Novation

Description

Built on the innovative foundations of Novation’s critically acclaimed Peak, Summit is a three-oscillator-per-voice, 16-voice keyboard synth aimed at the professional or semi-professional musician seeking an inspiring, empowering instrument for use both live and in the studio. In fact, Summit effectively puts the power of two Peaks at your fingertips, enabling two completely independent patches to be split or layered across the keyboard, or switched between on the fly.

It also expands on Peak’s layout, with many "hidden" controls and functions made accessible on the front panel—FM routing, LFOs 3 and 4, all arpeggiator parameters and more—plus the addition of pitch and mod wheels. Summit also features numerous new filter options, and an audio input for processing external sources with its reverb, chorus and delay effects.

At the heart of Summit are three digital New Oxford Oscillators per voice, hosted on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip. As well as generating authentic analog-style waveforms at incredibly high resolution, this also facilitates FM and wavetable synthesis for the design of rich, complex and highly textural raw tones. Each voice feeds into a true stereo signal path comprising dual analog filters, three stages of analog distortion and analogue VCAs; while a wealth of modulation assignment options and three colorful effects bring movement, life and polish to your patches.

Free to use with Novation Summit and Peak synths, the Wavetable Editor unleashes the power of the wavetable oscillators, allowing you to design your own waveforms and expand your creative potential. The Editor, which is part of the Novation Components browser-based platform, features drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so you can draw your own oscillator shapes and preview them in real time. The audio import feature lets you load in your own audio to be used as the oscillator waveform. Built into the Wavetable Editor is a curated selection of space-themed audio from the NASA sound library. Also included is exclusive wavetable content from production giants Noisia, who have created a preset pack to stir your creativity. The Wavetable Editor is free to use—just connect your Peak or Summit to your computer via USB and head to the Novation Components page in a compatible browser like Google Chrome.

Firmware Update 2.0

In Novation’s biggest update for Peak, firmware update v2.0 brings in essential improvements and a multitude of features across stereo controls, modulation, unpredictability, and effects, that give you powerful tools to shape your sound.

Stereo
New spread modes, panning per voice, and panning in the mod matrix give additional control and allows for sound design in the stereo field. Now you can create bigger, wider and more intricately textured soundscapes.

Modulation and unpredictability
Create deeper and more experimental sounds with new mod destinations, noise as a mod source, and additional LFO 3 and 4 parameters. Animate Envelopes and Arpeggiator Chance open more creative performance possibilities.

Effects
New effects, including Chorus Modes, Flanger and Phlanger add new tonalities. Additional effects modulation destinations open up more experimental sound design. A new Lo-Fi delay mode enables a more vintage style sound.

