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Novation SUPERNOVA

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Novation SUPERNOVA



Category:  Products / synth / modelling poly

Added: 13-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: 1300  |   S/H price: ??

Novation SUPERNOVA

Right..... Here it is at last, the SUPERNOVA mega analog modelling synth from Novation, and it's great to see a made in Britain synth as wicked as this released....

I was goinna wait until the quality EPS images arrived, but ... sod it.. I decided to stay at the office (it's now 11.45 at night !!)..and get this baby posted so you can all get a good look

I knew about this synth spec wise for a while now, and was asked to NOT post any details, but it's time to let it out, and all I can do, is give you the specs, and a piccie, however, suffice to say..... THIS IS A MONSTER..... and leaves all the others gasping for breath to catch up.....anyhow...here's the Novation blurb:

  • Synthesis system: Analog Sound Modelling
  • 16 voice (16 note poly expandable to 32 voices)
  • 3 oscillators, 2 ring modulators and a noise generator - Per voice !!!
  • 8 part multi
  • 12,18,24 dB per octave res' filters configurable as either Low pass, High pass, and Band pass
  • Filters also features filter overdrive control
  • 2 LFO's capable of oscillating at audio rates
  • 6 FX available for each multi-part. That's 48 FX in total
  • Fx : Real analog distortion, delay & chorus/flanger/phaser, + reverb, Eq & panning
  • 8 assignable polyphonic outs with 24 bit DAC's for every output
  • 512 programmes in 4 banks (expandable to 1024 prog's with 8 banks)
  • 256 performances in 2 banks (expandable to 512 performances in 8 banks)
  • 386 presets arpeggiator - polyphonic/monophonic and user programable polyphonic & monophonic patterns.
  • 8 arpeggiators available at once in performance mode - one for each multi-part
  • All knobs, switches, & parameters transmit controllers and NRPN's
  • Built in power supply
  • Midi In - Out - Thru
  • 3U rackmount


So..... what a killer unit huh ??... bet that's makin a few competitors sweat !!.... The 2 LFO's can be clocked to midi or to internal clock... even at different time signatures... This allows for some pretty wild stuff like spookily moving sounds.... If you use the LFO's with the arpeggiataor running as well, then you can clock the arpeggiator/s to either internal or external clock on different midi channels if you like, and at different time signatures !!.... then there's all the output options, and 8...yes 8 seperate multi-FX units.... Bloody hell !!!..... this really is the nuts !..... I can't even begin to imagine hwat stuff I could get up to with this unit... But I think it's fair to say, that this unit hails in a whole new era for the new breed of analog modelling synths, cos a unit like this ..... well, it's basicall 8 analog synths if you like...... with 8 polyphonic outs.... massive.....

Obviously, it will have it's own character, so even a monster like this can have some other kit added to compliment so that you get different characters to your sound.... but as a unit to build a total system around, it leaves the rest of the pack floundering.... and with all the FX and wicked choice of filter types and settings, it should be capable of anything.....

Above was my intro page... below if comments i posted to the chat area as i discovered the synth....

Bloody hell... just been going thru the presets..... jesus H etc.... not only does it have all those mega fat low down thuniking RnB/swing basslines sounds, but FM too !!.... and get this... it does like the Tine Piano sounds you get in top sample synths like the JV & Kurzweil... but... listen to the harmonic overtones !!!.... phew !... you can hear them whispering away.... this synth is absolutely mental... and I REALLY GENUINELY am not saying that cos they gave it to me.... for a start the delay isnt long enuff as far as i can tell for some things, the reverb aint top end but is ok... so there's 2... but... bloody hell... i have NEVER seen something so easy to tweak & edit... no matter WHAT section you are in, if you reach for another section it auto switches to display the level you are tweaking... finished?.... IT REMEBERS WHERE YOU WERE WHEN YOU GO BACK, AND IT'S ALL THERE LIGHTNING BLOODY FAST...... i was withing seconds creating triangles... then morphing them into blips... then into booming kik drums,,, then into old analog style sound generator syndrum sounds...... the filers let you create endles hi-hat tones etc.... suddenly it morphs into a squelching sound... overdrive, switch filter q, and peiircing thin analog line.... push up the distortion..... squeeeel..... very easy to create... I went thru about 25 TOTALY different sounds from the weirdest 303 type stuff, to sound fx & drums, percussion sounds etc in about 4 minutes, with out even goinmg near the oscillators,... that was simply messing with one preset... filters , eq comb filters, & fx & VCA envelope only.... this thing is totally amazing !!..... what a phenomenal range of sounds.... and REALLY LOW BASS.... and REALLY screaming leads, pads, strings, all your classic FM pianoi's, brasses, organs, keys etc etc..... bloody hell....



