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
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January 3, 2011 @ 8:40 am
It is by far the deepest VA synth I have ever encountered. The modulation matrix is truly fearsome: You can modulate mostly anything with nearly everything. Simultaneously. If the OSC's sound too thin, remember to swicth them into "VCO"-mode instead of "DCO". Certainly a keeper!
December 27, 2010 @ 11:06 am
I am interested in purchasing one of these, however i was wondering if someone could explain the difference between the standard SuperNova II and the SuperNova II PRO-X. I'm sorry if this is a very simple answer to find, i just havent found one. Thanks in advance.
December 16, 2010 @ 9:10 am
This is favourite synth in my collection. I've have/had Virus TI, ESQ-1, Micro Q, Motif, Fantom, Micron, and others; and I prefer the SN2. I love the interface, and I think it is a fairly easy synth to work with. It has a great arpeggiator as well. This guy has given me fat basses and lovely pads. If you take the time to work with machine it is definitely an amazing synth.
November 11, 2010 @ 5:17 am
This is my 'go to' synth which can convincingly re-create practically any synth sound I care to imagine. The bass tones are fat, the osc's are smooth and clean (no grit or aliasing like it's little brother the Nova), envelopes are snappy and programming it is an absolute joy despite it's complexity.

BUT, all this goodness comes at a price. Any more than 3-4 multi parts and you will experience MIDI timing jitter. This is because the internal processor/s are just not fast enough to cope with what the SN2 is doing under the hood and NOT your DAW/sequencer.

@ Paul: Set your osc levels to around 64 and use the part level to control volume in multi mode. This will stop the distortion you are experiencing, which generally happens at the effects stage due to excessive gain).
November 9, 2010 @ 3:07 pm
I´ve had this a while and i also own a JP8080, i have to say i prefer the JP8080. To me the Supernova seems to distort easly when i´m tweaking the filter. ANyone have this experience? It´s really annoying, i´ot giving up on it just ye though
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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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