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
Guru J
February 2, 2009 @ 7:55 pm
This synth broke my heart. I bought one second hand for 400 euro and spent about 3 months trying to get into it. In the end I sold it at a loss. Why do people hype this crap up so much? A below average synth. Doesnt come close to Albino or Sylenth.
January 23, 2009 @ 7:16 pm
I had both versions (the I rack version, and the II keyboard one) I didnt like either of them, they sound thin and they alias pretty bad. The virus and jp-8080 are way better
November 22, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
The supernova (rack version) is the workhorse of my studio, it's an amazing bit of kit, so versatile, a button or dial for almost every parameter and an immense range of sounds, once you get a little deeper into this synth you won't be able to give it up.
especially excellent at lush rich sounding sounds.
Hell I can spend hours just playing with this for the fun of it, I find something new with every session. Very powerful.
August 19, 2008 @ 9:55 am
i love it to death, especially the keyboard SN2, which i recommend highly over the racks for programming it yourself. perhaps the most full-featured and elegant Performance-VA ever made, with rich FM to boot. the filter is very smooth, powerful and can be overdriven. the oscillators lack true analog beef, but with some practice they can be mutated in extraordinary ways. effects are quite good (except reverb, of course) and the chorus/phaser is stellar - coming from a Juno6 user, too.
while it can replicate Juno/JX/MKS/OB-Xa/Synthex admirably, after 2 years with it i think of it more like a super-JD800 or DX-deluxe(FM is craaazy) than an analog modeller. a superb digital performance synth!
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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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