there's another 4 banks of 127 sets to check out yet..... i only got as far as one and got enthralled with the ease of the editing... OK... maybe I'm outa date here... the last recent kit I have is the Kurzweil in terms of editing stuff with complexity... but this is like something I've never experienced before... I cant belive it is so bloody fast and simple... I aint looked at the manual once !!... also... Phil MacDonald's years of programming manufacturers sets (Wavestation, Prophesy etc ) REALLY shows in the sounds..... heh heh.. names are great too..... there is one called CHEEZY SPICE !!.. HA HA... but those Tine Pianos were totally unexpected i can tell you... lush enuff for a Witney Houston album !!... er.... if y'get my drift... but with all these harmonic overtones I've not heard before...




17-Aug-98
If i had more time, I'd do an RA file of it...(maybe later)... but i've got a little track going round I knocked up on the supernova last night while trying out the -Multitimbrel mode- last night... I grabbed the manual.... thinking ok... here we go.. better get this sorted..... er..... read it once.... "Oh right!!"... that was it!!...... again very simple.... just stick it in programme..... selct a proggie.... re-name it (if required).... and hit one of the 8 part buttons..... choose a sound... hit midi..... select channel.... set level with ...er... Level knob...... but there is some very interesting things...

I grabbed a kik drum sound..... set it to channel/part 2...... and started to tweak.... well, of course, went thru a massive repetoir of different kik drums from the hardest-core gabba to thudding 909 siounding analog and every weird and wonderful thing in between.... and joy-of-fucking-JOYS!!!.... as you tweak a sound in the multi-mode whilst listening to it in a sequence.... it saves the edit when you save the multi-programme !..... oh yes....... that was great..... I got an amazing hi-hat going here too again a tweak edit of a thinner hat... it's a big hat sound... and you can manipulate it just right to sit in the mix decay and tone wise.... couldnt get a good thick hard snare of the type i wanted.. so far..... so i used a drum box snare in the mix.... and that is it... the rest is coming from the nova.. anyways... it's a kik drum paradise this .... and again..... when editing the multisets... its simple... and if you go to edit a sound as you edit the multi... y'know..... grab preset... it starts playing on that channel... "..hmmm..... maybe if i just..."....... and it goes right to edit with no other steps... jst reach to the edit buttons, and it goes there.... yet rememebrs where you are in the multi-set-up mode.... so if you reach for that side... it's still there... and you can skip happily between the two areas...... and fx... the comb filters are pretty awesome for shaping the sound i must say..... so... there ya go..... and you can drop stuff in and out of the mix as it plays with the 8 buttons.... and it's nice cos it shows you the pattern each one is playing as a flashing illuminated part button led... it pulses in the rhythm of the channel it is playing... easy to see which is which in alot of cases.... nice touch, and it saved alot of pratting about to be able to see it like that so clearly......it's a killer kik drum really..... it breathes in and out as it kiks.... but it has masses of punch ....very clean clear sound... excellent .. you can churn out kiks from this thing...




Well, I've played some more with the synth since then, not extensively.... I seem to get a system crash when the arpegiator is clocked to midi... this is rectified with V3 apparently... that was the only thing I found......

