There is no screen on Super 6, but it has presets, arpeggio, sequencer and Midi CC.
Isn’t this annoying for the use of some functions ? For example :
Fine tune the TEMPO value ?
- Modify Super 6 settings ?
- Manage Super 6 controls automations from an external MIDI device, such as a groovebox (Akai MPC) ? How to know the current/default value of a control ?
- How to know the “current” value of a control (knobs, sliders) if you want to edit a “preset” patch ?
How to you perform these tasks without screen ?
Thank you very much for your detailed and interesting reply.
Your answers confirm what I thought. The lack of screen will complicate my use of the Super 6.
It bothers me because I really like the sounds of the Super 6 demos I hear on Youtube . I don’t know what to do: to buy or not to buy a Super 6 Desktop ?
There weren’t any screens on any synths until about 40 years ago. I’m sure you’ll get on just fine!
I’ll say I’m lucky enough to have a Super6 right above a Moog One, and I owned a Rev2 before the Moog. So the entire time I’ve had the Super6, I had another analog polyphonic synthesizer with a screen in the same room.
The only time I really miss having a screen is during patch selection. I have to keep a patch sheet nearby with notes about what patches are in what memory slot and whether I have any non-standard modulations mapped in the preset. On the Rev2 or the One, I can either name a patch such that I’ll remember that kind of thing or put it in patch notes, so all of that is right there in the synth as I’m browsing patches.
In use, actually doing sound design, I find I don’t miss the screen very much at all. It is a very different way of working to be sure, but I can get stuff done faster on the Super6, even if I often end up at a simpler place. By comparison, I can dive deep into altering envelope shapes and filter mixes and more on the Moog One to get the exact sound I’m after, but the downside is making a single patch with only one layer can take me 45 minutes to get just right. In 45 minutes I can make 3 or 4 sounds that feel complete on the Super6. The Rev2 felt similar, though less extreme than the Moog - to get the sound I wanted I could have a bit more control with the screen, but it takes time to do that and takes longer to make really good sounds.
So I would frame the question as “do I need the screen in order to help me access deeper control over the sound?”. I would argue if you already have software synthesizers you’re happy with, then the answer is “no”. You can always go to something like Pigments (or even Vital for free, which even has multiphase stereo LFOs just like the Super6) if you feel you need the deeper control. The Super6 excels more as an immediate, simple synthesizer that sounds pretty good. It has some deeper functionality, but I rarely use anything that isn’t on the front panel myself, and I feel I still get enough out of the synth to make me happy.
For me, “no screen”’ actually works better. I dread the synth honeymoon phase where I make and name maybe 10-20 presets. Then for the next few weeks, I keep staring at those same names, and I end up feeling stuck.
That’s why I factory reset a lot of my gear to feel new again. Heck, a few of my synths here can’t save anything at all, even better!
Yes, and if you delete all the presets from your S6 and delete the InitPreset, it always boots in Manual mode, so the knob positions ARE where they are supposed to be. I’ve had mine like this for a while now, and it’s a joy. If I do want to save something (rarely) I just save it to the hard drive via USB.