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
Nord Tastic
June 14, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
Forget being Influenced to buy this machine or not based on its [beep] ty presets,this is one hell of a Machine,and needs time to program it to get good results,can highly rate this machine,and would say it's very "Analog" sounding in the right hands.
Chris Faur
June 4, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
I have the SN2 Pro X PE ... I bought it in like 2001 or 2002 I forgot....brand new. It's been working nicely since. It's a unique synth that has a unique sound. It can sound like the jupiters or the junos. You can program ur own arpegiator sequences up to 64 steps. 8 parts, 8 different arpegiators, 8 different effects all at once.... very nice in creating some sound effects and bell like sounds.
April 29, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
I'm amazed to read such negativity about the supernova. It's one of my workhouses and I've owned it since new; chose it ahead of the original virus. With a bit of programming it can sound like a roland, oberheim, prophet whatever. I use it on most of my tracks. Hear some at http//
April 23, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
Man im baffled about the level of hate. I think it has something to do with the price. Avoid this and try out the nova laptop. From what i know there the same engine since i can load any supernova patches into it pretty much. I looove novation stuff. It defenetly has its downsides but its also great when it comes to any high res sounds. I own a nord a virus and a an1x and i still own a nova and a station. The interface is great on there products And i wound say its silly to say a jp 8000 or 8080 is anything near as good as novations stuff. check it out for yourself though dont take my word for it.
April 16, 2009 @ 8:36 pm
Like Guru J said, overhyped, I had the desktop, was disappointed. W/o drenching it effects, it sounds terrible. If you can't afford a virus get an an200 instead.
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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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