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
Rob Neal
August 18, 2013 @ 4:35 am
The SNII is total FILTH!
It can do lovely swells and pads, but where it really comes into it's own are the lead sounds when you introduce overdrive. It blows pretty much anything else away.

My only comment is the knobs are cheap and nasty and keep falling off when it is transported. Worth getting a bottle of Loctite to fix them down or you will lose them.
Try Reading
August 3, 2013 @ 7:48 pm
Is it really that confusing not to post sale announcements or help requests? Honestly...
July 21, 2013 @ 10:09 am
I recently purchased a Supernova rack and it does not seem to respond to MIDI from Logic, I can only hear sounds from it when i press the demo button. Checked and checked again that it is receiving on the correct MIDI channel and the fault can't be with cables and things as all my other hardware synths work perfectly within the same set-up. I've had the MIDI ports tested by an electrician and no fault was found. There must be something I am missing?
June 9, 2013 @ 9:31 am
Hi guys selling a Supernova Novation II (keyboards version) in top shape. I am based in south london.

Any interest please contact me at

and i will be happy to answer any questions


April 2, 2013 @ 4:51 am
Hello fellow Supernova owners...

Im looking for a Supernova II keyboard diagram? But cant seem to find it anywhere, and the kind people of novation wont send it to me..
If you have this diagram pls. email it to me!?!? :)
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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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