Novation MiniNova 37-Key Compact Performance Synthesizer

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  • Novation	MiniNova	 37-Key Compact Performance Synthesizer

Novation's MiniNova is a powerful but compact synthesizer that features never-seen-before features, including push-button Animate controls and their VocalTune voice effect.

As the latest in the Nova range of synths, with over 15 years of family heritage and decades of design experience, MiniNova is built around the same synth engine as Novation's flagship, UltraNova.

MiniNova 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 it's big brother - the UltraNova - and comes with 256 awesome sounds so you can get started straight away.  If you want to dig deeper, it's got a fully editable Nova-class synth engine (derived from the legendary Supernova series in the 1990s).

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!

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:

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

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

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 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.


Novation MiniNova Includes:


  • MiniNova Synthesizer
  • USB Cable (1.8m)
  • Contents delivery including:
    • Software Editor
    • Librarian
    • Xcite+ Pack including
    • Ableton Live Lite
    • Bass Station 64 Bit
    • Loopmasters sample content
    • Microphone
    • Full Printed User Manual
    • Warranty Registration Card
    • Power Supply 9VDC 500mA


Novation MiniNova Features:


  • Powerful mini-synth with UltraNova's sound engine
  • Brand new VocalTune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
  • 256 awesome onboard sounds - instantly searchable
  • Up to 18 voices available
  • Layer up to 5 effects per voice
  • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
  • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder and effects
  • 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O


Novation MiniNova Specifications:


  • 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, Triangle, 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
    • Aftertouch
    • Velocity
    • Key scaling/track
    • Mod wheel
    • Expression pedal 
  • Total of 66 Destinations including:
    • Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, leveland 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 
  • Miscellaneous:
    • VocalTune
    • 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) 
  • Hardware:
    • 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-litanimate/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" jack inputs
      • 2x 1/4" jack outputs
      • 1x 1/4" jack headphone output
      • Sustain pedal on 1/4" 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 
  • Minimum System Requirements:
    • Software download includes driver for advanced functionality
    • Mac - OSX 10.7 Lion or 10.6.8 Snow Leopard (32 and 64bit)
    • Windows - Windows 7 (64 & 32 bit), Windows XP SP3 (32 bit only) 
  • Dimensions (LxHxD): 22.04" x 2.95" x 9.84" (560 x 75 x 250 mm) 
  • Weight: 5.55 lbs (2.52 kg)