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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
Sounds great, but kinda boring. Lacks character, but gets the job done. The Big Mac of synths. A shame too, if they'd just gone a bit further with the mod matrix and the waveform selections, this would be a monster. The sound quality of what is offered is excellent (if you don't overuse the effects)- it has more presence than other virtuals I've tried. A very good all-rounder, and an excellent filter/fx box for other synths.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-22-2003 at 03:41
z-man a hobbyist user from usa writes:
What a unit! I love it. It's one of the better pieces of gear I've owned over the last 15 years or so. It is so user-friendly. As a hands on, knob-tweaking multi-timbral unit, it shines. I'm using Cubase a sampler, and an ALesis QS 8.1 as my controller, and I couldn't have found a better piece of gear to complete my setup. I also have a Korg Z1 which, being a mighty powerful synth in it's own right, is not near the multi-timbral unit that the Nova is. Several outs, 6-part mult-timbral, with each part having it's own effect routings, excellent sounds, and superb real-time controls makes it an indisensable tool in my rig. If you don't like the presets, then grab a knob and get your hands dirty editing them. It looks cool, has a lot of lights and Novation is very good about updating and upgrading their products. I highly recommend this unit.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-11-2002 at 18:25
and actually the filter resolution probably is 16-bit

just the knob is 7-bit. any higher than that would probably be useless anyway because it would jump between values.

posted Friday-Nov-01-2002 at 22:41
HELP! writes:
Actuly the knob resulution is 7-bit '00-7Fh'or '0-127' values. Just thought to let you kno.

Stephanie sez "Just that we would like to have a 16 bits precision filter instead of a 8 bits one"

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-01-2002 at 15:09
Stephane a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
Definitely the best synth I have bought (I also have a juno 106, an emu esi-32 and a roland xp-80 and until recently an akai ax-73). Some notes about the sound: Very nice analog emulation but more on the digital side than on the analogue one. A true analogue synth sounds quite differently (even the Juno 106, which is a analogue synth with digital OSCs). But what's the point ? For a decent price you get everything you need to make almost any kind of music: 6 parts, 6*3 oscillators, 6*2 ring mods, saw/tri/square LFOs, 130 modulations possibilities, syncable LFOs, dozens of simultaneous effects ... and a very good vocoder too ! I just found myself filtering a guitar with the included input for hours and hours. Oh, did I forgot to mention the arpeggiator ?? Get it. You cannot go wrong. The only cons I can find is that you can hear some filter stepping when playing with the filter knob but it's not really annoying. Just that we would like to have a 16 bits precision filter instead of a 8 bits one...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-11-2002 at 20:16
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