Edouard Digital has released what they describe as an amazingly phat Super Saw oscillator: JP-BOOO for the KORG prologue, minilogue xd and NTS-1. Here's the story in their own words...
The ghost of the genre-defining Super Saw is coming back... with a sound so realistic it's scary!
In early 1997, Roland introduced a cult synthesizer, that was seen as a modern digital incarnation of the classic analog Jupiter-8 from 1981. Offering a very intuitive interface with 40 knobs and sliders, and a large breadth of sounds, it soon became a classic itself as it was used by The Prodigy, Nicky Romero, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, BT, Paul Van Dyk, Faithless, Dash Berlin, Pet Shop Boys, The Crystal Method, Orbital, Ken Ishii, Vince Clarke, Goldie, Dave Holmes, Groove Armada, ATB, Überzone, Ferry Corsten, Scooter, Konflict, William Orbit and Garbage.
Though it was a virtual analog--or analog modeling--synthesizer, it was digital at heart, with a lot of grit that made it perfect for all styles of electronic music. But there is a more specific reason why it became so famous and appreciated: the first of its two oscillators offered a revolutionary brand new mode, named Super Saw. Instead of the classic sawtooth, square and triangle waveforms, the oscillator would generate seven detuned sawtooth waves played at the same time on each of the voices. It allowed the creation of both harsh "fat" leads when used raw, and smooth "creamy" pads when filtered, and it quickly became the defining sound of the trance genre, and a staple of electro, techno, drum'n'bass and house.
Roland included the very same sound engine on the rack version of their cult synthesizer, but when they added the Super Saw to newer instruments, it was quite different. While the Detune and Mix controls sound fairly the same, the waveshape is visibly different as our oscilloscope tests have shown with a V-Synth XT, even with both Detune and Mix set to zero. Later, other manufacturers and virtual instrument developers have tried to create a similar oscillator, like the Virus TI HyperSaw or the u-he Diva Multisaw, but the overall consensus is that they're even further from the original and that the Super Saw remains unmatched... until today.
Unlike most emulations, JP-BOOO does not use a sawtooth wavetable, because doing so is band-limited and lacks the aliasing that creates on the original this very bright and airy tone thanks to a lot of additional high frequencies. The aliasing is then selectively limited by applying a high-pass filter that dynamically filters out frequencies below the fundamental harmonic frequency, leaving the welcomed high-frequency aliasing content intact. Unlike most emulations, JP-BOOO does not use an equidistant or inaccurate spread for the Detune parameter, it does not apply a linear curve for the Mix parameter, and it plays the seven sawtooth waveforms with a random phase.
Not everyone can buy that vintage synthesizer, as they run in the range of $700 to $900. Adding JP-BOOO to your KORG prologue, minilogue xd or NTS-1 is incomparably easier and more affordable!
On both the prologue and the minilogue xd, you can use the Shape knob to change the Detune and Shift+Shape to change the Mix. On the NTS-1, you can use the A knob to change the Detune and the B knob to change the Mix.
Thanks to JP-BOOO, you can now use a realistic oscillator inspired by the Super Saw, along with the analog oscillators and filters of the prologue and minilogue xd, and with your favorite effects and custom modulations on the prologue, minilogue xd and NTS-1. If you have a prologue 8, you will have 8 voices, as many as there are on that cult synthesizer, and if you have a prologue 16, you will have twice as more!
Pricing and Availability:
Until Sunday, June 7th you can enter coupon code SYNTHFEST1 for €10 off one oscillator or SYNTHFEST2 for €30 off two oscillators