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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Mend » Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:43 pm



Damn. Some serious low end on this thing (9:10).

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Hermetech Mastering » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:31 am

This thing looks/sounds insane, trying to decide between it and an OB-6 but I'd want some hands on time or the manual at least, for the Super 6, before deciding. OB-6 cheaper in US, Super 6 cheaper in EU.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by werock » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:30 am

Not only is the synth itself impressive, but I've been impressed with George Hearn himself whenever I've seen him demo it. Not only does his intelligence obvious, but you can see how enthusiastic he is about his creation. He always seems to be itching to play the thing!

If you watch the Sonicstate video from the weekend where he gives a tour of the U.D.O premises, it's clear how much effort and care he's putting into it, to the point where he wants to check each unit himself before they are delivered. He also shows his own handmade DIY polysynths, all in all very interesting.

Just wish I was in the market for a Super-6.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by KL1982 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:40 am

werock wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:30 am
Not only is the synth itself impressive, but I've been impressed with George Hearn himself whenever I've seen him demo it. Not only does his intelligence obvious, but you can see how enthusiastic he is about his creation. He always seems to be itching to play the thing!
Interesting to see interpretations of George's presentation.

Frankly, I felt his (initial) Sonicstate presentation was a disaster, and that single presentation has all but turned me away from a synth I had interest in.

Nick looked frustrated on the multiple occasions when he tried to speak, and George rudely interrupted with a sound from the instrument.

George is possibly too close to the instrument to be showcasing it. There's the potential problem of ego/lack of objectivity.

I had the feeling of 'car salesman' from George's presentation - but a salesman who revs the engine when the potential purchaser tries to speak.


It could also be argued that the instrument was slated to the public too early.



I'm continually amazed by the funding invested in instruments in the synth world, yet the majority of companies apparently shudder at the thought of creating good marketing material/demos of their new products (never mind George/UDO: a small nod to Buchla here...).

George should be sending some instruments out to people who could create music showcasing the instrument to its fullest (he may well be doing this now, though). He shouldn't be interrupting key figures in the synth world when the opportunity to present his product to the general public is presented him (enthusiastic or otherwise). His apparent inability to control his enthusiasm comes across to me as lack of professionalism.


I wish him well. But he should take a step back, as there is a feeling of micro-management.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Licudi » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:50 am

KL1982 wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:40 am
George rudely interrupted with a sound from the instrument.

George is possibly too close to the instrument to be showcasing it. There's the potential problem of ego/lack of objectivity.

I had the feeling of 'car salesman' from George's presentation - but a salesman who revs the engine when the potential purchaser tries to speak.

His apparent inability to control his enthusiasm comes across to me as lack of professionalism.

he should take a step back, as there is a feeling of micro-management.
Fucking hell.
I wish him well.
No you don't.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by KL1982 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:59 am

Licudi wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:50 am
KL1982 wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:40 am
George rudely interrupted with a sound from the instrument.

George is possibly too close to the instrument to be showcasing it. There's the potential problem of ego/lack of objectivity.

I had the feeling of 'car salesman' from George's presentation - but a salesman who revs the engine when the potential purchaser tries to speak.

His apparent inability to control his enthusiasm comes across to me as lack of professionalism.

he should take a step back, as there is a feeling of micro-management.
Fucking hell.
I wish him well.
No you don't.

I certainly do wish him well.

I also stand by what I wrote. His presentation was unprofessional - and turned me off from purchasing the instrument.

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Post by geoffmar » Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:56 pm

Man this forum is more toxic than reddit.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by dubonaire » Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:24 pm

geoffmar wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:56 pm
Man this forum is more toxic than reddit.
I don't think KL1982 who joined a few months ago and only has a handful of posts is really representative of this forum.

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Post by Poptones » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:09 am

I recently had a chat with George Hearn about his musical background, instrument design, the Super 6 synthesizer, his company UDO Audio and more.


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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by KL1982 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:23 am

dubonaire wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:24 pm
geoffmar wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:56 pm
Man this forum is more toxic than reddit.
I don't think KL1982 who joined a few months ago and only has a handful of posts is really representative of this forum.
And I'm genuinely surprised that on a forum such as this, an honest opinion is somehow dismissed as 'toxic'.

