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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Rizal Khan a hobbyist user from malaysia (currently studying in australia) writes:
I have owned my Nova for almost a year (will be in august) and i have taken the time to explore and learn this module before commiting a review. I must say that this review is my personal opinion on the machine. I think it is a great machine. Firstly, I like how u have 6 outs. That can really help when u want to mix it in the studio. Secondly, I dont like the presets but if u work around them, you can come up with some killer sounds in a short time. I like the effects that it has and i love the filters. I would also like to add that my review is just based on comparing other stuff i have used such as the MC505 and MC303 from Roland and The electribe EA-1 from korg. I havent used any other synths but i would like to own a workstation or the Nord Clavia Lead 3 one day

posted Tuesday-Apr-24-2001 at 07:39
Rizal Khan a hobbyist user from malaysia (currently studying in australia) writes:
I have owned my Nova for almost a year (will be in august) and i have taken the time to explore and learn this module before commiting a review. I must say that this review is my personal opinion on the machine. I think it is a great machine. Firstly, I like how u have 6 outs. That can really help when u want to mix it in the studio. Secondly, I dont like the presets but if u work around them, you can come up with some killer sounds in a short time. I like the effects that it has and i love the filters. I would also like to add that my review is just based on comparing other stuff i have used such as the MC505 and MC303 from Roland and The electribe EA-1 from korg. I havent used any other synths but i would like to own a workstation or the Nord Clavia Lead 3 one day

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-24-2001 at 07:39
Gorgeous Girl a professional user from Philadelphia, PA writes:
I've had my Nova for quite a while now (since last September) and I still find creative possibilities with it. I also own an access Virus (bought it last month). There is a little bit more of a learning curve with the Virus and you definitely need to explore the manual to do such things an multitimbral setups, for example. I think no one will doubt that the Nova's user interface is more intuitive than the Virus', however, the Virus is a very deep machine. It's like a true hacker's toy; maybe that's why a lot of people love it. I don't want to generalize, but with the Nova, it is easier to take an existing sound and break it down and tailor it to suit your needs. With the Virus, it is easier (and more fun) to create a sound from scratch.

Even after over 6 months of Nova use, I still give it a 5 because it's a fantastic upgrade to my Clavia Nord Micro Modular and not a bad alternative to the more expensive Nord Modular keyboard/rack. With regard to the Virus, I give it a 5 for very different reasons. The user interface leaves a lot to be desired, but the sound generation capabilities will make you forget how tricky it is to use.

Which sounds fatter? Gulp. I admit that first bass patch on the Virus is deeper than anything I have heard on the Nova. The Nova has a lot of great polyrhythms in the mid range, though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-28-2001 at 17:00
John T a part-time user from UK writes:
The Nova is good value for money in that it gives you a powerful multitimbral synth for not a lot of cash. Having 6 seperate FX for each voice means you don't need expensive outboard gear too.

It does great 303's, nice basses and pretty good pads but there are some major limitations with this synth ...the sounds are clean and lush but not remotely thick enough for big trancey leads. It just cannot produce those evil hoover sounds or shimmering trance arpeggios. I think this is mostly due to the lack of a Unison mode (this plays several notes at the same time but all slightly detuned to produce really thick sounds).

Another problem is with the knobs: the current value of the knob is not shown until you move it, and of course moving it changes it. You can get around this with the "Compare" button but it is a poor workaround.

But the good news is.....they are about (March 2001) to release OS4 for the Nova and Supernova which apparantly adds Unison, new waveforms, new filters and a knob pickup system, which all sounds like it might just solve ALL the problems with the synth, as well as allowing you to use nearly all the Supernova II sounds too.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-19-2001 at 11:39
Stromo a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I just traded my korg MS2000 and EA1 for a nova and I just gotta say I feel bad for the guy that traded with me. This thing sounds so sweet. I have an mc-505 and a sp-808ex and this completes my thirs6t for now. the best little synth that I've had the pleasure to put my hands on. Plus it's BLUE

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-05-2000 at 21:32
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