Novation UltraNova 37-Key Synthesizer

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UltraNova is the new generation of Novation’s iconic ‘Nova’ range of synthesizers. It packs the massive ‘Nova’ sound into a compact body with a built-in vocoder.

The "Nova" family was born in 1998 with the Supernova, which was the first of  a series of powerful synthesisers. These quickly became industry standard "big-synths"which are still used by countless artists and sound designers. UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.

UltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

UltraNova has a 12 band vocoder and ships with a dynamic gooseneck microphone. In addition to putting your voice through the vocoder (via the microphone) you can also process other sounds by putting instruments - or pretty much anything - into UltraNova's stereo line inputs on the back panel.

UltraNova also ships with a patch librarian that can be hosted on Mac or PC. This enables the user to save an unlimited number patches to the host computer and organise them into folders. Each of the 300 patches that ship with UltraNova have been tagged to make it easy to search by category and genre from the hardware synth or the software patch librarian.

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-able 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 organise, store and share unlimited patches

Built-in 2 in 4 out USB audio interface and it can be 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

Specifications:

Synth engine:
  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
  • Mono-Timbral

Per patch:
  • 3x oscillators
  • 1x noise generator
  • 2x ring modulators

Waveforms include:
  • Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations.
  • 20x digital waveforms
  • 36x wavetables

5 Effects slots per patch:
  • 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)

USB audio interface:
  • 2 in, 4 out soundcard
  • 44.1 / 48kHz at 16 or 24 bit to host
  • 44.1 / 48kHz at 16 bit from host (if you select 24 bit from host, audiodata is limited by the driver to 16 bit playback)
  • Dynamic range : - 98dB
  • Input 1 - balanced XLR & balanced TRS 1/4"jack
  • Input 2 - balanced TRS 1/4" jack only

Hardware:
  • 144 character LCD
  • 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
  • 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

Things You Will Get:

  • Keyboard
  • Goosneck Mic
  • User Guide
Synthesizer Format Keyboard
Series Nova
Other Features SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
Model ULTRANOVA
Sound Engine Type Digital Analog-Modelling
Number of Keys 37
Polyphony 18-Note
USB Yes
Weight 7.93 lbs.
Dimensions 5.98 x 14.72 x 28.54 inches (HxWxL)

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Novation UltraNova:

    Amazing! if you are trying to decide between gaia venom and ultranova. ultranova is the clear winner i owned all at onepoint. i looove this thing. u will be up for days. easy to program. almost all the pre made patches are useable.. i write my own however. buy it and u will not be dissatisfied!

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    The Manufacturer warranty covers 12 month parts and labor from the date of purchase.

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