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
June 20, 2012 @ 6:23 pm
I have a novation nova. Got it when they first came out. The oscillators sound thin. The filters are awful. It sounds crap. The bass is useless. The encoders have started to fail. It has developed a random noise generator that sounds similar the silly bleep it makes when press the buttons
I should have gone for a nord lead or a virus. At least then it would have sounded half decent and even held on to some value. i should have sold it as soon as i realised it was crap. a synth for cloth eared people. thankfully novation only really make controllers now. that speaks volumes about this synth
January 26, 2012 @ 9:43 pm
Stein: Yes, 6 part multitimbral. Download the manual from Novation's web site. The Nova makes up for everything the Supernova and KS are not. Get the best MIDI keyboard you can afford (I recommend a Quasimidi Cyber-6 if you can find one, best MIDI keyboard made, but the Novation Impulse is probably the best new model--I prefer my X-Stations, myself) and use the Nova. Maybe get a Virus and a Kurzweil, maybe a Prophet 08, and you'll be pretty much set for any kind of sound you want to make.
December 1, 2011 @ 10:14 am
Is this synth multitimbral?
Bill Hemp
April 9, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
Also used by Dymaxion Vehicle.
March 25, 2011 @ 7:08 pm
I have a love/hate relationship with the Nova.

If you have the patience and can work around with the aliasing - it can be an awesome synth (especially for psytrance). However i couldn't let the rubbery sound/not so great filters out of my head.

However the modulation matrix possibilities on this synth are awesome, and if you want to make really odd sounds - feel free.

Many people say this synth is thinner (myself included) - but its anorexic sound actually helps it fit in mixes alot better than the thick overpowering leads from Ass-ess Virii ;)
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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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