Final analysis... aHUGELY versatile synth... lightening fast & I MEAN IT... to edit & prepare multisetups..... Definately at the top of the modelling pile.. and i'd say congratulations to Novation for having achieved this, without a multi-million dollar multi-national backing... despite the potential competition, it shows thru, that the guys involved in the Nova design & sounds actually have studio's and make dance tunes... Top !!













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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

the dogs nutz huh ??.........

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Evan
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Yes! It's about time!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Mark Phillips
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Hope its not as noisy as my drumstation!



Its not ! Well then:-

When will it be here?

Will it be on time?

Can i have one please?

1399

No Problem!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: ben
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Date: 19-Jan-99

THIS is impressive...i think everyone should stop and realize how many really great synths are coming out now days...this one looks to be the pick of the litter,so far...just imagine what the next few years will bring us!

Has anyone actually heard this thing yet?

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Mark D.
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Bloody well alright!

This really has raised the bar. Somthing like this could have been available if everyone didn't go DX-7 crazy back in the mid 80s. This going to extremes thing that unfortunately happens is why it takes this long for something that could have been made long ago.

Now if they could only go further back and work on new innovations in electric keyboards, yes, electric, not just electronic, Rhodes, Clavinet, etc. Since no sampler can truly capture the real thing.

Anyway, here's hoping this can make it to the United States within a reasonable time.

Roland and Nord are pissing in their pants at the thought of this invention.

I too shudder. Even the care and detail to make the A/D converters 24 bit. About time. Next they have to start putting digital outs on them, and make mixers with multiple digital imputs, then if you go direct to DAT or PC/Mac you would loose nothing in the process. Imagine that.

And if all 24 bit? Or dare we say 32? With 96 khz sampling rates for realism beyond comprehension and DVD compatibility, now you have got something. Noise will be a thing of the past. Call me a clean freak. It's not so bad.

Haven't even heard the unit yet and giving it a 5 based upon what it must do well, imagine that?

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: DDJ/Freon
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Weapons of war get tougher as the the dance wages on...I'll just have to grow more fingers.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: rod
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Looks great but for the price of British made gear down under I could get two JP8000s and have money left over.

Okay not as many outputs or FX or multi but the same poly and it does have keys!

But it does look so Wicked nonetheless....if price wasn't a problem

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: nimanda
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Date: 19-Jan-99

whaaaaa.. trance-setters in positions ....novation are playing the game right!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Norton
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Well i think its hard to beat the swedish nordlead2 and nord modular. If not say impossible!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Nathan J Barker
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Shitfuckhowdeydamn!!! Is this real? Roland is dead.

BTW: Your page is D O P E! Keep it up.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Kriton
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Any chance of a keyboard version?

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Caliban Tiresias Darklock
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Keyboard version? Eeeeehhhhh... only got so much

room in the studio, man... and just about every

musician I know who plays synth is mega-anal

about keyboard feel! I mean, I can't stand most

Yamaha keyboards because the keys are so light,

they feel like I'm playing a toy... so I hook 'em

in and MIDI 'em up to some old piece of shite I

got for $30 used, sounds like crap but has a good

keyboard feel to it and I ain't got the bastard

running through the mix anyway... this is the old

master keyboard sitch, you don't buy everything

for sound, you buy a couple things just for feel!

Check out the cheap crap down at your local store,

find yourself a commercial piece of crud that has

good feel but piss-poor sound, and see what you

can get it for... garage sales and pawn shops are

great... but still, you can only have so many KBs

in the room, man! So get them MIDI cables warmed

up, and look for a good thru box ;)

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Sine
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Kilo, your site is quite the shit. The Supernova looks like the cockpit of a T.I.E. fighter. Fucking send me to space, you lucky English-people.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

11/12/97...... proper photos arriving next week.... heh heh.... I will then reveal Novations website....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Spot
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Speaking technically, it looks like the donkeys bollocks!, would be interested to hear one



Marks out of 5 , unknown yet

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: simo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

its the shit allright, but as rod said fuck off! i mean they are still flogging
old stock BassStation KBs for Aust.$995 - and this currency crisis in SE Asia makes exchange rates at 2.7 $ to 1pound. ridiculous - around $4000 i could by a couple of old arp modulars for that!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

don't see how you can slag a synth based on your countries monetary policy.....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Steve Hunt
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Well put that man!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Coyote
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Date: 19-Jan-99

It seems that the release of this beast is lagged for the time being? Any comment on this speculation???

