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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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dg a professional user from USA writes:
It's like playing a Jaguar synthesizer. It's British in a very good way.

Got the SN II keboard on ebay for 1200USD. Had mine for about two months now. Also own a Korg MS2000, Prophecy, OB Matrix, Tassman, Micro Modular, Waldorf Pulse. The Sound : Round and warm, a lot like a Jupiter but can get gritty and dirty, too. Not SCREAMING like the Prophecy, but still plenty nasty. For 'nice' sounds, it's cake. Envelopes are very snappy and the sliders feel luxurious. The filter is one of the best of all VA's - and with the overdrive feature it really pumps. Usability : Bread & Butter is covered. As are Meat & Potatoes. Also the modulation features are extensive if a bit baffling at first. Rather than 'sending' the source to a destination, all the connections are already made; you're simply altering the degree to which it is effected by the LFO's,ModWheel, Velocity, Env2 or 3 etc. This really puts it in the league of a Matrix12 in this regard. Add the Polyphony plus 7 independent FX on EACH PART and this is a real live performance MONSTER. Shoot, even if you play in a band with other synth players this could work as the ONLY synth you need...just put each Program on a different MIDI channel in Performance mode and set each controller keyboard to the appropriate MIDI channel to play it remotely! That's 8 full-featured polysynths at once, with discreet stereo outs!!!

So...I hear the vocoder on this thing's pretty good, too. Gee.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-14-2006 at 12:29
th a part-time user from croatia writes:
I have a Supernova II rack (OS 2.0 - newest) for 6 months now and I think it's time to write a couple of things. I bought it used for 450 euros and by my opinion, it was a steal. With that kind of money you can buy a new Micron, for example. Funny, I did exactly that before buying SN, but it didn't last long, I sold that thin piece of c**p soon after. Ok, now about the sound: I can't explain the sound in one word so I'll give some examples (or can I? See the bottom of the review!): -basses are outstanding, full and clean -strings (which suprises me the most) are glorious, i thought VA-s can't give that kind or strings, they have some kind of, non useres would say plastic-ness, user would say silkness. The truth is somewhere between, some are to plastic, but most of them are mmmm... -leads are a bit like Oberheim's, which is a good thing to have (I heard similar on Andromeda which has licenced Oberheim filter...) -percussions are emulations of 909 and 808, and I think it's the legacy of know-how learned on Drumstation; so, very good -hypersaw filter - emulations are outstanding, expecially when you program the presets a little, your friend won't know it's not Jupiter -303 basslines emulations are thremendiouslly good To summ the things up: some presets sounds "plastic" but most of them are unbelieveablly good. I have a Virus Classic and Yamaha EX5 and it's better synth of those two. That doesn't mean they are bad.. They're just for other things. Supernova II can sound very analog, but very digital too. So, my oppinion is that SNII is outstandingly sounding synth. Try it to believe! Better than Waldorfs (tried them), Virus (own in), Micron (owned it) and Ion. Nordlead? I'm not shure, but I heard some things made on it, and it didn't impress me. Only things that sounds better are old analogs. So, if you can afford J8, Prophet, SH-02, Mini, CS-80 or similar, go for them. If not, like me, I think Supernova II is the closest thing. Greetings, Tom

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-21-2005 at 11:54
Fractal a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had my SNII for years now (actually got the first order from guitar center). I love it! and regardless of some comments, IT SOUNDS MORE ANALOG THEN YOUR VA! i have a virus c...sn2 beats it in the analog department.... got rid of my nord lead 3...cuz its a thin sound piece of S*$%! sorry no more rant....it really is a great board (i have the rack) it sounds great, the effects are great, and its a great price....so shut up and buy one already

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-23-2005 at 18:52
Dream Sequence a part-time user from Placid water is an eyeball of the earth writes:
This thing is great if you can forget that it isn't particularly good at sounding analog, at least not solo. In a mix it can pass. If you want the most authentic VA, try the korg stuff. BUT, as a "works like an analog but it's digital" board it kicks ass. The FM, sync slew etc. give lots of options for unusual timbres and then throw in the filter types and it's very nice. OK, this opinion may be controversial. I'm not slamming the SNII, far from it, but I've got a JX10 and an Octave Cat to compare it to and it ain't analog folks. But it's killer anyway.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 22:38
Jose a part-time user from The Netherlands writes:
I really like the SNII. But I don't like the fact that Novation drop support. And will not bring out the Adat.

If you like to get a Adat output, write to Novation with a request. Maybe they will change there idea.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-27-2004 at 01:13
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