24 Synth Supersaw Comparison

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KVRAF
1567 posts since 9 Jan, 2014 from Worldwide

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:50 am

Some of you are going to hate this. Some of you are going to tell me how it's all done wrong... leave your comments below. :hihi:

24 Synth Supersaw Comparison

I was curious. Do all softsynths sound the same. Can you create an awesome Supersaw on any modern synth? I put 24 synths to the test to compare them. Totally boring, completely unscientific - the results however are interesting. :D

The full details of this little comparison can be found here: https://newloops.com/pages/24-synth-supersaw-comparison

I've uploaded an audio file so you can "listen blind" to 24 glorious supersaws without knowing which is which. I've also made a video that matches the synth to it's audio. Finally, I have zipped up the full 24 bit audio file along with the individual audio files from each synth. This can be downloaded and compared to each other in a DAW.

I'd recommend reading the description before listening.

Enjoy!! (or not) :P

REMEMBER: THIS IS NOT A "BEST SUPER SAW" TEST. It's clinical, dry, and awful sounding. The extreme detune settings demonstrate capability, not pleasantness! 8)
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KVRAF
2219 posts since 3 Dec, 2006

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:54 am

Did you also include all the presets? :D

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KVRAF

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1567 posts since 9 Jan, 2014 from Worldwide

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:59 am

surreal wrote:
Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:54 am
Did you also include all the presets? :D
There isn't much of a preset really. It's just dry detune sawtooths. :hihi:

KVRAF
6122 posts since 15 Sep, 2005 from East Coast of the USA

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:45 am

Sylenth1 wasn't included?

KVRAF
4970 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:31 am

At first i didn't want to go in blind, but then i went in blind anyway.
I'll type this as i go, so i can make an ass of myself, then i'll check the results.
#1 okay i guess, not thing special.
#2 instant true 90s sound.
#3 okay.
#4 was just ass
#5 was bad but i liked it subjectively.
#6 beautiful unisono, ass single.
#7 yes please solo line. Unison was ok.
#8 nice solo line, a bit phasey. Nice unisono. i wanna buy this if i don't have it already
#9 phasey solo, shit unisono. no like. will sell if i do have it.
#10 bit thin but ok
#12 gorgeous solo line. gorgeous unison. tie with #2, but maybe #2 is still better
#13 raspy. is this even a saw. Sounds like a sample.
#14 soft. has a special character
#15 dull. Also unisono.
#16 nice solo. meh unisono.
#17 spicey solo, but brighter than others. very fat unisono. I hope this is diva :D
#18 hefy unisono. Is this diva? great unisono.
#19 wtf is this, no.
#20 decent, unisono is shit.
#21 solo line is shit. Unisono is...shit
#22 plasticky as f**k. is this samples
#23 wtf is this lol. decent but so mono..
#24 what garbage is this lol
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KVRAF
3474 posts since 9 Oct, 2004 from Poland

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:32 am

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Ay caramba !

KVRAF
4970 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:36 am

should've stacked diva :(
it sounds like ass but it's mono compared to other clips
I've heard better Saws than this from Zebra - i bought zebra because of a saw preset :D
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KVRAF
29954 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:41 am

I heard the first 3, and thought they were pretty bad, so I switched to the video to see what it is. :oops:

Frankly, though, the differences are not that obvious, if put aside the fact that some of them are only mono (like Diva), or the maximum amount of detuning differs.

I still thought Spire sounded best (unsurprisingly).

That all said, I think what's a bit missing here are plucky sounds utilising the filter + envelope. There's a lot of difference when you utilise that for some sounds.
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KVRAF
4970 posts since 17 Dec, 2009

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:56 am

i think i f**ked my numbers up because #11 ( spire is missing) and it sounds great - but i still think it's a tie in with Hive
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KVRAF

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1567 posts since 9 Jan, 2014 from Worldwide

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:07 am

Hey peeps, read the page. I mentions most of your feedback. Check the notes at the bottom. This isn't a best supersaw preset test, it's supposed to sound dry and clinical. 😂

KVRAF
29954 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:42 am

Right. Shouldn't have stopped before reading the conclusion. ;)
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

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KVRAF
5384 posts since 18 Jul, 2002

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:51 am

Not Corona there? :? It has a JP8080 modeled Super 7 unison.
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KVRAF
3590 posts since 8 Jul, 2008 from UK

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 8:55 am

No Tone2 synths either.

Incidentally I bought some presets for Hive off Newloops yesterday, they are pretty good too.
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addled muppet weed
85890 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:13 am

use them all together for the ultimate super-duper saw!

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KVRAF
3427 posts since 22 Aug, 2019

Post Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:26 am

They sound all the same to me, except for the max setting, where most are too detuned to sound right. The Toneboosters sounds fine even with max detune :)

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