Best Regards,

Coyote

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Base 19
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Date: 19-Jan-99

HOLY SHIT I JUST BLEW MY LOAD ALL OVER!!!!

I"m IN LUV BABY!!!!



DAT IS DA BEST ONE I SEEN YET!!! :-0!!!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: simo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

no i wasn't slagging off at the synth - just the price ... its just for the price i could by a whole lot of classic gear..

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

well..... i dunno about a 'whole load'.....

you'd get a single 303, and depending where you

lived, maybe also a 106, or sh101 also...



..... but er..... have you ever tried to do

tracks with those things......

gets bloody boring after a while.....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: hilliard
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The SuperNova doesn't have an "FM-amount" feature, like the Nord, does it? If not, that's a major bummer to my wishlist.....that's what makes me keep revisiting the Nord as an option.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Sedusa
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Sounds fuckin good!!! Too bad I'm broke...

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Geordy
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Where can I buy this thing in Holland? What does it cost? I want to have it!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: dF
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Somebody lend me a gun so I can shoot that FUCKIN ASSHOLE OF A BOSS of mine for PAYING LATE. Dammit I'm waiting for a full 730 here. Thanks to that fucking dick I still have to wait one or two months beofre I can buy a synth! Damn, I WANT MONEY, this thing rulez, blows away your pants and makes your ears cum. If people are interested in killing my boss, please tell me so... Waste the moron!

Novation rulez pplz...

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Phil
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The demo is KICKIN'!!! I played it loud and saw the

"orange" peel off my Microwave XT! Hmmmm ... orange

AND blue....... my rack will love it!! Gotta have it.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: marcus verwiebe
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Date: 19-Jan-99

i've been very excited after listening to a demo

in the german magazine KEYS (5/98). it sounded to

me like an all-in-one device (except sequencer)

for trance music.

also, i've been very impressed by the "vintage"

sounding drums in that demo, for example, there

was a kick with long (good) reverb in the

beginning.

in a shop they told me later, there were no drums

in the machine (because of no sampling-rom).

so what?

is novation cheating here, or is it done by

"analog modelling" of the (i think) originally

sampled tr909 sounds?

that would be great !!!

marcus

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Martin C.
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Seems like a crazy synth... But I'm not so

sure all of us JP-8000 owners should start crying...

I love my JP, and by the looks of it, this gadget

is gonna cost at a great deal more.

And there is such a thing as overkill! The JP

does everything I want/need it to do, and then some.

For what its worth, I "TRUST" Roland much more than

novation (They've been making synths for close to

30 years now).

I used to have a bassstation keyboard, thing

was a noisy, flimsy plastic thing that resembled

a child's toy.... Seems good, but I wouldn't pay

thant kind of money for an analog synth...

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: David Beckman
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Date: 19-Jan-99

This synth sounds like da' shit, but I think I'd rather get myself a Nord Modular. The editing options on the Modular are unprecidented and unrivaled. You can make up a complex patch from scratch in like a couple minutes. The only big plus for the SuperNova is 8part multitimbral capabilities as apposed to Nords 4part.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Simon
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Whoa!! That demo is kicking. I've got to get myself one of these. Think I'll still get the JP8K though!!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Peter Hageus
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Date: 19-Jan-99

So, whats the catch?

Is there actually DSP-power enough to use 48 fx simultanesly AND 16 voices poly AND arpareggiator?

