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
February 28, 2011 @ 8:58 pm
Ed Wynne from Ozric Tentacles uses a Supernova II keyboard. It's been his main synth since the late nineties. If you consider the amount of other gear at his disposal (including a Pro One) that's high praise indeed. If it's good enough for him...
February 5, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
@dlovas: the Supernova II has 16- or 32-tone polyphony, the Pro-x has 48. I am actually selling my pro-x (which is in perfect shape, looks new and sounds terrific).
February 4, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
Saw a couple of these go on sale in the Bergen area this week:

Supernova II (
NOK 5000 (ca. USD800)

Supernova rack (
NOK 4000 (ca USD650, USD600 without the midi controller).

I'm not affiliated with the sellers in anyway, just want to point out that the est. value listed on this webpage seems to be rather overblown at USD 1800-3000.

Prices on ebay also lie in the range of 500 to 600 dollars for the rack version it seems.
January 6, 2011 @ 1:01 pm
Here is some history about novation:
Novation Digital Music Systems Ltd. is a UK musical equipment manufacturer. Founded in 1992 as Novation Electronic Music Systems, the company spe [beep] es in MIDI controllers and analog modeling synthesizers.

Novation's technical director is Chris Huggett, who designed the Wasp and OSCar synthesisers and wrote the operating system for the Akai S1000. While working for Akai, he gave Novation's founders advice and support, later joining full time to design the Supernova.
January 3, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
To dlovas, the standard have 24, the pro have 36 and the pro x have 48 voices. =)
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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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