Novation Announce New Hardware Synth

UltraNova is a Nova series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor      10/09/10
Novation Announce New Hardware Synth

Novation have unveiled their new UltraNova synth. Here' swhat they have to say about it...
UltraNova is a 'Nova' series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.
The 'Nova' family was born in 1998 with the Supernova, which was the first of a series of powerful synthesisers. These quickly became industry standard 'big-synths' which are still used by countless artists and sound designers.
UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.
Key features
  • Brand new Nova-series synth engine based on Supernova II:
    • Single part with up to 18 voices, 14 filter types, 36 wavetables, 5 effect slots
    • Patch Browse enables you to browse 300 sounds by type & genre
  • Touch-sense controls enable totally new sound-shaping & performance:
    • Trigger envelopes/LFOs/filters/FX by just touching the encoders
    • Large rotary control instantly allows you fine control of any parameter
  • Gig-able with 37 full sized keys, a vocoder, and loads of controls:
    • Voice optimized 12 band vocoder with gooseneck mic
    • High quality key bed with aftertouch for expressive playing styles
  • Software plug-in editor and Patch Librarian for full visual editing:
    • Plug-in editor allows you to view and edit in with software
    • Software Patch Librarian a organise, store and share unlimited patches
  • Built-in 2 in 4 out USB audio interface and it can be bus powered:
    • UltraNova can be used to stream audio to and from a host computer
    • Stereo main (analogue & SPDIF) and aux outputs, and MIDI in/out/thru ports

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raphus    Said...

I love the novation sound, and the addition of wavetables is seriously tempting. If they'd make a 5-octave multitimbral version with more controls, I'd be unable to resist. Ultranova ProX?

10-Sep-10 11:50 AM

Henri    Said...

well, I know it's childish, but I find it ugly

10-Sep-10 05:11 PM

abot    Said...

I'm glad Novation is finally creating synths again. But that video was so boring. Not very inspiring.

10-Sep-10 07:09 PM

raphus    Said...

They seem to want to show off the touch-sensitive knobs, but they're really no different than momentary switches, no? Useful live, maybe, but probably a hassle in the studio.

11-Sep-10 01:38 AM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

Here's hoping we get a Sonic State review of this machine before too long.

11-Sep-10 08:32 AM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

Addendum: the videos on the Novation site are much, much better for info, etc.

11-Sep-10 08:49 AM

jesse    Said...

For someone who likes building large evolving textures and pads, I found it saddening that UltraNova is one-part only... other than that I think high of this synth. The editor software looks very nice.

11-Sep-10 02:11 PM

Martin    Said...

Wow... That sounds like Horse Shite!

11-Sep-10 05:15 PM

loneraver    Said...

I got excited when I heard the news because when I was still in high school I wanted a Novation Nova so badly but didn't have the money. Anyways, I saw the picture of this synth and I have to say.... it's kinda ugly. It's put me off wanting it and instead I decided to buy a second hand Nova instead.

Finally I'll have my synth of (high school) dreams. Sorry, Novation. You just don't have it anymore.

11-Sep-10 08:47 PM

Gustavo    Said...

First: Its ugly

Second, its too reminescent of the miniAK

Third: Monotimbral? it should be at least bi timbral :(

Granted if they make it at the same price as their controlleres, it would be killer budget-synth... but sill nothing compared to Tetra.

12-Sep-10 01:22 PM

MPS    Said...

I suspect that this video was a bad idea. It doesn't show the capability of the machine, it talks about it.

Worst promo video ever.

13-Sep-10 08:11 AM

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