Software developer UVI has revived an intriguing Roland machine from the 80s, the MKS-7 Super Quartet, in the new Super-7 soft synth. The original hardware combined the lush sounds of the Juno-106 and the rock drum kit sounds from the TR-707.
UVI says it’s multi-sampled a vast number of patches that were designed on the MKS-7, meticulously recording each sample three times with different effects. The brand went beyond the original sound of the Roland original by including sounds from the TR-505, TR-606, TR-626, TR-707, TR-808 and TR-909, which is sure to please fans of the original drum machines. Plus, a bunch of new modern sounds created within UVI’s Drum Designer are included.
Super-7 gives you six layers of sound to work with, including bass, melody, three general synth parts and a layer for eight tracks of drums. You can layer up thick synth chords, arpeggios, huge drums and deep basslines, for example, opening up a ton of creative possibilities.
Additionally, each instrument layer – excluding drums – has its own amp envelope, multimode filter and envelope, effects engine, send effects and an arpeggiator and sequencer. Simply put, it sounds like you’ll be able to get fairly deep with sound design inside Super-7. Effects include drive, phaser, EQ, reverb and delay. UVI has bundled in 260 ensemble presets to get you started, too.
If you’re not keen on adding a swathe of synth parts from Super-7 into your project, you can load up an individual part on its own. Each standalone instrument performs exactly as it would within the multi-instrument – the same parameters, effects, sends, arps and presets.
UVI’s 80s analogue toolbox is available for macOS and Windows and can be hosted in the free UVI Workstation or Falcon. Supported formats include AU, AAX, VST and standalone.
Super-7 is on an introductory offer of €49, moving up to €79 in due course. Find out more at uvi.net.