I'm at work, so I haven't listened to the .ra yet, but what about .mp3? Love to hear it better quality. Well, the specs give it 5/5

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

yes..... that is NOT to be overlooked, and rmemebr this bugger goes up to 32 note friggin poly !!.... with 8 part multi !!.... cos the ablity to have 8 poly outs.....each with 8 seperate dedicated fx units, and 8 dedicated multi-clockable arpegiators is worth half the price alone..... at gigs.... 8 seperate delays if needed.... and distortion, rverb, etc etc.... pretty f'ing good... one of these and a sampler.... you're home and dry for trance... and alot of other stuff....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Mickey
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Hi folks... the first dedicated Supernova Site

is done. We'll also have a mailing list. Check out

http://supernova.home.pages.de - Mickey.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Selfish Grandson
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Date: 19-Jan-99

1 pristine condition grandmother for sale, will cook, clean up and tell you interesting stories about the war. Price CHEAP at 1300 uk pounds. Shit, looks like I'm gonna have to sell my butt.....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Charles Kirk
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Um it looks good and a rather too short session with one in a shop was great. The control and expressiveness of these instruments is wonderful, they beat sample play back any day of the week. The ability to have 8 parts each with its own effects is brilliant. I wonder why no one else has done that, as effects need only a tenth of the processing power of Analog / Physical Modelling. The power of these Analog / Physical Modelling synthesisers seems to be increasing at a phenomenal rate (largely due to the increasing power of the DSP chips, a spin off from the internet revolution).



Now what's wrong with it, well not much but the 8-channel output on ADAT would be nice, then we could have 24-bit digital from when you touch the key to the master with only one cable. Still until someone comes up with a digital mixer with a lot more digital inputs it wouldn't really be much use, it looks like were stuck with analogue connections.



It's now top of my shopping list, particularly as with its extensive midi implementation I can use the real-time controls on my Korg Prophesy to control it.

ith only one cable

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Funkutron
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I'd love to hear from anyone who's spent time with this beast !

How do its sounds compare to that of the JP8K ?

Is it a good allround soundsource ?

The demo shows it can obviously produce killer trance tracks but does it

have atmospheric pads and special FX sounds suitable for Drum 'n' Bass ? ?

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Brian
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Yes! I second the above request. Info on the sounds are few, and we would appreciate a well presented commentary for those of us who are unable to try on firsthand and will be buying through mail order (maybe). Thanks in advance to the kind soul who's going to do the daunting and dangerous task of presenting their subjective opinions to the world at large

!!!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Mark
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I've had the supernova for a couple of days now

and I like it..a lot. The sounds it produces are

very analogue, typically Kraftwerk, JMJ, Vince Clarke

sounding. Warm pads, Solid Basses, Liquid sequences,

good oscillator sync and FX sounds, and yes authentic

303, fantastic when you turn up the distortion. For some good

examples check out www.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/~mickey/NOVA/

who has recorded some MP3 tracks.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Morten - the inquirer
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Great site, Kilo, how do you manage keeping up with

this next to working, playing, relations, etc and

so forth? You HAVE to wonder. Kilo, and anyone

who cares, I need advice. This Supernova-beast is

a floorsweeper - in theory. It sounds, I've heard

several demo's now, very good, spectacular even.

Tempting. Infact I am considering buying it. Only,

I'm not getting any help anywhere. You, beside the

fact that the spec's speak for themselves, have

covered the pro's allright. Good. I want the con's.

Not necessarily the why not's or subjective me

thinks; no, baby, the drawbacks, the flipside of

the medallion. Compared to the competition and/or

what "should have been done". Not easy providing

this, considering your appearent close co-operation

with Novation. E-mail me in private then. Please.



Why? 1.400:-



Marks FOUR. Until I see it walk on water.



