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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Jazza a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Great machine, I love it. I picked one up for 200$ and haven't got any regrets so far. Although I picked up a nord modular for the same price and, although it's not the same and you shouldn't compare machines like these, I do think the modular is a better buy. Especially if you like programming, but if you don't like programming a synth you wouldn't be able to get the most out of your nova anyway.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-31-2004 at 08:22
Needle from Japan writes:
I own the NOva for one and a half years now, but i couldnt say anything else than Andrew already said two or three posts below. His review is perfect, and i can really second everything that he was writing. Get it, for that price its incredible...

posted Sunday-Dec-07-2003 at 08:25
Ken-One a hobbyist user from the Netherlands writes:
Could have more Osc wave forms, i'm missing sinus wave form sinds this is the building stone for every wave form there is, filter sounds verry fat. fx are nice. (distortion rules) iv'e had various Virtual A an A synths like Korg MS2000r, Alpha Juno, Juno 106, AN1x. but this thing beats them all. the Nova and lack of character????? is complete crap. dude learn to program.....and learn to listen.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-03-2003 at 05:24
andrew a hobbyist user from u.k. writes:
i've had the nova nearly four years and must say i have mixed feelings. a very warm sound if you set it up right, but careful not to set OSC levels over 110ish as they CAN distort the filter inputs which sounds horrible NOT cool. the filter can sound great on the bass lower mid regions but get it up past halfway and it just loses bite it either sounds thin or just smoothy woothy it has no grit, but this is only really shown up on big sweeps. you CAN make the filters sound really SWEET with tuned self oscillating. i'd Rrecommend setting it to VCO rather than DCO mode this makes ALL the differnces in getting warmth out of it and definitely gives more breadth and life to the sound (this function is hidden on the 'Trigger' menu) when i found this it made all the difference to me not getting bored with the thing. use the 'smooth' function to tone down the higher harmonics of the OSCs and this gives a MUCH more realistic / warmer analogue sound; you can now set the filter higher without it sounding too bright and digital. it's definitely possible to make it sound like a juno in a very nice way, though of course was TOTALLY blown away when I switched my Juno 6 on! having 3 LFOs and OSCs is WICKED you can get some MENTAL modular sounds out of it having S/H is v nice. when you get to here you really start wishing that the modulation matrix was more flexible and if you could just do FM... still the sound doesn't come anywhere near a proper analogue but for £250 secondhand now you really can't argue and i'd definitely RECOMMEND this synth. make sure you get OS4.1 it's like having a new synth; sounds better, more polyphony, more filters, plus the essential VCO emulation mode. i'd say it's warmer than the nord stuff (i have a micromod) BUT sounds NOWHERE near as full-on/in your face/ hard as the nord, the overall character of the nova is a lot softer but i reckon it has potential for more warmth. what it excels at is beauty; wondrous complex drones and ethereal floaties are a strong point. mine had to go in for repairs because of a fault it always had with noisy outputs, turned out to be a pot leaking data into the DACS. i had emailed novation loads of times over the course of a year about this with no response- totally crap, i phoned though and were totally good about it they got someone to pick it up and fixed it for free though it was out of warranty. play one before you buy to make sure you like the sonic character, if you're after in your face stuff it's probably not for you, but it's potential is huge AND it's programming interface is one of the BEST highly immediate and you know whare you are with it, use knob pickup mode to peek values before you turn the dial... probably the only weak thing about it is the arpeg pattern editing which is out of the way on sub menu and makes you feel like you can't be arsed with it as the rest of the synth is so much more immediate. actually the weakest thing is the effects are shit, but the distortion is good if used subtly and can add a lot of weight to a patch. final plus point; the vocoder is FABULOUS and also i reckon the filter sounds loads better filtering drums etc going into it than filter it's own oscillators. this synth is so cheap now i don't know how i could say don't get one!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-24-2003 at 07:36
Steph a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I don't think the nova could replace the ms2000 or any other VA because each VA has its own characteristics... Nova is good for some kind of sounds (trance/ambient) but not so good at others. Globally I'm very happy with it but I think it lacks some features like FM, more osc shapes (e.g. sine even is some kind of sine wave can be achieved by using the "soften" button), self resonance... But overall a buy I don't regret. It's fun and easy to use (but IMO the Evolver is much much funnier to use, it's also a completely different architecture but worth every penny if you want a very powerful mono). It's perfectly suited to Ambient sounds, like the Evolver. It will quickly give you dreamy pads, exactly the kind of pads I was looking for (the kind used on some more experimental Instinct Ambient label records).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-16-2003 at 18:37
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