Novation Peak 8-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

Novation Peak 8-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

Novation Peak 8-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • Digital/Analog Hybrid Synthesizer
  • 8-Voice Polyphony
  • 512 Memory Patches, 256 Factory Presets
  • 5 Voice Modes and 3 x Oxford Oscillators
  • State-Variable OTA Filter per Voice
  • 2 x LFO, Ring Mod, Noise, 3 x Envelopes
  • Modulation Matrix: 16 Slots
  • Arpeggiator
  • Analog Distortion, Chorus, Reverb, Delay
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite 9 + Samples
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  • 1Description

The Novation Peak is an 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer based on the Novation Bass Station II analog monosynth; it is well suited for musicians, sound designers, and synthesizer enthusiasts. The instrument features analog-sounding NCOs (numerically controlled oscillators), which include 3 new Oxford oscillators per voice, as well as a flexible digital domain with 17 digital wavetables. The instrument also features a multi-mode, analog state-variable OTA filter with high-pass, band-pass, and low-pass selections with 12/24 dB slopes. Peak's sound engine is rounded out by the true analog distortion and digital effects including chorus, delay, and reverb.

At the heart of the synthesizer lies the high-powered processor component called a field programmable gate array (FPGA), which far surpasses traditional DSP chips. Each of Peak's eight voices has an independent oversampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC). These DACs are oversampling at over 24 MHz (24 million times per second), using a simple RC (resistor-capacitor) filter on their output in the analog domain. Peak's ability to generate waveforms at the oversampling frequency (up to 512 times the traditional rate) ensures that Peak's waveforms are pure at all frequencies and free from digital artifacts, no matter how aggressively the pitch is modulated.

The front panel of the synthesizer provides a variety of controllers for 1:1 control over most of its parameters. There are 42 control knobs, 8 sliders, 2 data encoders, 46 total function buttons, 2 Animate buttons, 90 indicator LEDS, and a crisp OLED display. What's more, most of the control knobs, switches, and sliders transmit continuous controller data for recording and playing back automation from your sequencer of choice.

The rear panel offers a 1/4" headphone output, stereo (left & right) 1/4" outputs, two 1/4" pedal inputs, and an 1/8" CV modulation input for incorporating modular synthesizers. Additionally, the instrument features MIDI In, Out, and Thru via standard 5-pin DIN connectors. The on-board USB port is class compliant and transmits system and MIDI data. Peak ships with a 12 VDC power supply, USB cable, and a download card for Ableton Live Lite 9 and Loopmasters sample content.

Key Features
  • FPGA-based numerically controlled oscillators (NCOs) running at 24 MHz generate waveforms indistinguishable from those produced by analog oscillators
  • Eight-voice polyphony
  • Three multi-waveform oscillators per voice
  • Waveform shaping on all waveform types
  • Analog signal path (filters, distortions, VCA)
  • Traditional, dedicated-function rotary controls
  • LP/BP/HP filter with variable slope, resonance, overdrive, and modulation options
  • Two independent LFO sections
  • Separate Amp and Mod envelope sections with ADSR fader controls
  • Ring modulator inputs (Osc 1 and 2)
  • Versatile arpeggiator with wide range of patterns
  • Glide (portamento) with dedicated time control
  • Pre-loaded with 256 brand new patches
  • Memory for 256 additional user patches
  • Two Animate buttons for adding spot effects in live performance
  • Powerful effects including distortion, delay, chorus, and reverb
  • Class-compliant USB port (no drivers required), patch dump, and MIDI
  • OLED display for patch selection and parameter adjustment
  • External DC input (for supplied AC PSU)
  • External CV input for integration with other analog equipment
  • Headphone output
  • Supports any two pedals (sustain or expression)
  • Kensington security slot
  • Optional stand available
Synth Engine
  • Structure
    • 8-note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
    • Mono-timbral
    • 5 voice modes (Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2)
  • Per voice
    • 3 oscillators
    • 1 noise generator
    • 1 ring modulator
    • 2 LFOs
    • 1 Amp envelope and 2 Mod envelopes
    • 1 filter
  • Waveforms include sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
  • Filter
    • 1 x state-variable OTA filter per voice
    • 12/24 dB slope
    • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass
    • Pre-filter overdrive
    • Post-filter distortion
  • Modulation
    •     16 modulation slots per patch
    •     Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination
  • 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
  • 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
  • Effects
    • Analog distortion
    • Chorus - 3 types
    • Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo
    • Reverb - 3 types
  • Miscellaneous
    • Arpeggiator w/ key latch – 33 patterns
    • Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
    • Glide
    • All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping
UPC: 815301000761
In the Box
Novation Peak 8-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer
  • 4.9' (1.5m) USB Type-A to Type-B Cable
  • DC Power Supply
  • Download Card for Ableton Live Lite 9 and Loopmasters Sample Content
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Hardware
    Connectors Headphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Outputs (Left & Right): 2 x 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Pedal 1: 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    Pedal 2: 1/4" / 6.35 mm
    MIDI In, Out, & Thru: 3 x 5-pin DIN
    USB: Type-B
    Power: 12 VDC connector (center pin positive)
    Controls 42 x control knobs
    8 x 1.4" / 35.0 mm sliders
    1 x volume knob
    2 x data encoders
    1 x rubberized knob caps with spun metal discs
    30 x function buttons (not lit)
    16 x function buttons (lit)
    2 x Animate buttons plus hold button
    Indicator LEDs 90 x indicator LEDs
    Display OLED display
    Security Kensington security slot
    USB USB socket for system / MIDI communication only (no bus-power)
    Sound Generator
    Synthesizer Structure 8-note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
    Mono-timbral
    5 Voice Modes: Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, and Poly2

     
    Voice Specifications 3 x oscillators
    1 x noise generator
    1 x ring modulator
    2 x  LFOs
    1 x Amp envelope and 2 Mod envelopes
    1 x Filter

     
    Filter 1 x state-variable OTA filter per voice
    12/24 dB slope
    Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass
    Pre-filter overdrive
    Post-filter distortion

     
    Modulation 16 x modulation slots per patch
    Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination
    Effects Analog distortion
    Chorus: 3 x types
    Delay: 16 x types of delay sync, LP & HP damping, slew, and stereo
    Reverb: 3 x types

     
    Arpeggiator Arpeggiator with key latch
    33 x patterns
    Patch Memory Patch Storage: Up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
    Portamento Glide: Yes
    MIDI Data All knobs (excluding volume), sliders, and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI CC commands for external control and mapping
    Software
    Software Compatibility Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
    Peak is a USB-MIDI, class-compliant device
    Physical
    Material of Construction Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks
    Metal magnetic inset end pieces
    Power Maximum Power Consumption: 12 VDC, 1 A
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 9.2 x 18.3 x 2.8" / 233.0 x 464.0 x 71.1 mm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.95 x 12.1 x 5.0"
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