Representative or not, I speak openly and honestly. If anything is to be challenged, it should be the points raised, rather than engaging in an ad hominem.

I stand by what I said, namely:

1) I wish George/his company well
2) His presentation was terrible (and turned me away from the instrument).

These points are in no way contradictory.


Irrespective of your liking/disliking of what was written, I hope UDO take on board what is said.

PS their future videos have been better. But the Sonicstate video I'm mentioning was disorganized chaotic, indulgent, and rude to the host.

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Post by onthebandwagon » Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:27 am

I found the sonicstate video too be annoying to, like he drank too much of his own Kool Aid, but actually might be the result of being someone who isn’t good at good at giving a sales pitch... some of the things he said towards the end of the above video were interesting although I think the food analogy isn’t very effective.
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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by BugBrand » Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:05 am

I think I can understand a bit what KL1982 is getting at - yes, it isn't entirely a 'pro' presentation (haven't watched much recently, but did see an early sonicstate, presume the one you mention). Guess it goes both ways because I find it refreshing not to be pure pro, presented by a salesman and you can sense his excitement.
The whole thing is a mega investment & bold move by George, built up over years. I've known him for years, so it is exciting to see this coming along though picked up on quite a lot of hurdles, not least the no doubt terrible timing with current lockdowns. This is a small scale setup with a bank of important experience (George has worked for a range of electronic companies - taught me a fair bit even if we approach things quite different!).

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Hermetech Mastering » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:02 pm

Poptones wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:09 am
I recently had a chat with George Hearn about his musical background, instrument design, the Super 6 synthesizer, his company UDO Audio and more.

Thanks, that was excellent and informative!

Do you know when the manual you were working on will be available?

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Post by anselmi » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:13 pm

thanks for posting this
I really like this man´s approach...the usual "product specialist" thing shows little more than what you can find in the manual and tends to bore me, but see the emotional extra that the creator puts in this product is really refreshing and makes me like the synth even more as I buit empathy with what was behind the synth´s design...I felt identificated by most of what he said about what was the driving force to made him makes this synth: the panel, the sound, the specs, the controls, the visual layout, and the use is intended to have. Everything fits my needs
Also, it sounds stellar and it´s beautiful...what more would you need?
Poptones wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:09 am
I recently had a chat with George Hearn about his musical background, instrument design, the Super 6 synthesizer, his company UDO Audio and more.

coolshirtdotjpg wrote:
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one of the reasons Buchla synths were originally appealing precisely because they were cheaper than moog, and you could probably trade drugs for them.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Hermetech Mastering » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm

anselmi wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:13 pm
I really like this man´s approach...the usual "product specialist" thing shows little more than what you can find in the manual and tends to bore me, but see the emotional extra that the creator puts in this product is really refreshing and makes me like the synth even more as I buit empathy with what was behind the synth´s design...I felt identificated by most of what he said about what was the driving force to made him makes this synth: the panel, the sound, the specs, the controls, the visual layout, and the use is intended to have. Everything fits my needs. Also, it sounds stellar and it´s beautiful...what more would you need?
Totally agree, his enthusiasm is infectious. I have this and the OB-6 in my Thomann cart and am going nuts on which one to get. :)

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Post by Poptones » Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:25 pm

Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:02 pm
Thanks, that was excellent and informative!

Do you know when the manual you were working on will be available?
Thanks for your kind words! It is my understanding that the manual will be made available once the production is in full swing and people will start receiving their orders.

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Post by Hermetech Mastering » Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:25 pm

Excellent, can't wait!

