Native Instruments’ Super 8 analogue polysynth breaks free of Reaktor to run as a VST/AU plugin

Launched in 2019, the most surprising thing about Native Instruments’ Super 8 was how straightforward it was. Here was a pretty standard - though beautifully rich and warm - analogue-style polysynth in the vein of those released in the ‘80s by the likes of Roland, Korg and Sequential Circuits.

There was one hoop to jump through, though - Super 8 didn’t run as a plugin. Instead, it had to be loaded into either Reaktor 6 or Reaktor Player, adding an extra layer and a bit more CPU usage.

That’s changed now, though, as Super 8 does now run as a 64-bit VST3/AU/AAX synth. There are 200 new presets, too, as well as a higher resolution interface. On the downside, any presets you created in the Reaktor edition can’t be brought across.

You can purchase Super 8 for $99/£89 from the Native Instruments website. The plugin version can be had for free by existing users.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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