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Novation MiniNova 37 Key Compact Synthesizer

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Product Description

The Novation MiniNova 37 Key Compact Synthesizer is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible performance controls, which enable you to tweak and warp the onboard sounds, and your own voice. It has the same synth-engine as its big brother - the UltraNova - and comes with 256 awesome sounds so you can get started straight away. If you want to dig deeper, it has a fully editable Nova-class synth engine (derived from the legendary Supernova series in the 1990s).

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Compact Synthesizer Features

  • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova's sound engine
  • Brand new VocalTune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in real-time
  • 256 awesome onboard sounds - instantly searchable
  • Layer up to 5 effects per voice
  • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
  • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder, VocalTune and effects
  • Free soundpacks including vintage synth and bass synth sounds
  • 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
Is MiniNova for you?
MiniNova's compact size, massive sound and performance/editing controls make it perfect for producers, gigging musicians and anyone creating music with computers - it can also be a 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O. The VocalTune and vocoder enable you to recreate classic vocal effects, as well as brand new voice-bending possibilities!

Choose your sound
MiniNova has 256 onboard sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds by selecting the type of music you're making, or the type of sound you're after whether it's bass, lead - hip hop or techno. MiniNova comes with a free software Patch Librarian so you can store as many sounds as you want on your computer. If 256 is not enough, there are numerous soundpacks for MiniNova assembled by renowned artists and sound designers. These can be downloaded free from:

Tweak, warp and arpeggiate your sound
MiniNova can do things other synths can't. It has knobs that allow you to tweak and edit the sounds, but it can also 'animate' sound with 8 back-lit buttons. These trigger 'mods' in the synth engine that can warp sound in incredible ways as you play. There is also a large knob for filter cutoff so you can get instant control of the filter whatever else you are doing. MiniNova has an arpeggiator; you can use the 8 buttons to jam with arpeggios creating totally new sequences in real-time.

Classic & brand-new vocal effects
MiniNova takes vocal effects one-step further. As well as a vocoder, it has VocalTune. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard recreating those classic Hip Hop / Urban vocal effects. You can also run your voice through MiniNova's effects engine, adding reverb, distortion, chorus/phase, gator compression or EQ. This doesn't need to be limited to your voice; there is an input which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument and give it the same treatment; effects or vocoder.

The synth engine & effects
MiniNova has an enormously powerful synth engine, unheard of in such a compact synth. There are 14 conventional waveforms to choose from (square, sine, sawtooth, pulse, triangle and combinations), 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms. Each of the 3 oscillators (per voice) have density/detune for fattening up sounds, virtual sync and 'hardness' - which acts as an additional low pass filter. There are 14 filter types (and you can run 2 simultaneously), 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 20 modulation slots where you can link modules of the synth engine together to shape sound. MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.

Editing software included
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so we've created a software application gives you visual access to the synth engine. The MiniNova Editor works as a plug-in within your DAW or music software. You can fully edit MiniNova using the hardware, the software just makes it more simple to see what you are doing.

Product Specifications
Novation MiniNova 37 Key Compact Synthesizer Specifications
USB cable
Power supply
User manual
Included Software:
MiniNova Software Editor
MiniNova Patch Librarian
Ableton Live Lite
Novation Bass Station softsynth
Loopmasters sample pack (1GB)
Synth engine: Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing), Mono-Timbral
Per patch:
3x oscillators
1x noise generator
2x ring modulators
Waveforms include Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations, 20x digital waveforms, 36x wavetables
Filter types:
2x filters per patch
low pass no resonance 6dB per octave
low pass 12dB
low pass 18dB
low pass 24dB
band pass 6:6
band pass 6:12
band pass 12:6
- band pass 6:18
- band pass 18:6
- band pass 12:12
- high pass no resonance 6dB per octave
- high pass 12dB
- high pass 18dB
- high pass 24dB
Modulation sources:
20 modulation slots per patch
6x envelope generators
3x LFOs
Key scaling/track
Mod wheel
Expression pedal
Total of 66 Destinations including:
Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, level and sync
Filter cutoff, resonance, envelope settings
Effects parameters and send levels
Recursive modulation (modulating modulation sources themselves)
5 effects slots per patch:
Distortion: up to 2 instances
Compressor: up to 2 instances
Chorus/Phase: up to 4 instances
Delay: up to 2 instances
Reverb: up to 2 instances
12 band vocoder
Arpeggiator: 33 patterns
Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
Chord function: lock up to 10 notes
Patch storage: up to 384 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
Utility, display and patch select controls:
16 character custom LCD
1x large detented patch select encoder
1x patch sort switch
1x volume dial
1x detented data encoder
5x navigation/utility buttons
2x patch navigation buttons
Keyboard/performance controls:
Pitch wheel (LED lit)
Modulation wheel (LED lit)
37 note keyboard with velocity
4x smooth edit/performance pots
1x large smooth filter pot
1x six position parameter selector switch
6x parameter indicator LEDs
8x three-colour, back-lit animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch-select buttons
2x animate/arpeggiate LED indicators
1x back-lit 'hold' button
1x animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch toggle switch
1x 'favourite' patch select button
1x arpeggiator tempo control pot
1x arpeggiator tempo indicator LED
2x back-lit arpeggiator control encoders
2x back-lit octave select buttons
Inputs, Outputs, rear panel:
XLR dynamic mic input
1x 1/4 in. jack inputs
2x 1/4 in. jack outputs
1x 1/4 in. jack headphone output
Sustain pedal on 1/4 in. jack input
MIDI in/out
12 volt power input
USB/DC/off power switch
USB port (MiniNova can be powered via USB)
Kensington Lock port
Dimensions (L x H x D): 22.04 x 2.95 x 9.84 in., (560 x 75 x 250 mm)
Weight: 5.55 lbs., (2.52kg)Neutrik made plugs built to Planet Waves’ patented design
Ed Merkel from Rochester NY USA
Overall Rating
Ease of Use
Mininova Exceeded all Expectations
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
While lightweight, it has a very solid feel, is stable on tier two of my keyboard stand and gives the impression it would travel well. At this price point I don't think I'd find better.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The Arpeggiator is Killer, and the Latch button is a bonus Lay down the Arp line you want, come over it with my other keyboard or with the guitar. Pre-programmed sounds are excellent, and there are enough so I don't have to spend time programming new ones if I don't want to. That's a big benefit. This is my first foray into synth, and I'm very pleased.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Set it up on the stand, plugged in the power cord, connected headphones (also works into a small Roland Cube amp until I figure out what kbd amp or PA I want to add), turned it on, and out of the box it's intuitive and unintimidating. That's important for us old-timers out here. I'm recommending it as 'The' toy to add to the collection to all my home musician friends.
How is the tone?
Connected to quality headphones the sound is what I would expect. Crystal clear, well differentiated voicings. If electronics can be said to be 'musical', then the Mininova is musical indeed. Through a small Roland Cube guitar amp connected to the headphone out, it's way more than anticipated. I'll do a follow up once I have a small PA or stereo keyboard amp up in the office/studio room.
Your general opinion of this product.
I'm completely pleased. It arrived well packaged, sooner than anticipated, easy to set up. Clear instructions in the manual. I still have to get on line and register.
Was this item an overall good value?
As a new owner and user of a little over a week, I can't imagine a better value for the money. And part of it, really, is the 'cool' factor with the blue color and the backlit pads. And the free Tee shirt is pure frosting.
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