and each of the player’s ears — are assigned their own complete synthesizer voice. Parameters for both channels of each super voice may be independently controlled, facilitating the player to create rich and unique stereo images. The effect ranges from subtle to extreme stereo movement, creating an enhanced sense of spatial positioning relative to “conventional” monaural signal-chains panned at their output.
MASSIVE MODULATION WITHOUT MENUS
Enormous flexibility at the player's fingertips through simple controls and a carefully designed front-panel. Going deeper, there is an intuitive and immediate modulation system based around the performance area switches. For those who want to go further, every panel control can be targeted for modulation, all simultaneously and all with unique amounts.
ANALOG VOICE ARCHITECTURE
The Super 6’s main filter is an analog 4-pole, 24 dB per octave, resonant low-pass filter using a classic polysynth filter design from Sound Semiconductor (SSI). It is preceded in the signal chain by a voltage controlled high-pass filter that can either be off, fixed, or can also track the low-pass filter cutoff frequency for band-pass operation. The Super 6 also contains an analog amplifier section that can further be used to shape the sound by adjusting and modulating the amplitude or loudness over time.
BINAURAL SYNTHESIS – EXPLORING NEW TERRITORY FOR SOUND DESIGN
SUPER VOICES: WHAT IS BINAURAL?
Binaural refers to the twin synthesizer signal paths. In Binaural mode, each channel ‘ear’ has a complete synthesizer voice. You can detune and de-phase the left and right oscillators, amplitude and filter (and indeed other parameters) relative to each-other. Ranging from subtle to extreme, this unique feature allows for experimenting with the 'width' of the sound and creates an improved sense of 3D positioning relative to conventional mono signal-chains panned at the output. It has in this sense 6 “Super voices” that each use two “conventional” voices, hence “Super 6”.
SUPER 6 VOICE ARCHITECTURE
TRADITIONAL VOICE ARCHITECTURE
GEORGE HEARN, SUPER 6 DESIGNER “The Super 6 is a result of years of hard work and many iterations of development. My mission with the Super 6 has been to harmonise what I love about archetypal electronic instrument design with modern, novel synthesis technologies that excel at generating spatially dynamic results. The architecture leverages the vibrancy of a true-stereo analog signal path, driving it with extremely high sample rate, spectrally versatile, digital audio and presents you with straightforward, expressive controls of superior mechanical build quality.”