Novation MiniNova is a compact, super-cool studio and live synth with the same sound engine as its big brother, Novation 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 effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.
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 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 minikey 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.
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.
Classic and brand new vocal effects
MiniNova takes vocal effects one step further. In addition to 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, i.e., effects or vocoder.
Choose your sound — and get more for free!
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 which include plenty of vintage synth sounds. They can be downloaded free from Novation's website.
Editing software included
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so Novation created a software application that gives you visual access to the synth engine. 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 doing.
|Built In Speakers||No|
|Included From Manufacturer||
Software: MiniNova Software Editor, MiniNova Patch Librarian, Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station softsynth, Loopmasters sample pack (1 GB)
|Number of Keys||37|
|Key Size||Mini Keys|
|Midi||In, Out, and USB|
|Product Unique Features||
12 band vocoder w/ VocalTune
Powered via AC power supply or USB
Includes software editor and librarian
|Audio File Playback||No|
|Onboard Controllers|| Pitch wheel (LED lit)
Modulation wheel (LED lit)
(4) Edit/Performance pots
(1) Large Filter pot
(8) Animate/Arpeggiator/Favorite Patch-select buttons
|Effects||5 effects slots per patch|
|Audio Inputs|| (1) XLR - Mic
(1) 1/4" - External In
|Audio Outputs|| (2) 1/4" - Left, Right
(1) 1/4" Headphone
|Key Action||Mini-synth with velocity|
|Oscillators per Voice||3|
|Product Weight||5.55 lbs|
|Programs/Presets||256 Preset / 128 User|
|USB Port (to Host)||MIDI;System Updates;Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager|
|Voices of Polyphony||18|
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