Nova Desktop


Main Details
Maker Novation Company
Form Factor Desktop
Signal Path Digital Hardware
Date Produced 1999-
Notes Novation’s Nova was released in 1999, and essentially repackaged the Supernova into a desktop performance module based around the same synthesiser engine. Again using ASM to create its analogue-like sounds, the 12-note polyphonic Nova featured three independent oscillators, a variable noise source, and a pair of ring modulators for each voice. Six multitimbral parts were provided with individual audio outputs, and there were two external inputs and a 40-band vocoder on board. A mixer section allowed all these sources to be combined to produce exceptionally fat and complex tones and timbres. 42 simultaneous effects were provided in addition, along with a sophisticated arpeggiator providing 384 mono, poly and user patterns, with arpeggiated and sustained sounds being able to be played simultaneously. And of course, Nova featured a full MIDI implementation.

Polyphony - 12 voices (expandable to 24, 36 and 48)
Oscillators - 3 osc per voice (saw and variable pulse width) plus noise
LFO - 2 LFOs: saw, tri square sample/hold
Filter - Resonant Low-pass, Hi-pass, band-pass; 12, 18 and 24 dB/Oct slopes and overdrive
Envelopes - 1 ADSR for the amp, 2 DADSRs
Effects - Distortion, comb filtering, EQ, reverb, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, panning, 40-band vocoder
Keyboard - Keyboard model: 49 or 61 notes
Memory - 256 programs, 128 performances
Control - MIDI (6 parts)
Date Produced - 1999


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