Native Instruments’ Super 8 now runs as a native VST for your DAW

Breaking free from the chains of Reaktor

Native Instruments Super 8

Eight rich voices of polyphony, hundreds of presets, lush filters and an intuitive interface comprise Native Instruments’ well-loved Super 8. Previously exclusive to Reaktor, the Berlin-based music technology brand has made the polysynth available as a VST3.

This makes it much easier to access Super 8, negating the need to have Reaktor running alongside your DAW. It’s not quite available to all DAW users – VST3 plug-ins are only fully compatible with Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper.

Still, it’s an affordable vintage-sounding synth plug-in at £89/$99, and this update brings a new, higher-resolution user interface. An extra 200 presets have been thrown in too, now boasting over 550 to get stuck into.

In our review of Super 8, we said: “What I like about Super 8 – and what I believe you will like, too – is the surprising amount of dramatic sonic action you can get in a very short space of time. It’s a simple-looking synth with some modern sensibilities – elegant, even – but every control has fought for its place on the UI and contributes greatness. It’s also a pretty good learning tool as well”.

Current users will be able to upgrade Super 8 for free, but the previous version will have to be used to access any presets that have been created before the update.

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