Novation SuperNova

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An excellent polyphonic super synth based on the classic Bass Station. Let's start with 16 voices of polyphony (20 with the new OS), add three VCO's using sound modeling to re-create those classic analog sounds with digital clarity and reliability. Amazingly this synth has seven effects per voice! That adds up to 56 effects all programmable and simultaneously available on all voices at all times!!! A macho filter section with hi, low, band pass filtering at 12, 18, 24 dB/oct ranges, resonant and self oscillating, with overdrive and key tracking. There are two extremely flexible LFO sections, two ring modulators, eight audio outputs, complete MIDI parameter control and it is cased in a cool blue 3-space rack unit.

Overall its sounds are awesome! It cleanly and nicely emulates and even transcends many classic synths like the Minimoog, Jupiter 8, Juno 106, and 2600! A 61-note professional keyboard version, seen below, doubles the polyphony to 32 voices and the memory to 1,024 patches.

There is an upgraded model, the SuperNova II which greatly increases the polyphony, sonic possibilities and offers many more new knobs and functions.

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SuperNova II

It also comes in a keyboard version which combines elegance, beauty, hands on control and a great 61 note velocity and aftertouch sensitive keyboard.

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Added features include new FM synthesis, ring-mod algorithms, two analog inputs and a 42-band vocoder effect. These are available in 24-, 36- or 48-voice models. The SuperNova is already in use by Orbital, ATB, The Faint, Sin, Jean-Michel Jarre and A Guy Called Gerald.

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69 Visitor comments
June 3, 2014 @ 7:53 am
It's digital ... yes, but it sounds great. You can get all that Obie, Moog and Arp sounds. Probably one of the most easy and friendly interfaces (great for newbies). A remarcable thing is that in multitimbral mode, you just load the preset with all his effects and settings independent form other parts ... without loosing polyphony (as it happens in Acces Virus Ti).

One point ... in the oscilator section you can get a SINE wave too (in 3 osc if you want) ... adjusting the "hardness" parameter to max value. ;)
November 18, 2013 @ 2:20 pm
The real power of a SuperNova II is in live performances. Other synths can layer/split multiple patches, but how many can handle eight patches at once? Yes, you can chain multiple synths, but that costs $$ and takes up stage space. And I don’t do software synths.

I do have other boards that I use along with the SN II, but this is my main powerhouse for live music. I do wish it had a tap-temp feature for keeping in better synch with a band in truly live settings, but that feature wasn't available when this was made, as far as I know.
September 22, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
I got the supernova 2 keyboard after owning a Novation Nova for over 10 years. Not sure why i bought the supernova2 since i was kind of "bored" of the sound. However the supernova2 has an additional edge in the sound i did not expect to find. It sounds more high def, pluss the chorus is super neat. In addtition to more adjustable parameters which makes it more versatile. Also having knobs for everything makes this an enjoyable experience.

Highly recommended - my go to synth at the moment.
September 9, 2013 @ 9:55 am
I'm glad the day I sold mine.
One of the worst laid out synths I've ever tried to program.
If you like a preset player that treats you like you shouldn't touch anything, then buy it.
Otherwise, avoid like the plague.
It's as if they suddenly forgot how to design a synth of a user to use.
And I own and like programming the Bass Station Rack and the K Station.
Nah, forget the Supernova...
September 8, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
hi just sold one for £159 did i get a good price or did i make a mistake in giving a gift???
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - SuperNova: 20 voices, expandable to 32

    SuperNova II: 24-, 36-, 48-voice models plus additional 12- or 24-voice expansion boards
  • Oscillators - 3 (sqaure, saw, variable width pulse) and noise
  • LFO - 2 with control of VCA, VCF & pitch; saw, square, tri, sample/hold
  • Filter - Hi/Low/Band pass, 12/18/24 dB/oct ranges, resonant self-oscillating filter with overdrive
  • Effects - Distortion, reverb, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, pan, tremolo, 2-band EQ, comb filtering
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch (keyboard models only)
  • Memory - 512 expandable to 1,024 patches; 256 performances
  • Control - MIDI (8 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1998 - 2000

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