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
January 18, 2013 @ 2:21 pm
Hi robbie

I had some issues updating mine to OS2 via Cubase. It kept coming up with midi error or something on the synth. What helped was to set speed to 80bpm AND to set the buffersize as high as possible in my audio card (thru which I run midi too).
Hope this helps

robbie supernova2
January 9, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
hi all
i have a supernova 2. its like it got a bad midi message and has deleted the os.. i think i need a new os chip. iv tryed reinstalling the os loads of times with no look
it runs to 99% then hangs. then i restart the hole prosess again,.,.
has any1 ever heard of this ??
January 4, 2013 @ 7:09 am
got the same repair carried out in Holland in late dec.
cost me a 150€
as good as new
this blue synt has a power to blow u away!
December 17, 2012 @ 8:55 pm
@Alxm -- when I bought the synth there was no audio coming from left channel on headphones or master 1+2 outs.

Did research online and others mentioned it was the DAC chip going bad. Took it to a local music repair shop to have DAC replaced, data control knobs replaced, sliders fixed and OS2.0 installed for ~$250.

Once fixed it's been good as new. I realize I probably paid more for all the repairs than I should have but most electronics repair stores I went to didn't know how to fix it because you have to unsolder the DAC and solder it on, its a tricky repair.

December 14, 2012 @ 12:23 pm
This is in response to SYNTH4EVER, who got his Supernova 2 output issues repaired recently...Can you tell me more about that and how much you paid to get it done? Im iin Southern California. Thanks so much!!
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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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