Adam Szabo JP6K Review
Since the rise of dance music and the infamous Roland JP product line, there’s one magic word making producers go crazy: Supersaw. Especially people who missed the JP8000 era have always been looking for a good replacement – and there were very few promising tries, like the Superwave P8 plugin. Since the love still goes strong for a Supersaw synthesizer, especially a workflow-friendly plugin, the well-known Adam Szabo kicked off “JP6K”, probably the best Supersaw-emulating plugin so far. It’s not hard to realize a very familiar look compared to its original, although cut down to a single purpose: delivering the pure Supersaw.
2 Supersaw oscillators form the basis for the plugin, each of them emulating very precisely the original. The supersaw oscillators containing internal 7 saw waveforms, unfortunately you can only globally adjust the volume balance between the main saw and the 6 others. Next to this, detune, loudness, part detune controls and noise level are available, all of that very close to the original JP.
The filter section offers low-, high- and bandpass at 12 or 24dB. 3 syncable LFOs modulate pitch, filter and amp. A pitch envelope is available since v1.1 next to a monophonic glide function, which allows only hold-mode. We really miss a retrigger mode using the glide function for pluck sounds and more. Also an analog detune control was added, which kind of drifts the played notes in a subtile way, thereby delivering a more analog feeling. Each patch may be finalized using a 2-band EQ and stereo delay.
You may wonder what kinds of sound are possible with such a limited synth – well, you will be surprised. Listening to the demos below you will hear a well-sounding and quite flexible synthesizer plugin.
With the release of JP6K, many loved the sound, but quickly became sad looking at the very few presets (20). Especially since the programmer is a pretty much skilled sound designer himself, this looks like a too early release – a whole soundbank should have been included right away. However, update 1.1 delivered quite a bunch of sounds (114), so that together with user request a very convenient progress was made.
Still, one major issue remained: since update 1.1, the plugin has a new ID which causes DAWs to not automatically replace the old version – thereby not adapting automation data in a project startet with v1.0.
The JP6K runs both nicely stable and cpu-friendly. However, 2 minor bugs could be detected: filter modulation(by using the lfo as modulation with the square wave) and oscillator pan with quick value changes cause annoying clicks.
The JP6K isn’t a clone of the JP8000, but probably this is exactly what renders the plugin so good: focusing on the famous Supersaw sound like no other plugin before makes JP6K a truely valuable addition for all lovers of dance & trance. Just very sadly to mention that since it’s a synthmaker-based plugin there’s no support for Mac users so far. In short: a very close emulation of the supersaw, packed into an easy to use and great designed GUI, combined with low cpu usage and a no-brainer price – but limited in the features and also to the platforms.
More information: adamszabo.com (25.00 €)
Summary: The JP6K isn’t a clone of the JP8000, but probably this is exactly what renders the plugin so good: focusing on the famous Supersaw sound like no other plugin before makes JP6K a truely valuable addition for all lovers of dance & trance.