Bug Fixes
The firmware update v2.0 includes a number of bug fixes. The full details can be found in the release notes.
Features
  • Peak architecture taken to the next level, with 16 voices, expanded front panel controls, new filter options, a five-octave keyboard and more
  • Multitimbral engine for splitting, stacking and switching between two simultaneous patches
  • Digital FPGA-generated New Oxford Oscillators for analogue-style, wavetable and FM synthesis
  • Dual analog filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analog distortion per voice
  • Process each part or an external audio signal with reverb, chorus and delay effects, and create riffs and melodic lines with a variety of arp modes, adjustable gate time and preset patterns
  • Compatible with the free Novation Wavetable Editor
Specifications
Synth Engine
  • 16-note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
  • 2-part-timbral
  • Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes
  • 5 Voice Modes - Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2
  • Per Voice
  • 3 oscillators
  • 1 noise generator with HP filter control
  • 1 ring modulator
  • 2 LFOs
  • 1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)
  • 1 filter
  • Waveforms Include
  • Sine, tri, sawtooth, square/pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
Filter
  • 1 state variable OTA filter per voice
  • 12/24dB slope
  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)
  • dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP
  • Pre-filter overdrive
  • Post-filter distortion
  • Modulation
  • 16 modulation slots per patch
  • 2 sources per destination per slot
  • Mod Sources
  • Direct (depth)
  • Modulation wheel
  • Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)
  • Expression pedal 1
  • Expression pedal 2
  • Keyboard velocity
  • LFO1 positive
  • LFO1 bi-polar
  • LFO2 positive
  • LFO2 bi-polar
  • Amp envelope
  • Mod envelope 1
  • Mod envelope 2
  • Animate 1
  • Animate 2
  • CV mod input bi-polar
  • Bend Up
  • Bend Down
  • Mod Destinations
  • Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level
  • Noise source level
  • Ring modulator output level
  • Overall synth output level
  • Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance
  • LFO 1 and 2 frequency
  • Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release
  • FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1
  • Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency
  • Noise -> filter cutoff frequency
Effects
  • FX are per part
  • Analogue distortion
  • 3 chorus types
  • Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo
  • FX Mod Matrix Source
  • Direct (depth)
  • Mod wheel
  • Aftertouch
  • Expression pedal 1
  • Expression/breath pedal 2
  • Velocity
  • Keyboard
  • LFO 1 +/-
  • LFO 2 +/-
  • LFO 3 +/-
  • LFO 4 +/-
  • Amp envelope
  • Mod envelope 1 & 2
  • Animate 1 & 2
  • CV +/-
  • Bendwheel +/-
  • Bend up
  • Bend down
  • FX Mod Matrix Destinations
  • Distortion level
  • Chorus level
  • Chorus rate
  • Chorus depth
  • Chorus feedback
  • Delay level
  • Delay time
  • Delay feedback
  • Reverb level
  • Reverb time
  • Reverb low pass
  • Reverb high pass
  • Misc.
  • FM controls on front panel
  • Global LFO 3 & 4
  • Arpeggiator with key latch – 33 patterns
  • Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
  • All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping
  • Microtuning with Scala table import and table tuning creation
  • Manual mode
  • Multi pot mode: Relative, Pot pick-up, Snap
Product Hardware Specifications
  • 50 control knobs
  • 8 45 mm sliders
  • 1 volume knob
  • 1 data encoder knob
  • Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
  • 55 function buttons
  • 2 Animate buttons plus hold button
  • OLED display
  • Kensington Lock
  • Power switch
  • IEC power supply connector
  • USB socket for system (MIDI comms only, no bus power)
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for continuous or switched pedals
  • 1 3.5 mm jack socket for CV in
  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs
  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right auxiliary outputs
  • 2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right inputs
  • 1/4" jack socket for headphone output
  • Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks
  • Metal magnetic inset end pieces
Warranty

All Novation products are built to the highest standards and are designed to provide many years of reliable performance. In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident during the warranty period, Novation will ensure that the product is repaired or replaced free of charge. The warranty for any product purchased on or after the 1st January 2018 is a period of 36 months from the date of original purchase. The warranty period for products purchased on or prior to the 31st December 2017 is 24 months from the date of original purchase.

A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product as described and published by Novation. A Manufacturing Defect does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage, or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

While this warranty is provided by Novation, it is fulfilled by Novation’s distribution partner in the country in which you purchased the product. To contact Novation's local distribution partner regarding a warranty issue, use this URL: https://stockists.novationmusic.com/stores/distributors/ ; they will advise you of the appropriate procedure for resolving the warranty issue. Note that many of the products returned under warranty are found not to exhibit any hardware fault at all. In the case of operational interruption, it’s worth checking other factors such as cables, drivers, software settings, and the like, prior to returning your hardware. Contact Novation support here first: https://support.novationmusic.com/hc/en-gb , if you experience technical issues.

In every case, you will need to provide a copy of the original invoice or store receipt to Novation’s local distribution partner. In the event that you are unable to provide proof of purchase, you should request a copy of your receipt from the reseller from whom you purchased the product. If you purchase a Novation product outside your normal country of residence, our distribution partner in your normal country of residence will not be able to honor this limited warranty, although you may request an out-of-warranty chargeable repair.

This limited warranty is offered solely to products purchased from an Authorized Novation Reseller. This Warranty is in addition to your statutory rights in the country of purchase.