Novation UltraNova Analog Modeling Synthesizer with Vocoder

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Product Description

UltraNova is a 'Nova' series analogue-modeling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

The 'Nova' family was born in 1998 with the Supernova, which was the first of a series of powerful synthesizers. These quickly became industry standard 'big-synths' which are still used by countless artists and sound designers.

UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.

Novation UltraNova Synthesizer Features

  • Brand new Nova-series synth engine based on Supernova II
  • Touch-sense controls enable totally new sound-shaping and performance
  • Totally gig-able with 37 full sized keys, a vocoder, and loads of controls
  • Software plug-in editor and Patch Librarian for full visual editing
  • Built-in 2 in 4 out USB audio interface and it can be bus powered
  • Includes Dynamic Gooseneck Microphone
Software Editor
UltraNova has a powerful software editor that enables visual editing of all parameters. It can be used within DAWs as a plug-in editor.

Patch Librarian
UltraNova also ships with a patch librarian that can be hosted on Mac or PC. This enables the user to save an unlimited number patches to the host computer and organize them into folders. Each of the 300 patches that ship with UltraNova have been tagged to make it easy to search by category and genre from the hardware synth or the software patch librarian.

UltraNova has a 12 band vocoder and ships with a dynamic gooseneck microphone. In addition to putting your voice through the vocoder (via the microphone) you can also process other sounds by putting instruments - or pretty much anything - into UltraNova's stereo line inputs on the back panel.

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Phone:  800-431-2609 Warranty:  As of 12/14/2017: 2 Year

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Novation UltraNova Synthesizer Specifications

  • 144 character LCD
  • Controls:
    • 8 detented touch sensitive encoders
    • 1 large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
    • 1 large patch select/speed dial encoder
    • 2 volume and monitor mix dials
    • 39 LED lit/indicated buttons
    • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
    • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • Inputs:
    • XLR dynamic mic input
    • Two 1/4 inch jack inputs
    • Expression pedal on 1/4 inch jack input
    • Sustain pedal on 1/4 inch jack input
  • Outputs:
    • Two 1/4 inch jack outputs
    • Two 1/4 inch jack aux outputs
    • One 1/4 inch jack headphone output
    • SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
  • MIDI in/out/thru
  • 12 volt power input
  • USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
  • Kensington Lock port
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
  • 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
  • 20 modulation slots per patch
  • 6x envelope generators
  • 3x LFOs.
  • Aftertouch
  • Velocity
  • 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
  • Gator
  • EQ
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator - 33 patterns
  • Chord function - lock up to 10 notes
  • Patch storage up to 512 on hardware (ships with 300 factory patches)

Customer Reviews

R.K. Submitted: 11/20/2018
Product Rating
Per fect O
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
Easy to use , great abilities ??
Passport Trace Submitted: 9/15/2018
Product Rating
Much room for improvement
What is your opinion of this product?
I bought this for the vocoder feature mostly. It performs pretty well. However the synth patches are subpar and the overall audio quality is not as good as i hoped for. It's supposed to double as an audio interface, but its rather complicated.
Jim K Submitted: 8/9/2018
Product Rating
Well worth the money
What is your opinion of this product?
I am really happy with this synth. It is very flexible and easy to use. I've already recorded one song with it. I can't wait to get back to recording with it.
Johnra, Submitted: 2/1/2018
Product Rating
I used this thing on my EP and on my first album. I really like it.
What is your opinion of this product?
I love this thing. Works very well and I have traveled a lot with it. Very durable, I am not exactly easy on things. I break literally everything and this has taken a beating and I have used it for years day in day out. In terms of sound quality I love it, very unique with its touch and tweak pads, I can move around the extremely deep menus and get MASSIVE sound. If you like HUGE sounds this thing will eat much of what you throw at it. So many cool things you can do with it. You can listen to what I created with it on my Ep Life lessons from Itunes and Spotify and my album that is coming out shortly. Love it. I want to buy a second one just so when it breaks ill have another one. Just because of this synth I love Novation.
Joe Gavazza Submitted: 3/5/2017
Product Rating
I love this amazing musical machine
What is your opinion of this product?
You can literally produce ANY sound with this amazing synthesizer. Start from scratch and it's like making a cake from scratch (except easier) and sounds so much better than I can really even describe! Rich, full-bodied sound that fills the room (or venue). Very well made with a key-bed made in Italy, you're not going to get much better than this in the quality department. Everything is solid, buttons feel good, mod/pitch wheels work perfectly and promptly. Touch sensitive controls that are a blast to work with to alter subtleties within the sound itself. I just can't say enough good things about this amazing synthesizer. Ordering was prompt and courteous - received in perfect condition - I will be buying any and all of my music gear from AMS in the future.
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Batti Rey Submitted: 4/23/2015
Product Rating
Love it!!! I need ed more synth workstaions to finish my EP
What is your opinion of this product?
I used the Ultras Nova on Night of the Eclipse (Evasive Action Remix) off Of Batti Rey "Night Of the Eclipse"EP
DotcomRon Submitted: 7/18/2011
Product Rating

best part of my studio
high quality, nice build.
loads of features. vocoder, audio interface, midi controller, expandable synth, voodoo blue,etc...
comes with a printed manual which is nice. automap makes it easy to sync up with your favorite DAW or plugin.
dark and rich like expensive coffee.
I dunno...I took it out of the box it did'nt do much on it's own except look blue.
seems costly at first but once you realize it's versatility and depth that goes out the window. I mean a synth with fresh modifiable sounds with a built in audio interface w/ midi?...what else could you want?...well a shoe box full of twenties would be nice.
Nick from Manchester, NH, USA, Submitted: 4/16/2011
Product Rating

First impression is that.. it's plastic, but most synths are these days, so it's not that big of a deal. This scored 4 stars just for this fact. Overall, I can see this synth lasting a long time, I just wouldn't recommend dropping it too often.
More than enough features available. I haven't had a chance to use the audio interface on this yet, so I can't comment on that. I absolutely LOVE the touch sensors; very awesome idea and really makes it a blast to play. This isn't a one trick pony, there are some good things here, but that just gets me every time I play it. I would love to see a 49 or 61 key version. Oh and of course the vocoder! Sounds great and the gooseneck mic is a nice addition. I'm not really sure how practical it will be in a live situation with all the sound on stage, but maybe. In my experience using vocoders live I have also used a gate before running into it.
Very easy to use. It can be slightly annoying to edit parameters using only the synth though. BUT, there is the software editor that I would give 10 stars for easily!
The Ultranova has a sound of its own (think how a Virus sounds like a Virus), well it's the same thing here. Of course you can emulate the old analog synths, but this pushes the limits much further and brings you some complex and original sounds. The Ultranova filter can get REALLY gritty sounding. I absolutely love it.
The keys feel like your average synth keys. Nothing special here.
Great value! I feel the Ultranova and Venom are the two synths in competition right now and I was more than happy with spending the extra money and getting the Ultranova. Well worth every penny!!
Steve C from Lively, VA, anonmyous58428 Submitted: 11/16/2010
Product Rating

Looks great, sounds wondeful
The build quality of novation items have gone down in the last few years, but theyve brought back quality from china
lots, arp
tone is good, synth is better
every penny well spent


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