Novation UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer

Novation UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer

Novation UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer

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Product Highlights

  • 37 Full Sized Keys
  • Based on SuperNova II
  • Singe Part with up to 300 Sounds
  • 18 Voices, 14 Filters, 36 Wavetables
  • Touch-Sense Controls
  • Software Editing
  • Built-in Vocoder
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Novation UltraNova overview

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The Novation UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer is a 37-key, monotimbral (1 part) wave table synthesizer, designed to provide a wide range of programming and sounds for electronic music production, and performances. The lightweight and compact UltraNova features a sound engine that is based on the SuperNova II; Novation's coveted work-horse rackmount synth. DJs, producers and musicians are provided with a powerful synth engine and set of controls that include Novation's Touch-Sense controls, for manipulating any parameter the controls are routed to. A built-in vocoder and microphone are also featured.

Brand New Nova-Series Synth Engine Based on Supernova II:

Single part with up to 18 voices, 14 filter types, 36 wavetables, 5 effect slots
Patch Browse enables you to browse 300 sounds by type & genre

Touch-Sense Controls Enable Totally New Sound-Shaping & Performance:

Trigger envelopes/LFOs/filters/FX by just touching the encoders
Large rotary control instantly allows you fine control of any parameter

Totally Gig-Ready with 37 Full Sized Keys, a Vocoder, and Loads of Controls:

Voice optimized 12 band vocoder with gooseneck mic
High quality key bed with aftertouch for expressive playing styles

Software Plug-in Editor and Patch Librarian for Full Visual Editing:

Plug-in editor allows you to view and edit in with software
Software Patch Librarian a organize, store and share unlimited patches

Built-in 2 in 4 out USB Audio Interface and Bus Powered:

UltraNova can be used to stream audio to and from a host computer
Stereo main (analogue & SPDIF) and aux outputs, and MIDI in/out/thru ports
UPC: 815301000112
In the Box
Novation UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer
  • Gooseneck Microphone
  • DC Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Automap PRO Unlock Code
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Novation UltraNova specs

    Keyboard 37 Full Sized Keys
    Polyphony Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
    Multitimbral Mono-Timbral (1 Part)
    Synthesis Method Based on Supernova II
    Waveforms include:
    • Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations.
    • 20x digital waveforms
    • 36x wavetables
    Effects • 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
    •12 band vocoder
    • Arpeggiator - 33 patterns
    • Chord function - lock up to 10 notes
    • Patch storage up to 512 on hardware (ships with 300 factory patches)
    Controllers • 8x detented touch sensitive encoders
    • 1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
    • 1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
    • 2x volume & monitor mix dials
    • 39 LED lit/indicated buttons
    • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
    • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
    • 37 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
    Connections • XLR dynamic mic input
    • 2x ¼" jack inputs
    • 2x ¼" jack outputs
    • 2x ¼" jack aux outputs
    • 1x ¼" jack headphone output
    • SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
    • Expression pedal on ¼" jack input
    • Sustain pedal on ¼" jack input
    • MIDI in/out/thru
    • 12 volt power input
    • USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
    • Kensington Lock port
    Packaging Inforrfyereyytccbbe
    Package Weight 13.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.5 x 14.8 x 6.0"

