CFA Sound has announced the release of SUPER-7, the final version of their free Supersaw OSC virtual synthesizer in VSTi plugin format for Windows based host applications.
The previous version of SUPER-7 called Supersaw OSC was recently covered in our news section. Since then, the developer has improved the plugin with a myriad of new features including a resonant 4-pole low pass filter, a dedicated filter envelope and a preset manager with a selection of twenty factory presets.
The SUPER-7 virtual synthesizer features a single supersaw oscillator which can be pushed to 32 notes of polyphony, while managing to preserve a reasonably low CPU hit. Compared to the original Roland Supersaw oscillator, CFA Sound’s freeware emulation comes pretty close. The high quality mode switch on the user interface can be used to further enhance the sound produced by the instrument, at the cost of some extra CPU cycles.
Although it is not really a fully featured synthesizer on its own, the free SUPER-7 can work great as an oscillator module in a virtual modular environment such as the MuTools MUX. An example of such a setup can be seen in the demo video which is attached to this article. By chaining several instances of the plugin together with a reverb or a delay effect, it is possible to recreate most of those classic supersaw pads and lead sounds.
The only major drawback of SUPER-7 is the fact that it is only available for 32-bit plugin hosts which run on Windows operating systems. This limitation is present due to the fact that the plugin was made with SynthEdit, which is not yet compatible with Mac OS.
Otherwise, the plugin is definitely worth looking into if you’re searching for a decent free Roland JP8000 emulation. The design and the features are rather minimal, however SUPER-7 can be combined with external effects in order to create a more faithful emulation of the original supersaw synthesizer’s iconic sound.
Check out the Supersaw OSC demo video (old version):
SUPER-7 is available for free download via CFA Sound (3.4 MB download size, 7ZIP archive, 32-bit VSTi plugin format for Windows, made with SynthEdit).