krzeppa wrote:I would suggest going with the Supernova II. I absolutely love mine. It is very capable of producing all kinds of sounds. It can easily do spacey and pretty pads as well as some crazy sounds. I like that fact that everything is easily on display with tons of knobs, buttons, sliders. It makes it really easy to tweak on the fly. Also, I know you are looking for "unique" sounds. I think Novation in general has a unique sound that is different from many of the other synth manufacturers. It is a sound that I am in love with.
I also have the Micron (not the Ion but pretty close). I really like the sound it produces too. I would assume the Ion would be easier to work with because it has more knobs to work in real time. I listened to Jexus demos, and that is what made me really want to get an Ion too. The man is the king of demos. The only reason I didn't get an Ion was because I was running out of space so I settled for the smaller Micron. If you decide not to go with a Supernova II the Ion probably would be my second choice. It seems to be cheaper and easier to find than a Supernova, which may be something to consider. However, I just think that Supernova II is the better overall choice. I will never part with mine...I'm taking to my grave!!! Hahaha.
Dubersive wrote:If I were to get more specific about the sound I'm going after: think of the leads of a lot of the polyphonic leads on Ceephax Acid Crew's albums. I'm not sure what he uses (Casio? Roland?), but I just love that sound. It's gritty yet mesmerizing at the same time, somehow
krzeppa wrote:Dubersive wrote:If I were to get more specific about the sound I'm going after: think of the leads of a lot of the polyphonic leads on Ceephax Acid Crew's albums. I'm not sure what he uses (Casio? Roland?), but I just love that sound. It's gritty yet mesmerizing at the same time, somehow
I think the Supernova II would be great for this kind of sound. You could totally make stuff like Ceephax Acid Crew with it. I would definitely go for it.
Ashe37 wrote:Polyphony- standard supernova has less.
stephen wrote:SN2 is a lot of synth
I've recently been checking out the K-station. Nice sounds. And I think it looks cool too, really like the small form factor. Not quite sure if I'd replace my an1x with one though...
Funkadelic wrote:nothing is good unless you play with it
all that is good is nasty
Sir Nose wrote:What are some of the big differences between the SN and the KS? Architecture, sound quality, reliability, user interface, keybed
krzeppa wrote:The Pro X is 48 voice, and I think that is about the only difference. I was not actively go after a Pro X. It was just so hard to find any SN2 at the time. I could find Supernova Racks all of the time, but I wanted the keyboard. I actually had 2 different people say that they would sell me theirs, but they changed their mind. They said they couldn't bring themselves to part with them. I finally found one, and it just happened to be a Pro X.
Unless you absolutely need the 48 voices, you can get just get a regular SN2. Or if you are like me, you can just hop on the first one that is available. Good luck with the search
paugui wrote:I have a Novation Supernova II and I think it is an amazing synth.
I also have an Alesis Fusion which has a similar VA engine to the Ion.
I can say it sounds pretty good together with the Novation Supernova II in a mix.
My only grip with it is the lack of controls, which is also making me wanting an Ion.
The extra filters and having two of them per patch, also contributes for me wanting one, but the problem is I am quite lacking space...
The Korg Radias seem pretty good too.
If you enjoy step sequencers, it would be a really nice solution.
I wouldn't mind getting one, especially since it goes way beyond a VA with VPM and other synthesis methods.
All of them seem quite a nice choice, but I am not sure which one I would pick from the bunch.
Can only tell you, I am totally satisfied with the Novation Supernova II.
Dubersive wrote:Thanks for the input. I haven't looked at the Fusion yet, but if what you say is true (about the lack of controls) then it might already be ruled out. I need the hands-on control. For me, it's necessary because nothing drives me crazier than endless menu-diving.
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