the super 8 ®
super. evolved.

The Super 8 is a 16-voice polyphonic, bitimbral analog-hybrid performance synthesizer. Employing superior hands-on controls, an expressive 61-note weighted keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch and all the powerful, flexible and addictive sound of the UDO Audio family.

Introducing the next evolution in the Super series. At the core of the Super 8 is two independent binaural analog-hybrid synthesizer signal chains using UDO’s proprietary and proven synthesizer technology. With up to 16 voices of polyphony and two unique timbres each with their own independent effect chain, this instrument is analog reimagined. Like its larger sibling the Super Gemini, voices and timbral layers can be split, dualled, sequenced all at the touch of a single control.

Powered by complex FPGA digital oscillators, the Super 8 is decorated with expansive tonal features such as wave morphing, cross & ring modulation, bi-directional sync and an all-analog signal path to the output, inspired by the analog poysynth heavyweights of lore. Equipped with a 61-note semi-weighted keybed with polyphonic aftertouch, left hand performance controls and 256 performance and patch slots, 32 interchangeable waveforms and 16 sequences, the Super 8 balances power, playability and performance.

Sitting in between the Super 6 and the Super Gemini in size and power, the Super 8 puts the player first using high quality tactile control elements with our user-centric intuitive design philosophy that inspires exploration and sonic play. Adopting a similar true-stereo Binaural signal path with dual FPGAs and twin effects processors like the Gemini, and yet retaining the portability and road-friendly personality of the Super 6. The Super 8 will be a long time friend and partner in your adventures in sound.

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01.
Super. Evolved.

As the next evolution in the Super family, the 16-voice Super 8 sits confidently between the Super 6 and the Super Gemini. This synth is the distillation of the UDO philosophy of the power of play — with the dual cores and playability features of it’s bigger cousin, all in a more compact and simplified presentation — it’s the best of both worlds.

02.
Duality in Sound

The Super 8 allows you to effortlessly transition between two independent synth layers, inspiring textural, deep and rich soundscapes at a touch. With UDO’s championed powerful, flexible and immediate sound, this synthesizer is designed to take you on a sonic journey.

03.
Respected Tradition
Meets Cutting-Edge Innovation

Using the tried and tested UDO framework of state-of-the-art FPGA digital architecture with archetypal voltage-controlled synthesizer technology, the Super 8 is a harmonious meeting of old and new in ideas and techniques. All contained within a no-expense-spared build with the highest quality components, The Super 8 is an instrument for life.

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. It has in this sense one “super voices” for every two “conventional” voices.

‘traditional’ voice architecture
binaural (super 6) voice architecture
FPGA digital oscillators

The Super Series instruments leverage the power of ultra-precision FPGA digital oscillators for a direct and alias-free sound source. This cutting-edge technology combined with an archetypal analog signal path to the outputs provides a rich and flexible sound canvas that can be sculpted for warm basses, expansive pads, and sparkling leads.

