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MiniNova is a compact, super-cool studio and live
synth with the same sound engine as its big
brother; UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible
onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs,
or totally warp with eight 'animate' buttons. It
has up to 18 voices with as many as five synth
effects on each sound.
MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune%u2122 effect as
well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate
iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and
Small synth, big sounds
Don't let its size fool you. MiniNova is the
latest in the 'nova' range of synths dating back
to the legendary Supernova series. It has the same
incredibly powerful sound engine and synth effects
as the Novation UltraNova which means it is
capable of creating dirty-fat bass synth sounds,
soaring leads, lush pads and vintage synth sounds.
All this in a 37 mini-key form with a USB port and
MIDI i/o so you can hook it up to your laptop and
control your music software or connect it to
another keyboard or sound module.
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 into which you can plug a guitar
or any other instrument and give it the same
treatment; effects or vocoder.
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 style of music
you're making, or the type of sound you're after
whether it's bass synth, 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
include plenty of vintage synth sounds.
The 'Animate' performance mode
Switch to 'Animate' mode and press one of the 8
backlit buttons (whilst playing the keyboard) to
trigger awesome performance functions
Jam with the Arpeggiator
Switch to 'Arpeggiator' mode to jam with
arpeggiator rhythms in realtime. The 8 buttons
act like an arpeggiator step sequencer so you can
switch steps in and out!
Editing software included
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be
overwhelming, so we've created a software
application that 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 easier to see what you are
The Synth Engine and effects
MiniNova has an enormously powerful sound engine
and synth effects, unheard of in a micro 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 lowpass 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 sound including
distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay,
compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.
Instant editing and performance control
The 'Perform' section enables you to access the
synth and effects engines by switching between 6
positions to assign 4 knobs, giving you instant
access to 24 sound-bending parameters.