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MiniNova is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible performance controls which enable you to tweak and warp the onboard sounds, and your own voice. It has the same synth-engine as it's big brother ... Click To Read More About This Product

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MiniNova is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible performance controls which enable you to tweak and warp the onboard sounds, and your own voice. It has the same synth-engine as it's big brother - the UltraNova - and comes with 256 awesome sounds so you can get started straight away. If you want to dig deeper, it's got a fully editable Nova-class synth engine (derived from the legendary Supernova series in the 1990s).

Is MiniNova for you?
MiniNova's compact size, massive sound and performance/editing controls make it perfect for producers, gigging musicians and anyone creating music with computers - it can also be a 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O. The voice-tune and vocoder enable you to recreate classic vocal effects, as well as brand new voice-bending possibilities!

Choose your sound
MiniNova has 256 onboard sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds by selecting the type of music you're making, or the type of sound you're after whether it's bass, 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. These can be downloaded free from: novationmusic.com/soundpacks

Tweak, warp and arpeggiate your sound
MiniNova can do things other synths can't. It has knobs which allow you to tweak and edit the sounds, but it can also 'animate' sound with 8 back-lit buttons. These trigger 'mods' in the synth engine that can warp sound in incredible ways as you play. There is also a large knob for filter cutoff so you can get instant control of the filter whatever else you are doing. MiniNova has an arpeggiator with 33 patterns. You can use the 8 buttons to jam with these patterns, creating totally new sequences in realtime.

Classic & brand-new vocal effects
MiniNova takes vocal effects one step further. As well as a vocoder, it has voice-tune - or the 'Cher' effect. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard. 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 which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument and give it the same treatment; effects or vocoder.

The synth engine & effects
MiniNova has an enormously powerful synth engine, unheard of in such a compact 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 voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.

Editing software included
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so we've created a software application gives you visual access to the synth engine. The 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 more simple to see what you are doing.

Features
  • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova's sound engine
  • Brand new voice-tune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
  • 256 awesome onboards sounds - instantly searchable
  • Layer up to 5 effects per voice
  • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
  • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder and effects
  • 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
Specifications
  • Sound Engine Type(s): Modeling
    Number of Keys: 37
    Type of Keys: Mini
    Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
    Polyphony: 18 Notes
    Number of Presets: 256
    Expansion: No Expansion
    Number of Effects: 7
    Effects Types: Distortion, reverb, compression, EQ, chorus/phase, delay, Gator
    Arpeggiator: Yes
    Sampling: No
    Audio Playback: No Audio Playback
    USB: USB
    Number of Audio Inputs: 2
    Audio Input Types: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
    Number of Audio Outputs: 3
    Audio Output Types: 2 x TS, 1 x Headphone
    Number of Digital Inputs: No digital inputs
    Digital Input Types: No digital inputs
    Number of Digital Outputs: No digital outputs
    Digital Output Types: No digital outputs
    MIDI I/O: In/Out (Din)
    Pedal Inputs: 1 x Sustain
    Height: 2.95"
    Width: 23.2"
    Depth: 9.06"
    Weight: 6lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Warranty Statement
All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Novation undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Novation product, please contact Novation at: mickg@novationmusic.com and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Novation Reseller from which you purchased the product or the Novation Distributor in your country of residence or business. If you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Novation Distributor.
This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Novation in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Novation. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact us for general advice.


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NovationMiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Responsive / good action (7)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (10)
  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Concerts (4)
  • Learning (4)
  • MIDI (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I wanted!

I am a profesional bassist who was looking to expand my sound and have a good synth for playing synth bass. I also wanted something to experiment with creating electronic music. This was exactly...Read complete review

I am a profesional bassist who was looking to expand my sound and have a good synth for playing synth bass. I also wanted something to experiment with creating electronic music. This was exactly what I wanted!
In addition to the 256 presets, it has 127 blank initialized slots for you to save your own synth voices, made from scratch or editing the presets. The animate pads are a blast to play with and you can program them yourself. One pad can execute multiple changes to the sound with the push of a button!
The 5 performance knobs are easy to use. The selector switch next to 4 of them selects which parameters they affect. Two rows are customizable (8 parameters total) so that you can decide what they "tweak". Like the microkorg, you can access any charachteristic of the syth. You have to use the LCD screen and menu keys to access certain things, but it really simplifies the performance knob section.
Only downsides I see compared to Microkorg are not being batery opperated (so?), Mininova is monotiberal while Microkorg uses 2 timbers (which seems to more than even out when you consider the polyphony Mininova=18 Microkorg=4). Mininova is strictly Stereo outputs (L&R channels or Stereo Headphone) which screwed me up in my application, but was easily fixed with an adaptor. In every other way, the Mininova seems to blow the Microkorg out of the water. More oscilators, LFOs, filters, etc. Well worth the extra $100, or less if you have a coupon!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Abit difficult to sound design with but sounds good otherwis

