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
November 7, 2012 @ 5:37 pm
fozzy you are right and zenith you are wrong:like fozzy i own also a Jp-8000,AN1X and even a Minimoog!(yes a real one :) The SNII is a BIG FAT Sounding monster of a synth,VERY warm and Thick sounding,i have try it and own it now for 2 weeks and i wil never sel it!This synth can easy emulate al those sounds of those old classic analog vintage synths!"get one and try it for yourself"!
November 7, 2012 @ 3:57 pm
sold it as soon as i got it much prefer my yamaha an1x and Roland jp8000 any-day, the novation sounds thin when compared, this is my opinion please get one and try it for yourself.
October 21, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
Picked up a Supernova II spring 2012 for a bargain price. However, it required hardware repairs to replace the DAC due to static/white noise on main outputs and headphones.

Once repaired, I was able to experience the beauty of its sounds. It certainly does have a "liquid" type of filter/sound quality compared to say, the Access Virus B, but this also gives it a warm and timeless character (although I do prefer ring modulator and FM on the Virus vs. SN2). Here's some live ambient demos of my SN2: Y2tm8heU
August 18, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
also Apoptygma Berzerk use Novation Supernova Synthesizer!
August 1, 2012 @ 2:04 pm
Just picked up a mint and I mean mint condition Supernova 2 48 voice and am blown away with the sounds and capabillities of this beast, I have owned and sold an Access Virus TI and love the Supernova so much more, thin sounding I DONT THINK SO, this
machine is worth every penny so if you can get your hands on a good one you wont regret
it. 10/10
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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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