Novation MiniNova Analog Modeling 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
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    Bought it to use in a high tech cover band. Haven't had a lot of time to play with it, but so far, it's pretty cool. Better sounds than similar Korg units...looks cool too.
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