Super 8 Tech Spec
DDS 1 (OSCILLATOR 1)
FPGA-based super waveform oscillator core featuring a centroid oscillator and six ‘sister’ oscillators using sampled waveforms that can be dynamically de-phased in the stereo field to produce wide and thick single-oscillator sounds in one of two ‘super modes’
Waveshapes: sine, sawtooth, square, triangle, noise and up to 32 Alternative Complex Waveforms that can be user updated
WAVE MORPHING BETWEEN ADJACENT WAVES
DDS 2 (OSCILLATOR 2)
FPGA-based oscillator core running at a very high sample rate with an algorithmic core
Waveshapes: sine, sawtooth, square, triangle, variable noise (pink, white, blue), pulse with variable pulse width
Can be hard-synced to DDS 1
LFO mode
Ring modulation mode
Square wave and Sine wave sub-oscillator modes
MIXER
Controls the balance between the audio signals from DDS 1 and DDS 2 or DDS 1 and the sub oscillator
In shift mode, this parameter becomes a pan control, allowing you to position a layer within the stereo field
VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FILTER
4-pole, 24 dB per octave, analog resonant low-pass filter that uses a classic polysynth filter design by Sound Semiconductor (SSI)
1-pole, 6 dB per octave, analog high-pass filter, preceding the low-pass filter
Two overdrive settings
Selectable keyboard tracking modes
Modulation by ENV 1 and/or ENV 2, LFO 1 and DDS 2
VOLTAGE CONTROLLED AMPLIFIER
Analog VCA with selectable velocity sensitivity
Modulation by ENV 2 or one of two fixed envelopes, LFO 1 and DDS 2
envelopes
ENV 1: 6-stage envelope (attack hold, attack, decay hold, decay, sustain, release) featuring inverted and loop modes with selectable key tracking
ENV 2: 5-stage envelope (attack, decay hold, decay, sustain, release)
ENV 3: 3-stage (A-S-R) for VCA when ENV2 used as filter ENV
LFO 1
Freely assignable main LFO with low and high-frequency modes
Can be used as a standard LFO, a third oscillator, as a drone, or for audio rate modulations
Waveforms: triangle, reverse sawtooth, sample & hold and square as well as any waveform DDS 1 is currently set to
Features controls for delay and left-right phase offset for binaural modulations
Free-running, reset and one-shot modes
Can be synced to the arpeggiator and sequencer or an external clock source
DDS MODULATORS
LFO 1 and ENV 1 pitch modulation (DDS 1 and/or DDS 2)
Selectable ‘super modes’ and detune spread control for DDS 1
Wave modulation allows for morphing between two DDS 1 waveforms, modulatable by LFO 1, ENV 1 or manually
Pulse-width control for DDS 2’s pulse waveform, modulatable by LFO 1, ENV 1 or a dedicated PWM LFO
Cross and ring modulation between DDS 1 and DDS 2
EFFECTS
24-bit dual-mode stereo chorus per layer with three settings
Clock-syncable and modulatable 24-bit stereo delay per layer featuring a delay freeze function that enables you to create sound-on-sound loops while you are performing
performance control section
Two-axis bender with LFO 2 trigger and dedicated controls for DDS1/2 pitch and VCF modulation
Variable portamento per layer
Playable spring-lever keyboard octave selector
LFO 2 with rate and delay controls, selectable trigger modes, six selectable waveforms (sine, reverse sawtooth, sample & hold, square, sawtooth, sample & glide) and dedicated controls for rate, pitch, VCF and VCA modulation
expressive controls
61-note, semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch
MPE support for external MPE controllers (ADDED IN PLANNED FUTURE FIRMWARE RELEASE)
Overarching Controls & Parameters
Master volume, tempo and lower layer detune controls
Individual hold modes for each layer
Selectable keyboard modes for setting up a performance: Single, Dual and Split
Individual layer select buttons
Modulation Matrix
Intuitive 8x8 modulation matrix with pre-defined sources and destinations
Up to 25 more destinations can be modulated using the direct parameter mapping method
LEDs give clear feedback on mappings and modulation amounts
Voice Assign Modes
Four selectable voice assign modes including two monophonic and two polyphonic modes
Eight delectable unison modes including various stacked voice modes and two variants of filter separation per voice, useful for creating vowel-like sounds
Dynamic voice allocation when unison is enabled in both polyphonic modes
Binaural option allows for choosing between 8 true stereo ‘super voices’ or 16 non-binaural monaural voices in single layer mode
Front panel control to disable Binaural and enter fully true-mono audio output
Arpeggiator & Sequencer
MIDI-syncable multi-mode arpeggiator with smart hold option
MIDI-syncable 64-step sequencer with programmable step, slide, accent, rest and sequence length tracks
Clock parameters feature easy adjustable clock divider settings and swing per layer
Memory & File Management
256 performances (each containing 2 patches), 256 patches, 32 alternative waveforms for DDS 1 and 16 sequences
Files can easily be copied to the internal memory or backed up using the USB port
Quick firmware updates via USB connection
Connections
AC power connector for worldwide use with a standard, grounded IEC power cord (90-250 volts, 50-60 Hz)
USB port FOR MIDI AND LIBRARY DUTIES
MIDI In, Out and Thru ports on 5-pin DIN sockets
Pedal inputs: volume, expression, sustain per layer and delay freeze per layer
Stereo mix output for summed layer signals (unbalanced 1/4 inch jacks)
Individual upper and lower layer stereo outputs for individual mixing and processing (unbalanced 1/4 inch jacks)
Easy to reach headphone output on the front side with both ¼ inh and 3.5mm stereo jack sockets
size and weight
dimensions (mm): 1040l × 400w × 95h
weight: 13.4KG