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
April 20, 2012 @ 9:40 am
I've had my Supernova 2 for just over two years now... got it at a bargain price on e-bay just before everybody got interested in them again. IT'S A MONSTER!! a fat warm monster. No way is it outperformed by a jp8000 or and AN1x (I have those too... ) It's a question of programing. Any synth (and I do mean any) will sound thin if you just listen to the oscillators. The filters on this beast ranks way up there with the "Virus TI2" and even sounds very close to my MiniMoog (yes a real one) when you program it the right way. It's a keeper!! Forever. It's my go-to synth for nearly every task.
April 15, 2012 @ 11:39 am
I just want to say that i own a Supernova II Pro and i am really really pleased with it. I make techno and tech house tracks. I have tried almost all the good plug ins. They may sound a bit brighter at 96KHz but nothing compares with the ease of programming your own patches. if you find a Supernova just buy it... ;)
March 30, 2012 @ 3:13 am
Just got a Supernova 2 Pro X in Silver paint finish and I'm totally blown away by the sounds and capability of this synth.
The chap who sold it called it the "Jubilee edition". What was the actual official title and are these rare?
I have seen it listed as "Platinum" elswhere but all I can find on the web is some pictures of it in Silver. See
The hands on controls are perfect and the keyboard feels great to play on. I am a very happy man!
Robert I.
March 25, 2012 @ 11:16 pm
Wanted to add that I've had people say that they even thought I must have used VST/RTAS's to get certain sound from SN & then showed how it was done with jaws dropped, even if manual WAS read. Consumerism/marketing has produced "the immediacy satisfaction generation" and if you want to know how to tweak anything with oscillators--analog or digital, HIGHLY rec. reading "WELSH'S SYNTHESIZER COOKBOOK"--both volumes. Every synth brand may have a distinct 'sound', but the tools and knowledge is the same if you take the TIME to practice--it's as important as playing skills/music theory...end of rant
Robert I.
March 25, 2012 @ 10:56 pm
This is a sound designer's dream! *ANY* synth could sound "thin" if you don't know how to FULLY program that synth! The SN hold it's own with my Virus KB, Radias, Ion, & Waldorf MicroQ. A wise set-up will HAVE different beasts from different manufacturers' tweakable synths to produce DEEP layered sounds; naysayers-- learn basic synthesis as I did way back on like a MS20 AND realize "presets" are really ONLY gr8 starting points on ANY synth & learn art/science of mod routing--then if it's thin--well, aspire to learn FACT that gr8 sounds only limited by ability, not the machine--vintage OR new!
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Rated 4.08 (849 Votes)

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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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