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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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C-Code a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
I think my music got a boost since im using this phat monster. This is a dream come true synthesizer. I think it's one of the first VA that sounds better than any other VA.....i mean ive tried nordleads and i must say........there is no way you can compare those synths with this beautiful blue monster !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-03-2002 at 11:15
ben a part-time user from uk writes:
SUPERNOVA-well what can i say.when i first bought this synth i wasnt to impressed,i think this was mainly due to the fact i was new to synths and making music,this was about 1/12 years ago,and now have a much better understanding on programming synths. i now think this synth is tops,os 4.1 has just changed it for me,it almost feels like a totally new synth ive seen the comments that it cant make fat sounds,how much fatter could ya get than a double sawtooth waveform detuned slightly, set to unison mode with say 4 voices,,erm id call that fat,add to that a touch of chorus not to mention the 2 other osc and ya well away.i actually sometimes find its so fat it can destroy the rest of my mix in seconds and really have to tone it down. im not going to get technical,because im still fairly new to it,all i can say is read your manual most def upgrade to os 4.1 and spend not just a few hrs,but weeks/months getting to know it inside out.its an excellent synth,massive potential when used properly,i dont think judging a synth by turning the effects off is really a justified way of doing it.

just look how many studios have one,and how many artists/producers say in their articles i love my supernova.

it truly is a great synth and when used in conjunction with other great synths can produce purely amazing music.

if your into trance and techno id say buy one before a lot of other synths,and just explore it,learn how to use the lfos,osc,filters (p.s new special filters on os4.1 f##ing amazing i like the bandpass/highpass one best),modulation,env etc etc..it really is endless.youll get practically ever techno/trance/hardhouse/2 step etc etc sound you can think of.ok you may need to really have a good grasp of the synth to get some of these,but thats the art of making electronic music.and if it was straight forward then there would be no reward,nothing beats making a cracking sound from scratch.a great piece of advice was given to me by someone "theres infinite possibiltys when programming sounds and 90% of the millions of sounds sound crap,its learning how to produce that 10% of killer sounds thats the trick". and with out a doubt the supernova will find the 10% with hard work and understanding. ive only scratched the surface of my supernova but with every new twist and turn and grasp,i get a better and better sound the other great thing is the more you learn on this machine the easier youll get to grips with your other synths,its just a differnce of menus,the principle is still very similar at the end of the day.its excellent to try something youve learnt on the supernova and try it on another synth and get a different angle on that sound..

all in all a brilliant synth and an asset to any setup,just learn how to use it before putting people off buying it just becuase youve tried it once without a single idea on how to program the thing and entered a user review

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-24-2001 at 06:17
Mats a part-time user writes:
This synth really kicks ass. People say it doesen't sound harsh or hard enough, but i have honestly tweaked some seriously hard-edged sounds on it. And sounds weak without effects??? Ofcourse it does. Think about it, the presets are supposed to be played with the effects. Program your own sounds without using effects at any stage and you'll notice that you can get really fat and rude sounds from it without the fx. Sound quality is really amazing! The only thing that i would change on it are the midi-connections and the euro-connector, lousy quality... or so it seems.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-16-2001 at 02:22
x a professional user from United States writes:
Brute, I thought the same thing, turn off the effects and it doesn't sound very big, but that was playing it at a store and not really understanding how to program the SN.

If the Nord Lead 3 really does it for you that's all well and good but consider the Supernova has it's effects available to each patch all the time in whatever configuration over 8 midi channels.

You can get expressive and fat (phat if some insist) sounds out of it without a single effect. There's a switch on it that bypasses effects.

I have a Nova II which has less buttons but is the same synth engine. You can make high quality sounds without the effects but when you consider that part of the design seems to include the use of effects and often in dynamic ways it's unfair to say "turn off the FX and it's bad."

If the effects are there and are good why not use them? If you don't like the effects and want to program a big sound you can.

I was wrong and learned better later on. The SN is a great synth. Using the supersaw on the three osc and a bit of detuning gives you six a very big sound.

posted Monday-Jun-25-2001 at 11:53
James Pack a hobbyist user from London, England writes:
Well, 5/5 is the only mark i can give this little puppy. It does everything i wanted it to do and then some. It is a studio in a box, that is no lie, bit pricey, but worth every penny.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-31-2001 at 12:38
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