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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Gorgeous Girl a professional user from USA writes:
Without sounding like a blatant advertisement, the Nova is one of the most creative instruments I've used in a long time (and I've worked with a lot of gear so far). You can call up some amazing sounding presets, modify them, twiddle them in realtime, and create your own wild and wacky sounds complete with arpeggiations if desired and lots of oscillator syncing, panning, delay/chorus, etc. You are limited only by your imagination. The only thing that comes close right now is the Nord Modular and Access Virus and each of those have their own merits. Take a listen to my songs "Planet Rave (Club Mix)" and "The Raven" to get an idea of what this thing can do. About 50% of the production of each of those songs was from the Nova.

If you ever feel like you're bored with it, start up the vocoder. It is the most fluid vocoder I've ever heard.

Gorgeous Girl

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-02-2000 at 14:11
Citizen a part-time user from Holland writes:
I traded an MS 2000 and TX81Z and it was a good choice for me... The Nova has 3(!!!) oscillators dude!..One can make ruly phat bass and pads with it..Also the punchy noise sounds really pleasant when mixed with a pad.You get this pad with noisy attack which works really well with 'trancy chord-stabs'...

The knobs are bigger than on the MS2000 and feel more sturdy too...The Nova only has 20 knobs but the interface is pretty intuitive...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-27-2000 at 10:55
remy4music from Belgium writes:
Rowboffin, I have the same opinion about the sounds: I find them just too clean. This machine must be good at some type of sounds... I tried the SN2 keyboard: there is negative envelope and I read later that it has unisson function... but I wasn't able to translate this in terms of sonic capabilities, I already told about the impression it leaves me. I would reaally like to be able to try it in depth cos it has great features and everyone talks about it... Until now, it's not in my book!

posted Monday-Oct-23-2000 at 18:09
Rowboffin a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've got several synths including a Waldorf Pulse, Yamaha AN 1X and a Korg Wavestation and I bought the Nova module hoping it would offer me something beyond what I already had. But unfortunately it didn't. It's okay at doing standard synth sounds but it doesn't enable me to break any new territory sonically. It also has a few irritating traits:

1. The sync sounds are too polite, no where near as raucous as the AN 1X's. 2. You can't find out the value of some parameters without changing them since the knobs don't necessarily mirror the true values. 3. The amp envelope can't be used inverted i.e. with a negative modulation amount, in fact there is no depth control at all for env 1. 4. Although the LFOs go upto audio frequencies their speed cannot be made to track the keyboard making them useless for melodic FM/AM sounds and only good for creating special effects. 5. Oscillators only have two waveforms available, the special button doesn't provide any more (yet?) 6. The special filter button is still not yet implemented, and since the Nova II is now available, probably never will be.

My advice is to hold out for the Nova/Supernova II which will be much more powerful even if they share some of the irritating traits of their predecessors.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-23-2000 at 14:18
Matt S. a part-time user from WA writes:
A VERY well rounded synth with a HUGE sound. I have had it only 3 weeks and I am definately keeping it. It's sounds professional out of the box. The presets are a good springboard to make your own sounds with. The interface is likely the best on the market as far as hands on goes. Very inspirational!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-28-2000 at 18:56
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