Novation XioSynth 49 49 Key Mono Synth and USB Interface

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    Product Description

    The Novation XioSynth has made synthesis more accessible then ever!
    Packed with a staggering amount of classic and cutting edge sounds, the XioSynth is a stylish, compact and very affordable. The XioSynth features internal preset patches programmed by many internationally acclaimed artists and a new X-Gator patch programmer so you can create your own sounds. The Novation XioSynth is the perfect companion when your on the move with its audio and midi computer interfacing capabilities. This synth also works great as a controller for all of your soft synths.

    The XioSynth features a mono-timbral Novation synth engine with 8-voice polyphony. In addition to 3 oscillators (17 waveforms each), 1 Filter (varying types), 2 LFOs (32 waveforms each), an arpeggiator and multi-effects board, this subtractive synth also boasts some brand new facilities such as the X-Gator patch programmer. The X-Gator can be made to gate each patch to create unique 16-32 step rhythmic patterns for every onboard sound, all automatically synchronised to MIDI clock from a sequencer; just press and hold one key to groove along to a track with style.

    The XioSynth features 200 hard-hitting onboard patches, utilising a new optional filter distortion to produce an even greater range of sounds than on previous synths; from the distinctive clean British sound to the filthiest and grittiest of sonic characters. Furthermore, 60 of the onboard sounds come from internationally acclaimed artists and producers from a variety of musical genres, namely James Zabiela, Ferry Corsten, Rennie Pilgrem, Roots Manuva, Shimon and Skeewiff. As such, every one of the patches on the XioSynth is eminently and instantly usable for creating synthesized music of any kind.

    The XioSynth includes an ultra-low latency 2 In/2 Out audio interface for high quality recording and playback. This allows you to record a microphone with phantom power, as well as simultaneously stream the onboard synth audio directly to the sequencer via the USB cable. Equally though, a guitar can be plugged straight into the Jack input for DI recording, as well as simultaneously mic'd, and recorded with outstanding results. Check the demo XioSynth guitar track in the Novation online player to be blown away by the quality.

    If you want a compact controller keyboard for studio or live use, the XioSynth is the most flexible and powerful tool on the market. In addition to synthesizing and audio/MIDI interfacing, the keyboard is also a comprehensive control surface with 11 knobs and buttons (doubled to 22 by a Group A/B switch), plus a freely assignable Touchpad and joystick. All of these controls are pre-programmed in 16 onboard Templates, so that the XioSynth can instantly control many software applications straight out the box. Add to this many more Templates online, a free Template Editor software application and hybrid modes for simultaneous synthesizing and MIDI controlling, and you have an extremely versatile package for producing or performing.

    Simply connecting the keyboard over USB is all that's required to start recording, synthesizing and MIDI controlling. As the device is class compliant, no drivers are required for Windows XP or Mac OSX (although some are provided to improve latency and stability in some apps). Furthermore, if wanting to excape the confines of the studio for a while, the USB cable can be unplugged and the XioSynth can be powered by batteries, functioning as a standalone synth completely separately from the computer.

    Product Specifications

    Novation XioSynth 49 Specifications

    • One part, 10-voice polyphonic
    • 3 Oscillators, 17 Waveforms
    • 2 LFOs, 32 Waveforms
    • Multimode resonant filter section with various filter options
    • Extensive modulation capabilities
    • Arpeggiator with latch
    • X-GATOR with latch
    • Direct streaming of synth into computer via USB


    • Keys: 49 Keys
    • Type: Semi-weighted
    • Velocity curves: 7

      Pitch and Mod Wheel Mechanism

    • Pitch Wheel Lever: Rubberised - centre return spring loaded left to right motion
    • Mod/control Lever: Rubberized - spring loaded front to back motion

      X/Y Touchpad

    • Touchpad: 1 x touch sensitive 45x60mm
    • Parameters: 2 assignable in X direction
    • 2 assignable in Y direction

      LCD Display

    • LCD: 2 x 16 character silver
    • Blue LED backlit

      MIDI Interfacing

    • MIDI: 1 MIDI Out
    • USB MIDI: 1 In; 1 Out

      Audio Interfacing

    • Inputs: 1 XLR (with phantom power); 1 TS Jack
    • Outputs: 2 TS Jack (L/R); 1 stereo Headphones Jack

      Other Interfacing

    • Data Ports: 1 x USB 1.1
    • Sustain Pedal: 1 x 1/4-inch Input


    • Rotary Potentiometers: 11, 0-270° rotation
    • Rotary Encoders: 1, 360° continuous DATA wheel
    • Buttons: 11 function switches
    • Group B switch
    • General Operation: 4 Mode and Menu select buttons
    • Keyboard Octave Up and Down buttons
    • Synth Menus/Audio mode select button
    • Effect Select buttons (Synth Mode)
    • Template/Bank/Page Up/Down buttons
    • Line/Phones Volume pots


    • Battery Pperation: 6 x standard "AA" Size
    • External Power Supply: Standard "center positive" 9V DC 600mA (Novation PSU6)
    • Size: 798 x 68 x 190 (mm) w x h x d
    • Weight: 1.6kg

      System Requirements

    • Operating System: Mac OSX 10.2.4 or greater or Windows XP
    • Computer Spec: Apple G3/400 GHz or Pentium 600 MHz or better
    • Interfacing: USB 1.1 compatible USB connector
      Templates (16 preset onboard, more available on Novation website)
    1. Apple – Logic 7
    2. Steinberg – Cubase SX3
    3. Ableton – Live 5
    4. Cakewalk – Sonar
    5. Native Instruments - Absynth 3
    6. Native Instruments - B4
    7. Native Instruments - FM7
    8. Native Instruments - Pro53
    9. Gmedia - Oddity
    10. Novation V-Station
    11. Novation Bass Station
    12. reFX – Vanguard
    13. Linplug – Albino 2
    14. Gmedia - Minimonsta
    15. Spectrasonics - Atmosphere & Trilogy
    16. User Template

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