Novation Nova

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Novation has basically re-packaged the SuperNova into a desktop performance module and dubbed it the Nova. It uses analog Sound Modeling (ASM) to create stunningly clean but analog-like sounds. "3 completely independent oscillators, a variable noise source and 2 ring modulators per voice. This combined with the Nova's 12 voice polyphony means that there are 36 Oscillators, 24 Ring Modulators and 12 Noise sources available at once. All these waveforms can be combined in the Mixer section allowing the creation of very fat and complex timbres." There's also over 130 modulation routings. There are two inputs for filtering external sounds, a 40 band vocoder and 42 simultaneous effects including Distortion, Comb Filter, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Delay, Reverb, Panning, Tremolo and EQ.

As a performance module the Nova could not be anymore hands-on nor rhythmically programmable with 20 knobs and 90 switches! "The Arpeggiator is more like a Real Time Music Processor with 384 monophonic, polyphonic and user patterns available. Sounds can be layered in Performances allowing Arpeggiated and sustained sounds to be played at the same time." There are up to 6 arpeggiators! Of course everything about the Nova is MIDI controllable making the Nova an ideal super polyphonic synthesizer for professional musicians in the studio, on the road or in the bedroom!

Novation Nova Image

Pictured above is the Nova II. It features roughly 21 knobs, 4 sliders, 128 switches and comes in 49 or 61 note keyboards! Of course it features some major improvements including doubled 24 voice polyphony (expandable to 36 and 48) and simply offers you an affordable alternative to the Supernova keyboard without compromising anything in terms of performance controls, features and sounds!

Update: With the release of OS version 4.1, the base polyphony was raised to 16 voices, Novation added the DoubleSaw waveform (with phasing, detuning, and unison), nine new special filter types, adjustable unison, and a knob pass-through option.

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46 Visitor comments
January 26, 2011 @ 10:03 pm
I only see 21 knobs and 4 sliders, but there are 136 buttons. I'd rather pay less for a Nova desktop and use a better keyboard via MIDI.
January 21, 2011 @ 7:38 pm
I've owned the Nova laptop since 2001 and I have to say that that it is my go to synth. I also own a Virus A and a Dave Smith Evolver both very cool machines however for me the Nova is my favorite. I would be hard-pressed to find any of my tracks in which i have not used this synth. If you want to hear how i've used, check out this link:
W. Averrell Harriman III
November 21, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
Great synth

dub, why don't you steer clear of making bias statements. JP8000 is a very capable machine, with different tonal colors, and features. Sounds like your friend either had a bad machine or that's the synth you are looking for.

Max, you need to look around hard at all the demos you can find, or even try one personally before getting it. has a great selection of MP3 demos you can download.

The nova is an epic piece of hardware. Don't buy it just because it looks cool or someone said it's nice - hear it out, or play it out first.
November 14, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
I've owned the Nova 2 keyboard for 2 years now and I'm still discovering new sounds every time I play with it. Learn how to program one of these and you will be amazed at what it can deliver. Performance mode will blow your socks off. Midi sync'd to my Roland MC 505 and I have a dream music creation set-up.
November 9, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
Personally Max I would steer well clear of the roland JP8000,
Never owned one, But a pal of mine had one and it was very steppy/notchy on the filter cut off. Far too expensive and a little tempermental at times. (still expensive on ebay aswell)

Deffinatley go for the supernova 1/2 rack... Or my favorite the little NOVA!! They are as good or better in my opinion
for less tahn roland's on ebay. Hope this helps!

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 voices (expandable to 24, 36 and 48)
  • Oscillators - 3 osc per voice (saw and variable pulse width) plus noise
  • LFO - 2 LFOs: saw, tri square sample/hold
  • Filter - Resonant Low-pass, Hi-pass, band-pass; 12, 18 and 24 dB/Oct slopes and overdrive
  • Envelopes - 1 ADSR for the amp, 2 DADSRs
  • Effects - Distortion, comb filtering, EQ, reverb, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, panning, 40-band vocoder
  • Keyboard - Keyboard model: 49 or 61 notes
  • Memory - 256 programs, 128 performances
  • Control - MIDI (6 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1999

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