Thank you in advance. Much obliged. (980819-23.45CET)

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: jimi
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I got the supernova! I got the nord and virus also...supernova sounds better than both of the them..its the best virtual analogue thing out (sounds real). Thick basses , sharp leads..great for trance and electro-industrial music. awesome..paid $2090 for it. thats it

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: buggo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

well I agree with whoever up there said that you can get a lot of shit for the price of this...yes Kilo you can maybe only get a 303 and a 106, but WHO WANTS A 303? If you're gonna spend that kind of money, then go for the supernova. But for that price, I could get a decent sampler for drums (s20), hardware sequencer (or s/w; i just like hardware better), juno106, basstaion, a few FM modules, and a decent mixer....provided you buy everything s/h...not to say that the supernova doesn't kick ass, i'd LOVE to have one, but I think that those on a limited budget (ME!) can get more bang for the buck. Maybe you get more multitimbrality out of the supernova, but remember it's still like having 8 of the SAME SYNTH...and we all know every synth has its own character, so even though there are lots of modulation possiblities you still will get a sameness quality to a mix...or all of your mixes...on top of which, as bill@plig mentioned in a chat thread, the most fun part of making music is fucking with the mixer stage....adding effects, working out levels, muting and unmuting...not in lots of knobs and cursors...



but maybe this is just me; i like it hands-on but i also get fewer sound capabilities theoretically. however you like it..just look around before buying at all you get get for the price..

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: celtic dream
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Date: 19-Jan-99

well.....fuck yes!!!!!sounds like this things got some rock hard balls to it.....

maybe if the price drops I shall get one!!!!!!

much props novation!!! :)

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: cc71
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Some concerns though. The Supernova should have included

inputs to allow the processing of external signals (just like

the Virus). After comparing the Virus, Nord, and the

BassStation, I kinda feel that the BassStation's analog sound

seem kinda 'gentle'. I'm not sure if it's the way ASM works. Coz

every maker has their formula for analog sound processing, and

I just have this funny feeling the Supernova would not be able to

sound as harsh as the Nord or Virus. And I feel that harsh and rawness

is cool. For that price, I'd honestly go get a Virus with 16 parts

and external signal processing. And I almost forgot, that out there,

there's also the EMU Audity 2000 to consider. Oh well, it's just my 2 cents

worth. I'm considering a Supernova only because it would add some color to

my studio, and it would look very good racked up with the Nord, Virus, and

Microwave all in a row. Cheers to all.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Bernie Worrel
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Actually , i thought this thing sounded rather dull and uninspiring. It sounds like everything else out there but just a little bit better. Not what the Dr. ordered. Sorry, I just find it funny how everyone is cussing over this thing , but it really isnt ALL that. Personally,I could do more with a VL-Tone and a Magical Musical Thing.



Thank You

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Brad
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I've just finished reviewing the thing for a mag here in Australia. Quite frankly i think the sounds are pretty weedy, a Nord or Virus would blow this thing away... I used it for bass on a remix a week or so ago and ended up using my old Bassstation and Oscar instead. And besides, who wants eight parts of physically modelled analogue synth coming out of the same machine. It'd sound like makin' tunes with a full rack of Roland gear. No input to the filter. You'd get more use out of 2 SuperBassStations and a couple of SH101s on the CV outs of the BassStations... cost you less as well... It should be 500 quid

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Rolf Hasler
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I'm going to buy one today. I hope, I'll love it.



Mit lieben Grssen



Rolf, Zurich (Switzerland)

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: amos
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Date: 19-Jan-99

i just got one. kept me up all night. i'm in love.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Demier
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Yeah! the supernova really is what it seems to be!

it blows your mind...sad but true. i haven't been able to think anything else from the moment i first saw and had an opportunity to test one. my dear loved girlfriend left me because of that and wanna know what--i'm not even sad! Supernova is the maintool in my studio! SMASHING BABY!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: ARETOOD2
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Date: 19-Jan-99

THIS ROCKS!WHERE CAN I GET SOME??

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: SwampMan
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Date: 19-Jan-99

The only thing I can say is: I LOVE MY SUPERNOVA.