    Novation UltraNova reviews

    UltraNova Analog Modelling Synthesizer is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamic & Inspirational I've only had a few hours to mess with this board but I have to say I love it. I haven't made it through even a third of the patches without creating a little melody. Sync's right up to Apple Logic Express. The price is great too!!
    Date published: 2011-12-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great sounds but poor pitch bend performance for fast player The usual novation excellent sounds but as a performance synth this is let down by the very slow response from the pitch wheel. I can do my fast Jan Hammer licks when I connect an old EMU xboard 49 midi keyboard to it but when using the built in wheels there is a dreadful lag before the wheel movement is interpreted into an actual pitch change - at a guess many hundreds of milliseconds. This is a serious limitation for fluent players and should be addressed in future products if it cannot be solved with firmware updates. If you just play slow no pro...blem.
    Date published: 2016-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really ties the room together. I purchased this piece of gear so that i'd be able to control my Dave Smith Tetra and use my laptop for performance (in addition to having a convenient portable stand-alone synth). success on all fronts. my only complaint is that the Ultranova doesn't have MIDI soft Thru. if it did, i'd be able to fully utilize all the functions of my keyboard rig without my laptop. if the MIDI functionality were better i'd have given 5 stars.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Synth! I am in a band and use the Ultranova to play live and record. It is actually really easy to get started and the menus are easy to navigate. I also have a seperate MIDI keyboard and I'm able to run the sound straight into the Ultranova allowing me to only need one channel for all my equipment. It is well built, beautiful looking, and the sound is very powerful.
    Date published: 2012-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Little Synth.. I have been playing Keyboard for years now, and finally decided to add asynth to my gear list to expand the possibiities for Sound cfreation / editing. Let me tell you something this synth has a lot of twinking options and very solid Analog type of sound engine, so far very happy with it.
    Date published: 2013-01-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing- noise, not music! Maybe it's me, but this instrument seems only to be a sound-effects and synth module, not a standard music keyboard? Interesting sounds, but unable to play standard tunes, just synth, perhaps hip-hop. Requires independent drum/rhythm module/drum machine. Most impressive video clips I've seen of this instrument are making use of multiple synths, drum machines, rhythm modules. 2 Stars for synth value. Unusable for standard music play.
    Date published: 2015-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Synth!! This is a great all-in-one synth. I use it as an audio interface, controller, and of course as a synth. It works great within Ableton Live and controls any third party plugin well with automap. I would recommend this to anyone trying to get an audio interface and controller. You can make some real cool sounds with the vocoder running it through the synth and then through a third party plugin.
    Date published: 2012-09-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Synth / One Major Flaw My UltraNova review would be rated at 5 Stars, if not for my particular application, need, and style of playing. If you have no plans to use the Pitch Wheel for precise, real-time, live performance, pitch-bending leads, or harmonizing (with guitar) leads, you can skip this review, and trust that the dozens of other 4 and 5 Star reviews for the UltraNova (all over the Internet) are quite accurate. This review is going to cover the ONLY thing that NO other reviewers have addressed, or are aware of. Not even Novation was aware of this issue until I addressed it to them. And that issue is, the real-time performance and operation of the Pitch Wheel. I purchased the UltraNova specifically for 2 reasons. (1) Because it has full sized Pitch and Mod Wheels, rather than a Joystick controller. And (2) for playing precise 'guitar-type' (multiple pitch-bending) leads on stage and in the studio. In my 40 plus years of playing synthesizers, playing leads and covering guitar parts (on keyboards), I would have never imagined that a production synthesizer would be sold with such a major design flaw. A flaw that wouldn't effect the majority of keyboard / synthesizer players, but a flaw that renders the UltraNova useless for my intended purpose. Of every synth I've ever owned or played that has a Pitch Wheel or Joystick, they've all had instantaneous reaction to movement of the pitch controller. The UltraNova Pitch Wheel will bend notes up & down, but NOT in real time! Unbelievably, there is a very noticeable latency (delay) between the Pitch Wheel movement and the sound output of the UltraNova, no matter what patch you use. When I brought this to the attention of Novation, they told me that was the first they've ever heard of such an issue. The service tech said he'd look into it and call me back. Three hours later, he called me back and said, You're absolutely right! Then he went on to say that it was brought to the attention of the design team and would be taken into consideration for future releases of the UltraNova. If your style or technique of playing a synthesizer leans towards Jan Hammer or Jordan Rudess, this synth is not for you. The UltraNova is a beautiful instrument with a multitude of totally astonishing sounds! Unfortunately, the MAIN reason I purchased it, is the ONLY thing it's incapable of. Real-time performance of the Pitch Wheel.
    Date published: 2013-02-28
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