OUT OF THE VOID
07-07-11 | JP6K

I’ve actually been sitting on this for a few days now since I found it. Judging from the demos, I have to say this is actually the first JP-8000 VST that I’ve heard that actually sounds like a JP-8000. I’m well aware that for quite a few years now SuperWaveP8 has had a loyal following, but I just never really dug the sound.

The reason I had posted this now instead of then is that Adam quite openly claims to have made this in SynthMaker, which is a sort of Euro version of SynthEdit. I wanted to know if this was a straight SynthMaker build or if he included any additional DSP code. Well, so far he hasn’t written me back, but that’s OK since this is the time of the year for holidays and I just couldn’t wait to share this with you.

Judging from the info that Adam has posted on the JP6k page, I would say that he did, or at least he went to a lot of trouble to get it to sound right. He says:

“There are several factors that make the Super Saw in the JP6K different than other synths that provide a similar sound. The original Super Saw from Roland was aliasing, thus creating a bright and “airy” sound. To prevent the sound from sounding harsh below the fundamental harmonic, a high pass filter was possibly used to remove the unwanted frequencies. The JP6K uses the same design to achieve that special oscillator waveform giving it a unique tone.

Another important aspect of the classic Super Saw, was its special detune curve. It was non-linear, which gave the user greater control over the detune amount. Even when the detune control was half way, the spread of the detune was small, which made it possible to make very smooth sounding pads. The curve then gradually increased, and at higher values, the detune rapidly spread out to maximum. This unique curve is accurately modelled in JP6K, making it nearly identical to the detune in the hardware.”

Well, it certainly sounds like Adam has done his research. There’s a demo available for download (which I can’t wait to try) and it sells for 25€, which should put it around $50, which is not bad at all for a faithful recreation.

Key features include:

  • 32 voice polyphony
  • Two Super Saw oscillators, an upper and lower with panning
  • 1 noise oscillator
  • Three filter modes: low pass, band pass and high pass with -12 & -24 dB/Oct
  • Three independent LFOs controlling the filter, amp and pitch
  • Pitch envelope
  • Glide (Portamento) / MIDI pitch-wheel support
  • Built in delay and EQ
  • 114 presets, which includes presets from CFA-Sound, MASCHINENBAUERMUSIC, Mikey O’Hare and Grzegorz

JP6K Demo by adamszabo

CFA-Sound Factory – Adam Szabo JP6K 1.1 by CFA-Sound

Additional demos and purchase information can be found here.