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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Steril a professional user from Germany writes:
If you love the Juno 60 or 106, this is the VA for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-23-2002 at 08:21
Jimmy from USA writes:
Hey! This is actually my 2nd Nova...believe it or not..i dumped my first one cos i needed college tuition BAD, and i had been missin it sooo bad..so i just came across the opportunity to buy one locally for $500. For as little as i paid, i still think its an unbelievable deal . No, this does not mimic an analogue EXTREMELY well, that much is true. It lacks the overall grit and tone of an analogue synth (closest VA in my opinion would be the Access Virus). However, the Nova excels at being polished and warm. Yes, oh yes...the Nova is probably the warmest Virtual Analogue to my ears. It lush and dreamy. Pads and Basses are great. The amount of modulation routings is great. Yes, the filter does step when you crank the resonance and turn the cutoff like crazy..but..does anyone actually do that kind of stuff anymore? like Vesa noted, modulating the filter by the LFO creates perfectly smooth sweeps..its what i always do. Also on a side note..i suggest you Nova owners take off the goofy looking blue endcheeks..I took mine off and the Nova looks WAY cooler and professional..just my thoughts!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-13-2002 at 17:19
Vesa a professional user from Finland writes:
I think the current price of this unit makes it a very good buy. I don't it sounds much like an analog synth, however it's nicely laid out for realtime tweaking.

There's clearly a lot of features squeezed into a synth with a low price tag. My major gripe is the filter frequency knob whose resolution is inadequate in some applications - nothing destroys analog feel like a stepping filter sweep going up with a chirping diddley-diddley-diddley. The effects are also rather low quality. The phaser is unusable and this reverb is not something to write home about. Chorus and delay are quite usable and I kind of like the distortion too (I hear it was improved for OS4). One very positive suprise was the flexible routing the effects section allows. Delay, chorus and reverb can be used in any combination of parallel and serial routings, and you can even "morph" between the standard parallel routing and more eccentric possibilities.

Despite the fact that true multitimbrality in the FX section has obviously compromised the reverb quality, I appreciate the design decision. It minimizes the time I need to start a song: throw some programs into the multi mode and start sequencing, no need to mince around with separate multi mode FX routing stuff. Also, this synth sounds better than one would expect without any effects at all. Apart from the previously mentioned filter stepping (which is a feature of the knob and 7-bit MIDI CC, not the filter itself as envelope and LFO sweeps are smooth) and some dirtiness (maybe alias?) in the oscillators, the sonic quality of Novation ASM is quite pleasant.

It's enjoyable to program with comprehensive modulation possibilities. Somehow, perfectly clean sounds escape me but the way this unit sounds dirty has appeal. It also sounds crisp and digital, especially when you engage distortion, but if you like screaming sounds with edge, it may well be for you.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-05-2002 at 03:06
Alex a hobbyist user from NZ writes:
Gotta love that OS4

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-24-2001 at 21:15
KNZ a hobbyist user from SF writes:
Well, its been a year since I first said this syth was great and now, after a year and a OS upgrade, its still great! The filters in the new OS open up a whole range of 'thinner' (the nova could always do fat but sometime thin is good) sounds. Unlike my MS2000, I don't feel I'll ever get tired of it. -To the guy who has a problem: I screwed up the OS update once too - just reset the synth (hope you backed up your sounds) by holding down... (can't remember but its in the manual and just involves holding down a couple buttons on power up) and try again - be patient it takes a minuit or too and interupting it screws everything up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-30-2001 at 20:04
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