Novation KS4 / KS5 / KS Rack

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Novation KS4

Using an enhanced version of the K-Station sound engine, the KS4 (four octave keyboard) and the KS5 (five octaves) offer many additional features and benefits.

The keyboards have aftertouch, are semi-weighted, and each of the 33 knobs and sliders transmit MIDI. There is four part multi-timbral operation with four individual assignable outputs. A big plus is a separate effects section for each part - a unique Novation feature from the Supernova. Also featured are 4 Arpeggiators and 16 note polyphony with a 16 band Vocoder.

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Novation KS5

The KS-synths have 3 oscillators which provide sawtooth, triangle, sine, pulse width modulation and other waveforms. There's even a simple FM synth engine which can be dialed in for sharpening the sound. Oscillators may be set to Unison or Sync'd operation and a Noise source is also included in the waveform engine. There is a nice low-/band-/high-pass resonant filter with switchable 12 or 24dB/oct slopes and ADSR controls. A second ADSR envelope is available for the amp, as well as two LFOs with sample-and-hold and MIDI sync.

On-board effects include reverb and delay/chorus/flanger. Their send levels can be controlled by the Mod wheel which is a nice effect. A 12-band vocoder is also on-board for processing external mono sounds such as drum loops or vocals. Pads sound great when vocoded with external sounds. External sounds can also be used as an oscillator, run through the filters, envelopes, etc. with much better results than were possible on the original Bass Stations.

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Novation KS Rack

The K-Station was a great little keyboard, and the new KS4 and KS5 offer a much more professional package to stage and studio musicians! But for those who already have enough keys, a rack module was also released, the KS Rack. It came in a very professional 5-space rack / desktop module with all 33 knobs, sliders and controls as the keyboards. Full of clean analog sounding synth bass, punchy leads, pads, filter sweeps and more, the KS-synths have been used by Infected Mushroom.

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51 Visitor comments
Novation KS
May 1, 2013 @ 5:59 am
There are a lot of good resources for this synth, including the factory sound banks (which you can't even find on Novation's website anymore) at:

http://www.facebook.com/NovKS

Come join us! :)
synth4ever
April 28, 2013 @ 3:06 am
I own a Novation Supernova II, but recently picked up a second hand KS5 for a good price. While not as powerful as its older brother, it does have a different type of sound, more "liquid" I would say.

Despite being only 16 voices I've still been able to create some beautiful ambient soundscapes with this synth. The interface is easy to use and appealing, and the extra oscillator and LFO waveforms allow for cool experimentation.

Here are some ambient demos I made:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FKbMnSYJqM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f nbCE3oxeg

More: http://www.synth4ever.com
gerry
April 20, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
I am just after getting a ks4 & love the sounds which are perfect for me & also have been a trademark since the supernova 2 which i still have.Yet the ks4 is quite easy to use once you figure out how...but i use it for goa/psytrance stuff...The only disappointment is it don't have a drum rhythm patterns...But it is a KB that is made for dance & cybergoth type stuff.
Andy
April 18, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
sounds good if a little thin. If you're considering one of these I would strongly suggest an A-station as they are the same synth (as far as I know), considering the price difference and size difference (1U to 5U)
Key
April 1, 2013 @ 12:04 pm
The thing that really appealed me about this synth is the nice round bass sound while maintaining the bright quality in the upper regions. Not sure if that is typical Novation. But since the V-station virtually sounds identical to the KS, I sold mine.
Also I really got tired from the crappy menu encoder which was constantly sending false values (luckely the only encoder on the device) and the menu diving.
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear the K-Station here. Hear its on-board arpeggiator, followed by an FM ringing bell-type sound, followed by some vocoder examples and some Juno pads.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices, 4-Part multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 3 osc with Square / Saw / Variable Pulse / Tri / Sine / Double Saw / Double Tri / Double Sine waveforms. Osc 1-2 sync, FM, Ring Mod, Noise and external audio in (mono).
  • LFO - 2 LFOs: sine, triangle, saw, square, sample-and-hold, panning, with speed and delay parameters. Cyclic or 1-shot.
  • Filter - low/high/band, 12/24 dB switchable
  • Envelopes - ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 49-note (KS4) and 61-note (KS5), both with velocity, sensitivity and aftertouch.
  • Effects - 6 simultaneous FX per program: Reverb, Distortion plus tempo-locked Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Panner & Enveloped Filter with EQ, 12-band Vocoder
  • Arpeggiator - 4 independent in multi mode; up, down, random, chord modes; 32 preset patterns; range and latch mode saved per program.
  • Memory - 200 preset programs, 50 preset performances, 100 drum sounds; 200 user programs, 100 user drum programs, 50 user performances.
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
  • Date Produced - 2003
  • Resources & Credits
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    Reviewed December 2007.

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