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Post by aethyr » Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:29 pm

The super 6, pure class all the way :tu:
Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm
anselmi wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:13 pm
I really like this man´s approach...the usual "product specialist" thing shows little more than what you can find in the manual and tends to bore me, but see the emotional extra that the creator puts in this product is really refreshing and makes me like the synth even more as I buit empathy with what was behind the synth´s design...I felt identificated by most of what he said about what was the driving force to made him makes this synth: the panel, the sound, the specs, the controls, the visual layout, and the use is intended to have. Everything fits my needs. Also, it sounds stellar and it´s beautiful...what more would you need?
Totally agree, his enthusiasm is infectious. I have this and the OB-6 in my Thomann cart and am going nuts on which one to get. :)

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Post by Hermetech Mastering » Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:45 pm

aethyr wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:29 pm
The super 6, pure class all the way :tu:
Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm
anselmi wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:13 pm
I really like this man´s approach...the usual "product specialist" thing shows little more than what you can find in the manual and tends to bore me, but see the emotional extra that the creator puts in this product is really refreshing and makes me like the synth even more as I buit empathy with what was behind the synth´s design...I felt identificated by most of what he said about what was the driving force to made him makes this synth: the panel, the sound, the specs, the controls, the visual layout, and the use is intended to have. Everything fits my needs. Also, it sounds stellar and it´s beautiful...what more would you need?
Totally agree, his enthusiasm is infectious. I have this and the OB-6 in my Thomann cart and am going nuts on which one to get. :)
Yeah, but I am guessing it won't do that morphing Notch filter pad thing the OB can do, which has been the analogue poly sound I have wanted and loved since the 80s. So I am still not sure, I might order both and return one.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by dubonaire » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:02 pm

KL1982 wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:23 am
dubonaire wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:24 pm
geoffmar wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:56 pm
Man this forum is more toxic than reddit.
I don't think KL1982 who joined a few months ago and only has a handful of posts is really representative of this forum.
And I'm genuinely surprised that on a forum such as this, an honest opinion is somehow dismissed as 'toxic'.

Representative or not, I speak openly and honestly. If anything is to be challenged, it should be the points raised, rather than engaging in an ad hominem.

I stand by what I said, namely:

1) I wish George/his company well
2) His presentation was terrible (and turned me away from the instrument).

These points are in no way contradictory.


Irrespective of your liking/disliking of what was written, I hope UDO take on board what is said.

PS their future videos have been better. But the Sonicstate video I'm mentioning was disorganized chaotic, indulgent, and rude to the host.
Sorry KL you are indeed entitlde to your honest opinion. Perhaps my point was more don't label a forum toxic because of one new member's post.

I just think he is very enthusiastic and actually not a salesman rather than too much a salesman.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by dubonaire » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:03 pm

aethyr wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:29 pm
The super 6, pure class all the way :tu:
Hermetech Mastering wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm
anselmi wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:13 pm
I really like this man´s approach...the usual "product specialist" thing shows little more than what you can find in the manual and tends to bore me, but see the emotional extra that the creator puts in this product is really refreshing and makes me like the synth even more as I buit empathy with what was behind the synth´s design...I felt identificated by most of what he said about what was the driving force to made him makes this synth: the panel, the sound, the specs, the controls, the visual layout, and the use is intended to have. Everything fits my needs. Also, it sounds stellar and it´s beautiful...what more would you need?
Totally agree, his enthusiasm is infectious. I have this and the OB-6 in my Thomann cart and am going nuts on which one to get. :)
I really don't need another polysynth but this is so desirable.

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Post by Hermetech Mastering » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:05 pm

I don't have a poly synth, so I need one, problem is, which? :)

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Post by geoffmar » Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:45 pm

People are misinterpreting his childlike enthusiasm for kitschy sales pitches. He just loves the synth, you can tell. Watch his showing at Schneiders...he plays it for 45 minutes ...a full 30 over his allotted time slot because he lost track of time.

It looks amazing. I bought an OB-6 module for the time being..should be here in a week, but i was very torn between these two.

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Post by Mend » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:43 am

So is the Super 6 being sent out to distributors, or is production still halted? I'm a bit confused about when to expect my preorder to arrive.

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Re: U.D.O. Super 6 hybrid "binaural" poly

Post by Jef » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:19 am

Coming from a guitar background, the Super 6 makes a lot of sense to me.
If it responds well to a Linnstrument I know of no other synth that checks all of these boxes:

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