The synth sounds good, many of the presents built in sound good and editing live isn't too difficult.
However, the main trouble is building up sounds from scratch, if you don't...Read complete review

The synth sounds good, many of the presents built in sound good and editing live isn't too difficult.
However, the main trouble is building up sounds from scratch, if you don't have a computer or are not using the usb interface, it is extremely difficult to sound design because advanced features such as switching waveforms in oscillators, editing the custom knobs, and effects are all tucked away in multiple menus that are a pain to navigate through, If you run through a computer however, with the Novation editor in a daw, the process is easier and quicker. Other than that, the synth sounds great and is fairly affordable. I love the sequencing pads and easy access to presets / favorites settings, this makes switching between sounds mid-song fairly quick. Not a huge fan of the mini-keys but portability comes at a cost so I am not to complain.
Overall a nice synth to use live or in the studio

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5.0

Amazing value

By Chris

from Seattle

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dynamic sound
  • Easy to Use
  • Great variety of sounds
  • Portable
  • Pre-programmed music
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

    The MiniNova is an incredible value. High-quality sound, very programmable under the hood, excellent variety - and the animation and arpeggiator are awesome to add a dynamic sound. Highly, highly recommended. Great build for the price point, too.

     
    5.0

    Lotta Bang for Your Buck!

    By Al

    from Albany, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

      I originally was attracted to the Korg MicroKorg but with a little research on the web, I ultimately decided to go with the MiniNova.
      Let me preface this by saying that I have respect for Korg and I will not bash them to hype the MiniNova.
      The fact of the matter for me was that when I compared the stats of each, I found myself gravitating toward the MiniNova.
      Maybe for some, the Korg may fill their needs a little better, but for me, I was attracted to the 18 note polyphony of the MiniNova, more vocoder patches, more options with the arpeggiator, the fact that I can use ANY dynamic xlr type microphone for the vocoder, flawless connectivity with my computer and easy software to archive any of the info - including patches and parameters, 256 factory presets and 128 slots for your own creations (Korg has 128 total program slots, including their factory presets), and many other features.
      My ONLY concern before getting the MiniNova were the sounds compared to Korg's legendary synthesizer sounds. Even with those concerns in mind, I decided to get the MiniNova because ultimately, the other differences were VERY important to me. However, when I got the MiniNova, my concerns were quickly put to rest. The factory sounds of the Korg may be a preference to some (and if you are looking for that Korg sound, then maybe you do not want to compromise that), HOWEVER, the MiniNova's sounds are GORGEOUS! Not only are the sounds just wonderful, but there is NO parameter out of your reach if you want to tweek the sound down to your precise liking.
      In conclusion, for the price (same price as the Korg's), it is my opinion that you get more from the MiniNova than the Korg.
      For this type of synthesizer, I would recommend it time and time again!

       
      3.0

      Abit difficult to sound design with but sounds good otherwis

      By Nico

      from Conneticut

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Sounds good

      Cons

      • Difficult to design synth sounds

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI

      Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

      The synth sounds good, many of the presents built in sound good and editing live isn't too difficult.
      However, the main trouble is building up sounds from scratch, if you don't have a computer or are not using the usb interface, it is extremely difficult to sound design because advanced features such as switching waveforms in oscillators, editing the custom knobs, and effects are all tucked away in multiple menus that are a pain to navigate through, If you run through a computer however, with the Novation editor in a daw, the process is easier and quicker. Other than that, the synth sounds great and is fairly affordable. I love the sequencing pads and easy access to presets / favorites settings, this makes switching between sounds mid-song fairly quick. Not a huge fan of the mini-keys but portability comes at a cost so I am not to complain.
      Overall a nice synth to use live or in the studio

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome little synth!

      By Dave

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

        This is a very cool little synth. Amazing sound, easy to use and very powerful for the price.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredibly Powerful

        By Melvin loves his MiniNova!!

        from usa

        Pros

        • Build Quality
        • Easy to Use
        • Massive Sound
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music

          Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

          I have waited a while to review this synth, because I wanted to get more experience with it first. Let me tell you this right now: I am absolutely in love with this synthesizer, and couldn't be anymore ecstatic to own it. I will try to keep this short, though there is so much to say.

