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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. A new "Touch" performance system places d... Read More

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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. A new "Touch" performance system places deep control of the synth right at your fingertips - incredible new ways to play, create and perform are just a touch away. UltraNova is a single-part synth with features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor, and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

Find your sound-instantly
UltraNova comes with 300 onboard sounds that you can select by type (bass, lead, pad, etc) and musical genre (hip hop, rock, house, etc), so performers and gigging musicians can get started straight away. If you need to find a bass sound for a hip-hop track quickly, select "bass" under "type", and "hip-hop" under "category," and you're ready to go! If you want to tweak the patch you can quickly change the character of the sound with 8 encoders. For more detailed control, there's a large encoder. It also comes with a software patch librarian, which allows you to search for and sort patches by type and genre. Along with the 300 sounds that come with UltraNova, there's space for another 200 of your own patches onboard the hardware.

The Software Editor
UltraNova has a powerful software editor that enables visual editing of all parameters. It can be used within DAWs as a plug-in editor.

The synth engine
With 300 onboard patches you can play and perform with UltraNova right out of the box. But it also has a powerful synth engine derived from a classic big-synth: the Supernova II. UltraNova also has a 12-band vocoder and ships with a dynamic gooseneck microphone. UltraNova is easy to program, since each part of the synth is accessed by a button that brings up all the parameters. Creating huge new sounds is what UltraNova does best: along with 14 conventional waveforms and 36 wavetables, you have a total of 5 effects slots for each sound! UltraNova's density and density-detune function enables you to fatten-up your patches, and the modulation capacity is enormous. The software editor enables detailed visual editing of UltraNova on your Mac or PC.

Vocoder
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.

Animate - Touch-sense performance

Shaping and exploring sounds with encoders and buttons is a massive part of being creative with synths. UltraNova has evolved the idea of hands-on sound shaping, allowing you to get deeper and more creative physical control of the synth engine. By pressing Touch in the Animate section, you engage a mode that triggers envelopes and sound-shaping destinations by simply touching any of the touch-sensitive encoders. These destinations could be oscillator pitch, sync, hardness, filter distortion, cutoff, resonance, effects parameters, send levels - to name but a few. (By pressing Tweak you can switch back to conventional rotary control and assign 8 of your most frequently used parameters to the encoders for instant access).

This allows you to access parameters that may otherwise buried deep in the synth's architecture, creating totally new performance options. You can assign these however wish to any of UltraNova's 8 touch sensitive encoders, and you can touch more than one at a time.

USB-Audio Interface
UltraNova has a built in USB-Audio interface which enables you to get sound in and out of your computer in the studio or on the move. There are 2 inputs and 4 separate outputs, which can be routed however you wish. For example you can route audio to an external FX processor, a second pair of monitors or a hard disk recorder. It can also come in useful on stage if for example you need to route backing tracks from your laptop to the main mix separately from the synth, or send a click to the drummer.

UltraNova also has a SPDIF output so you can get digital recordings of UltraNova straight into your DAW. The back panel also contains MIDI in/out/thru ports to connect external MIDI equipment.

You can get control of your plug-in instruments and effects with Novation's Automap software. This converts UltraNova's 8 rotary encoders into software controllers, a large "Speed Dial' encoder gives you instant control over any software parameter that your mouse/cursor is over.

The Patch Librarian
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 organize 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.

Features
  • 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 and genre
  • Touch-sense controls enable totally new sound-shaping and 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 organize, 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 (analog and SPDIF) and aux outputs, and MIDI in/out/thru ports
Specifications
  • Synth engine:
    Up to 18-note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
    Mono-Timbral

    Per patch:
    3 oscillators
    Noise generator
    2 ring modulators

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

    Filter types:
    2 filters per patch
    low-pass no resonance 6dB per octave
    low-pass 12dB
    low-pass 18dB
    low-pass 24dB
    bandpass 6:6
    bandpass 6:12
    bandpass 12:6
    bandpass 6:18
    bandpass 18:6
    bandpass 12:12
    high-pass, no resonance 6dB per octave
    high-pass 12dB
    high-pass 18dB
    high-pass 24dB

    Sources:
    20 modulation slots per patch
    6 envelope generators
    3 LFOs.
    Aftertouch
    Velocity
    Key scaling/track
    Mod wheel
    Expression pedal

    Total of 66 Destinations including:
    Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, level and sync
    Filter cutoff, resonance, envelope settings
    Effects parameters and send levels
    Recursive modulation (modulating modulation sources themselves)

    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
    Gate
    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)

    Hardware:
    44-character LCD
    detented touch sensitive encoders
    1 large, smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
    1 large patch select/speed dial encoder
    2 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
    2 - 1/4" jack inputs
    2 - 1/4" jack outputs
    2 - 1/4" jack aux outputs
    1 - 1/4" jack headphone output
    SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
    Expression pedal on 1/4"jack input
    Sustain pedal on 1/4" jack input
    MIDI in/out/thru
    12-volt power input
    USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
    Kensington Lock port
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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NovationUltraNova Synthesizer
 
3.8

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4.0

Yes, I would recommend it.

By Rick

from New York

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI

    Comments about Novation UltraNova Synthesizer:

    I bought this used from Guitar Center and have to say I am very pleased. As I have said I am a beginner so it is going to take me awhile before I can say more. When you can get a used product in such excellent condition? Oh hell yes! Thank all at Guitar Center and Happy Holidays!

    (14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
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    Great Synth / One Major Flaw

    By John Grigsby

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Novation UltraNova Synthesizer:

    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By ross halverson

    from MN

    Comments about Novation UltraNova Synthesizer:

    This is sex in a box! everything i ever could have wanted and more.. bought it and my girlfriend had to drag me away for meals and sleep.. shes a bit jealous of it. worth every penny. easy to use editing no labor intensive menu diving very easy to edit and save tweaks from premade patches. and the factory patches are alost all usable and fun to play! i would pay 2x what i did for this board. i just wana add if you are one of the people trying to decide between Venom Gaia and this as i was this is clearly the winner and the last of the three i bought this time no return needed thank you very much! lastly i think i should add that the editor software is not stand alone. you have to have a DAW program to use it. thats the only think that was to me a bit misleading.. BUY and Enjoy kids!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Next Big Synth

    By Samuel A

    from Seattle, WA

    Comments about Novation UltraNova Synthesizer:

    THis thing is epic. The will become a new standard in the synth world for is price point. Get it! You won't sleep for two days you will be so busy playing.

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