Novation Summit 61-Key Keyboard Synthesizer

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In Novation’s biggest update for Summit, firmware update v2.0 brings in essential improvements and a multitude of features across stereo controls, modulation, unpredictability, and effects, that give you powerful tools to shape your sound.

Firmware v2.0 Features


New spread modes, panning per voice, and panning in the mod matrix give additional control and allows for sound design in the stereo field. Now you can create bigger, wider, and more intricately textured soundscapes.

Modulation and unpredictability

Create deeper and more experimental sounds with new mod destinations, noise as a mod source, and additional LFO 3 and 4 parameters. Animate Envelopes and Arpeggiator Chance open more creative performance possibilities.


New effects, including Chorus Modes, Flanger, and Phlanger add new tonalities. Additional effects modulation destinations open up more experimental sound design. A new Lo-Fi delay mode enables a more vintage style sound.

Bug Fixes

The firmware update v2.0 includes a number of bug fixes. The full details can be found in the release notes.

Summit and Peak firmware v2.0 is the last addition to the legacy of Chris Huggett’s innovative synth design work with Novation. Having shaped the sound of Novation’s iconic synths–including Bass Station, Supernova, Bass Station II, Peak and Summit, Chris has left an indelible imprint on Novation’s heritage, and we will always be grateful for his influence and inspiration.

Novation's flagship instrument, the Summit is a two-part 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesizer with three New Oxford Oscillators per voice. Built on the innovative foundations of Novation’s critically acclaimed Peak, Summit is a three-oscillator-per-voice, 16-voice keyboard synth aimed at the professional or semi-professional musician seeking an inspiring, empowering instrument for use both live and in the studio.

In fact, Summit effectively puts the power of two Peaks at your fingertips, enabling two completely independent patches to be split or layered across the keyboard, or switched between on the fly. It also expands on Peak’s layout, with many ‘hidden’ controls and functions made accessible on the front panel – FM routing, LFOs 3 and 4, all arpeggiator parameters and more – plus the addition of pitch and mod wheels. Summit also features numerous new filter options, and an audio input for processing external sources with its reverb, chorus and delay effects.

At the heart of Summit are three digital New Oxford Oscillators per voice, hosted on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip. As well as generating authentic analogue-style waveforms at incredibly high resolution, this also facilitates FM and wavetable synthesis for the design of rich, complex and highly textural raw tones. Each voice feeds into a true stereo signal path comprising dual analogue filters, three stages of analogue distortion and analogue VCAs; while a wealth of modulation assignment options and three colourful effects bring movement, life and polish to your patches.

Peak powered up
The acclaimed Peak architecture taken to the next level, with 16 voices, expanded front panel controls, new filter options, a five-octave keyboard and more

Two sounds at once
Multitimbral engine for splitting, stacking and switching between two simultaneous patches

Digital where it counts
Digital FPGA-generated New Oxford Oscillators for analogue-style, wavetable and FM synthesis

Analogue where it matters
Dual analogue filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion per voice

Per-part effects and arpeggiation
Process each part or an external audio signal with reverb, chorus and delay effects, and create riffs and melodic lines with a variety of arp modes, adjustable gate time and preset patterns. v

Included Software

  • Ableton Live Lite music making software
What’s In The Box
  • Novation Summit Synthesizer
  • USB cable
  • Printed Getting Started Guide
  • Power lead
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Phone:  800-431-2609 Warranty:  As of 01/24/2020: 3 Years

Product Specifications

Novation Summit 61-Key Keyboard Synthesizer Specifications
    Synth Engine
    • 16 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
    • 2-part-timbral
    • Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes
    • 5 Voice Modes - Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2

    Per Voice

    • 3 oscillators
    • 1 noise generator with HP filter control
    • 1 ring modulator
    • 2 LFOs
    • 1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)
    • 1 filter

    Waveforms Include

    • Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row


    • 1 state variable OTA filter per voice
    • 12/24dB slope
    • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)
    • dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP
    • Pre-filter overdrive
    • Post-filter distortion


    • 16 modulation slots per patch
    • 2 sources per destination per slot

    Mod Sources

    • Direct (depth)
    • Modulation wheel
    • Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)
    • Expression pedal 1
    • Expression pedal 2
    • Keyboard velocity
    • LFO1 positive
    • LFO1 bi-polar
    • LFO2 positive
    • LFO2 bi-polar
    • Amp envelope
    • Mod envelope 1
    • Mod envelope 2
    • Animate 1
    • Animate 2
    • CV mod input bi-polar
    • Bend Up
    • Bend Down

    Mod Destinations

    • Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level
    • Noise source level
    • Ring modulator output level
    • Overall synth output level
    • Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance
    • LFO 1 and 2 frequency
    • Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release
    • FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1
    • Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency
    • Noise -> filter cutoff frequency


    • FX are per part
    • Analogue distortion
    • 3 chorus types
    • Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo

    FX Mod Matrix Source

    • Direct (depth)
    • Mod wheel
    • Aftertouch
    • Expression pedal 1
    • Expression/breath pedal 2
    • Velocity
    • Keyboard
    • LFO 1 +/-
    • LFO 2 +/-
    • LFO 3 +/-
    • LFO 4 +/-
    • Amp envelope
    • Mod envelope 1 & 2
    • Animate 1 & 2
    • CV +/-
    • Bendwheel +/-
    • Bend up
    • Bend down

    FX Mod Matrix Destinations

    • Distortion level
    • Chorus level
    • Chorus rate
    • Chorus depth
    • Chorus feedback
    • Delay level
    • Delay time
    • Delay feedback
    • Reverb level
    • Reverb time
    • Reverb low pass
    • Reverb high pass


    • FM controls on front panel
    • Global LFO 3 & 4
    • Arpeggiator with key latch – 33 patterns
    • Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
    • All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping
    • Microtuning with Scala table import and table tuning creation
    • Manual mode
    • Multi pot mode: Relative, Pot pick-up, Snap

    Product Hardware Specifications

    • 50 control knobs
    • 8 45mm sliders
    • 1 volume knob
    • 1 data encoder knob
    • Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
    • 55 function buttons
    • 2 Animate buttons plus hold button
    • OLED display
    • Kensington Lock
    • Power switch
    • IEC power supply connector
    • USB socket for system (MIDI comms only, no bus power)
    • MIDI In / Out / Thru
    • 2 1/4" jack sockets for continuous or switched pedals
    • 1 3.5mm jack socket for CV in
    • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs
    • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right auxiliary outputs
    • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right inputs
    • 1/4" jack socket for headphone output
    • Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks
    • Metal magnetic inset end pieces

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