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Novation's stylish, compact and highly affordable XioSynth 25 offers a staggering amount of classic and cutting edge sounds, many from internationally acclaimed artists, along with its X-Gator patch p... Click To Read More About This Product

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Novation's stylish, compact and highly affordable XioSynth 25 offers a staggering amount of classic and cutting edge sounds, many from internationally acclaimed artists, along with its X-Gator patch programmer and optional filter distortion. It has everything required for producing music on the move through its audio interfacing and MIDI control capabilities.

Novation-class synthesizer with updated features
The XioSynth features a mono-timbral Novation synth engine with 8-voice polyphony. In addition to 3 oscillators (17 waveforms each), 1 Filter (varying types), 2 LFOs (32 waveforms each), an arpeggiator and multi-effects board, this subtractive synth also boasts some brand new facilities such as the X-Gator patch programmer. The X-Gator can be made to gate each patch to create unique 16-32 step rhythmic patterns for every onboard sound, all automatically synchronised to MIDI clock from a sequencer; just press and hold one key to groove along to a track with style.

Novation sound
The XioSynth features 200 hard-hitting onboard patches, utilizing a new optional filter distortion to produce an even greater range of sounds than on previous synths; from the distinctive clean British sound to the filthiest and grittiest of sonic characters. Furthermore, 60 of the onboard sounds come from internationally acclaimed artists and producers from a variety of musical genres, namely James Zabiela, Ferry Corsten, Rennie Pilgrem, Roots Manuva, Shimon, and Skeewiff. As such, every one of the patches on the XioSynth is eminently and instantly usable for creating synthesized music of any kind.

High quality audio interface
The XioSynth includes an ultra-low latency two-in/two-out audio interface for high-quality recording and playback. This allows you to record a microphone with phantom power as well as simultaneously stream the onboard synth audio directly to the sequencer via the USB cable. You can also plug a guitar straight into the XioSynth for DI recording while also recording via microphone.

Flexible MIDI controller for software or hardware
In addition to synthesizing and audio/MIDI interfacing, the keyboard is also a comprehensive control surface with 11 knobs and buttons (doubled to 22 by a Group A/B switch), plus a freely assignable touchpad and joystick. All of these controls are pre-programmed in 16 onboard Templates, so that the XioSynth can instantly control many software applications straight out the box. Add to this many more Templates online, a free Template Editor software application and hybrid modes for simultaneous synthesizing and MIDI controlling, and you have an extremely versatile package for producing or performing.

Highly Portable
Simply connecting the keyboard over USB is all that's required to start recording, synthesizing and MIDI controlling. As the device is class compliant, no drivers are required for Windows XP or Mac OSX (although some are provided to improve latency and stability in some apps). Furthermore, if wanting to excape the confines of the studio for a while, the USB cable can be unplugged and the XioSynth can be powered by batteries, functioning as a standalone synth completely separately from the computer.

  • Synthesizer
  • One part, 8-voice polyphonic
  • 3 Oscillators, 17 Waveforms
  • 2 LFOs, 32 Waveforms
  • Multimode resonant filter section with various filter options
  • Extensive modulation capabilities
  • Arpeggiator with latch
  • X-GATOR with latch
  • Direct streaming of synth into computer via USB
  • Keyboard
  • Keys: 25
  • Type: Semi-weighted
  • Velocity curves: 7
  • Pitch and mod wheel mechanism
  • Pitch wheel lever: Rubberised - centre return spring loaded left to right motion
  • Mod/control lever: Rubberised - spring loaded front to back motion
  • X/Y touchpad
  • Touchpad: 1 x touch sensitive 45x60mm
  • Parameters: 2 assignable in X direction
  • 2 assignable in Y direction
  • LCD display
  • LCD: 2 x 16 character silver
  • Blue LED backlit
  • MIDI interfacing
  • MIDI: 1 MIDI Out
  • USB MIDI: 1 In/1 Out
  • Audio Interfacing
  • Inputs: 1 XLR (with phantom power)
  • 1 TS Jack
  • Outputs: 2 TS Jack (L/R)
  • 1 stereo Headphones Jack
  • Other interfacing
  • Data ports: 1 x USB 1.1
  • Sustain pedal: 1 x 1/4" Jack Input
  • Controls
  • Rotary potentiometers: 11, 0-270 rotation
  • Rotary encoders: 1, 360 continuous DATA wheel
  • Buttons: 11 function switches
  • Group B switch
  • General operation: 4 Mode and Menu select buttons
  • Keyboard Octave Up and Down buttons
  • Synth Menus/Audio mode select button
  • Effect Select buttons (Synth Mode)
  • Template/Bank/Page Up/Down buttons
  • Line/Phones Volume pots
  • General
  • Battery operation: 6 x standard 'AA' Size
  • External power supply: Standard 'centre positive' 9V DC 600mA (Novation PSU6)
  • Size (25): 468 x 68 x 190 (mm) w x h x d
  • Weight: 3.12 .lb / 1.4kg
  • System requirements
  • Operating system: Mac OSX 10.2.4 or greater or Windows XP
  • Computer spec: Apple G3/400 GHz or Pentium 600 MHz or better
  • Interfacing: USB 1.1 compatible USB connector
  • Templates
  • (16 preset onboard, more available on Novation website)
  • 1. Apple ” Logic 7
  • 2. Steinberg ” Cubase SX3
  • 3. Ableton ” Live 5
  • 4. Cakewalk ” Sonar
  • 5. Native Instruments - Absynth 3
  • 6. Native Instruments - B4
  • 7. Native Instruments - FM7
  • 8. Native Instruments - Pro53
  • 9. Gmedia - Oddity
  • 10. Novation V-Station
  • 11. Novation Bass Station
  • 12. reFX ” Vanguard
  • 13. Linplug ” Albino 2
  • 14. Gmedia - Minimonsta
  • 15. Spectrasonics - Atmosphere & Trilogy
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: 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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Incredible, after you figure it out.

By zaK

from Orlando

Comments about Novation XioSynth 25:

This synth is great. With the presets it is a tabletop synth you can definitley just sit down and play. However once you figure out the programming, this synth is just incredible. The things you can do with this synth are limitless. I have had this synth for a year now, and I love it. I would recommend it to beginners, but I dont want to limit anyone to the presets. It takes a little time to figure it out, but after that it is just great.

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A Great Beginner Synth

By David

from Hamilton, ON

Comments about Novation XioSynth 25:

I've had this synthesizer for about 6 months now and so far it's been great. When I first tested it out I was a bit on the fence whether I wanted to buy it or not because of some of the dance presets on it. But I went out on a limb and bought it anyways. I haven't regretted it since. It's great for almost any music style. Although, I haven't quite grasped the whole MIDI controller part of it yet, it's great just as a stand alone synth.

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