But as every synth it has its own character of sound. Looking at features it surely are awesome. Its a peace of cake to use and easy to learn. BUY IT!



//SwampMan

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: cutter
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Date: 09-May-99

Hmmmm ... Virus or Supernova? Either way, in Australia we'll get shagged loose on the price. It's not the x-rate, it's the fookin importers and retailers taking us in every orifice ... oops ... that was a bit crude ... anyway, can anyone suggest a good Euro supplier? I seem to remember a German outfit with a really comprehensive range of instruments (not Thomann) ... plain-jane website, but honest pricing. Any suggestions?

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: High Voltage
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Date: 30-Sep-99

It's one son of a god good instrument,..
but 1st i have to rob a bank,...or
Fort Knox

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
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Date: 09-Nov-99

i realy liked the sound of nova(the new 1) i`m from israel and i write tracks too i think i`ll buy this one.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
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Date: 18-Nov-99

Rebirth is total shit i have owned it for about 6 months and it is safe to say that it is totally overHyped I dont think it sounds anything like a 303,well to be honest it does kinda but it definetly is not as close to the real thing as everyone says it is .

just thought i should let all of the people who are starting out know dat dont believe the bullshit go and try everything out first and be wary of what the sales asshole says (they only tell u wat you want to hear) heres a list of what I think is good if u r doing dance or whatever supernova,nord lead,Jp8080,505,Rm1X,CS1x,CS2x,polymorph,raveolution and some more...

fuck akai's and if u ask me forget sampling if u r on a tight budget thanx kilo hippy for a fucken nice site how about CS6X,JP8080 reviews and some more RA please pretty please

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 10-May-00

Hi

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: kilo
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Date: 10-May-00

Just want to say that this site will unfortunately be shutting down very soon. I'm Very Sorry Guys but it's out of my control- I don't really want to get into it but As I said there is nothing I can do bout it i'm afraid....

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: ANDREA
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Date: 04-Feb-01

sorry for a bad english
i have a problem for install the new
sistem 3 beta in my supernova rack
.......is possible ITALIN MANUAL
USE?
please help me!!!!!

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Date: 23-Jan-03

Hey- the new KS-4 and KS5s are out. How do they compare to the Supernova? I can just afford the KS-4, so I hope it gives me sound similar to the Supernova!

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: alex
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Date: 26-Nov-09

hi,,i live in brazil,,,and a need the schematics for supernova ii rack version,,,if anyone out there knows
where i can get a copy, perhaps i can finally get my beloved instruments fixed,,,

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: gary
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Date: 17-Dec-10

This synth really kicks other where is hurts, amazing verstality and sound, just a must have and there's no more to be said. My prob is that where do i send it for repair? I bought a second hand one and it work a treat straight out of the blocks but has developed a desire to turn itelf inside out whenever it wants and i know nothing of the innerds of these things so have no clue as to where to send it for an MOT...please help!!
Gary.

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Product:  Novation - SUPERNOVA
Name: Robin Ainslie-King
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Date: 05-Dec-11

After a decade of comments sadly these gems are no longer made -
Novation only now make one 'true' synth now - the Ultra Nova - but
their MIDI/USB control keyboards are making the right noises too! I
have the SuperNova Mrk I in my studio - it truly is a brilliant
machine (please update the O/S to 4.1 !!!) I too have a Novation KS4
(also v.nice) On auction sites these days you'll pick up a SuperNova I
for as little as 250(ish) for the SuperNova II bung on another 100
or there abouts... for as little as that (& if your in the market for
real hardware & not softsynth junk) you can't go wrong, esp. as some
people are parting 130+ for the Yamaha CS1X/CS2X's synths (& in my opinion they're crap) .... and here is wisdom! remember the old lament
'... if I could go back in time...etc...' be it Star Wars figures,
football cards, analogue synths '...I wish I'd kept hold of...' or
'... wish I'd bought back then & kept...' Novation dear chaps, in the
future I predict the humble SuperNova will exchange hands for
fortunes, and so it should.

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