          First of all, it's almost impossible not to bring up the microkorg to compare with the MiniNova. Same price, same basic concept. That's where the similarities end. The MiniNova is so much more powerful than the microkorg, and all it takes is a comparative look at the specs. The MN gives you 256 patches + 128 user, the MK gives you a total of 128. You get 3 oscillators on the MN, 2 on the MK... The list goes on. I will tell you what ultimately made me go with the MiniNova over the microkorg, specs aside -- and by the way, the MN CAN get emulate analog synths as well as the MK.

          The MiniNova looks WAY better; I never get tired of looking at it. I love the big, fat dedicated filter knob as well. The performance possibilities. Sounds are more modern. The onboard effects (which are editable). I could go on naming every reason, but there's more to discuss.

          Along with getting an absolutely amazing synth, you get a very comprehensive, and informative manual. Don't know much about synthesis? There's a tutorial of the basics in the manual. With Novation, you get the absolute best customer service. If you need help with sound designing, understanding the synth better, any question or thought that may arise, all you have to do is send them an email, and they respond within 2-3 business days. Novation is the only synth brand I own (Novation, Arturia, Korg) who has responded to my inquiries.

          If you watch videos of the MiniNova, some people claim that editing it is a pain when doing so directly on the synth (not using the software patch editor). It may be a little time consuming, but in no way is it difficult.

          This is an amazing synth, and I highly doubt you will regret buying it, so do it!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love at First Sight

          By Dyl

          from Arkansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Pre-sets
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

          • No Speakers
          • No Touch Sensitive Keys

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Travel

          Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

          This keyboard is absolutely gorgeous. It sounds and plays amazing. I'm just afraid I'll break it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Killer board!

          By Roy Albenson

          from Central PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

            Love this thing. I have two Nord E3s. One for piano and one for organ. Neither could cut it for pads, leafs or anything even remotely synth sounding. I've owned the microkirg XL and this board is WAY BETTER. The factory sounds are killer, the workflow is super logical and it's pretty easy to use without being an expert in synthesizers. Very fun to play!

            (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            be careful of novation's website demo

            By knewandused

            from myrtle beach

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

            i bought this after seeing a demo on novation's website. it demoed the auto-tune function. after getting it i find out that the sound used for the demo was actually overdubbed: the auto-tune function is monophonic not poly. Other problem was it not being poly-timbral: keyboard can't be split or sounds combined in any way.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Real ultimate power

            By scott trowbridge

            from Takoma Park, MD

            Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

            I was really torn between this and the big brother ultra nova. They sound the same as far as I can tell, but while the mini has these mini keys which I don't like, the ultra's performance controls are not as friendly. The sound quality is on par with any of the virtual analog synths I've tested in the last few years and a good bit better than the ones from 5 6 years ago imho. 3 oscillator, plus a few noise options. The real brains though is the 20 slot modulation matrix, the different routing for filters and effects. Now you can, it seems, edit just about anything without the software but it is much easier with it. It runs a little slow for me in Reaper, which is strange, even massive plugins like BFD dont give me trouble on my desktop. But it runs fine in Savihost. Testing this at the store I was thinking that the performance pads ("animate" pads), that double as arp slots, would assign to a parameter. Cool. But getting this home, you can actually assign multiple parameters to each pad and determine the depth of each. You can get into all kinds of wacky territory. Or use them for subtle on the fly duties. For example, I made a nice organ sound (the wave tables give some good emulations actually) and basically set up one pad for 'solos' I had it boost the mix volume of the osc, add some distortion, and up the reverb. Overall it is great and I'll enjoy it for years I'm sure. I wish it had full sized keys for my gorilla hands. I dont see the point of the giant Type knob, anyone but a child is going to program their own patches and put them in logical order. Hence, 4 stars.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Powerful Synth

            By musicstudent14

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Learning

              Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

              I've been playing keyboards for years, but this is the first synth I've owned. I've been doing quite a bit of reading and experimenting to learn how synthesizers work, and this one if fully featured. I haven't run into anything I've wanted to try that this synth can't do.

              You could get a lot of the same sounds out of a software synth, but there's something strangely fulfilling about being able to tweak sounds live using physical knobs and buttons. This also makes it easier and more impressive to play live. There is editing software that saves you from having to go menu diving for your settings. (The menus are designed well, it's just easier to see it all on the computer screen at once.)

              The software is a plugin for a DAW, not a standalone application. I've been using it with Garageband via USB, and setup was easy. Since the Mininova does not have an audio interface, sound is not transferred to my Mac through USB. External speakers are still required.

              I considered buying a MicroKorg or MicroKorg XL instead of this, but I am happy I went with the Mininova. It hasn't disappointed.

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