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
November 8, 2011 @ 1:28 pm
Hi! I have a KS rack and i'm very happy with it! I want to extend my sound palette, so, do you think the supernova can be a choice? I make trance and hardcore music, and my sequencer is the RM1x.

Thanks, Giacomo.
September 23, 2011 @ 8:24 pm
To be honest i have the SN2,AN1x,&JP8000 + many synths.Each synth has it's own sounds,& are amazing when combined & used together...But the ones i didn't really like the sound of is the ob-8,& the alesis ion,yet with each id the synths i liked,they all have something great,& yet lacks too.Yes it all depends on what sounds you are looking for,& what style of music you like too.As i myself experiment in goa/psytrance melodic stuff yet i like doing experimental stuff in heavy metal,gothic & reggae & much more.The thing i found that most of thees synths lacked was drum patterns.
September 16, 2011 @ 7:04 am
Lovely versatile synth that fills lots of holes in my sonic arsenal and sits well with my analog stuff.In the right hands very useful (check presets for a taster!) Not as thin sounding as people make out, the 3 Osc's,overdrive,2 LFO's and good fx (except reverb) do a good job of phattening things up (super Phatt with 4.01 firmware upgrade for Double Saw wave and 8 voice unison :) Logical layout, not as daunting to program as it looks. Only problem is aliasing *ugg. Can be worked around but a bit crap. Just over £200 on Ebay for 20+ Voice, hands on,ultra modulation Synth Bit of a no brainer :)
August 23, 2011 @ 5:45 pm
And there is no FM synthesis to be exact -it has FM parameter. There's plenty of VA synths that ppl. talk about like they have _also_ FM synth just because one OSC can modulate another using frequency modulation.
I suggest everyone to get to know FM synthesis and try some real FM synths like SY77/TG77, SY99 or FS1R.
Earlier ones like TX81Z were OK too, though it has only 4 OP's. But with 8 different waveforms compared to one in DX7.
Anyhow, point was that FM parameter in a synth does not quite make it FM-synth.. .
July 13, 2011 @ 10:17 pm
@eraser thanks for reply helped a lot. :)
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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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