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Novation UltraNova Synthesizer

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UltraNova is an analogue-modelling synthesizer designed for everyone: from first-time synth purchasers to keyboard addicts. Carrying the Nova name, UltraNova is the next generation of Novation's iconic synth family, which brought you the SuperNova and SuperNova II. It has a 37-note Fatar keybed, illuminated pitch and modulation wheels, eight assignable touch-sensitive rotary encoders, a 144-character LCD, and a large knob for fine control of parameters. Under the hood, UltraNova's arpeggiator, vocoder and USB audio interface make it useful for today's music makers, and bus powering lets you put it at the centre of your stage or studio rig.

UltraNova is a Nova series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

The 'Nova' family was born in 1998with the Supernova, which was the first of  a series of powerful synthesisers. These quickly became industry standard 'big-synths' which are still used by countless artists and sound designers.

UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.

VocoderUltraNova has a 12 band vocoder and comes 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.

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

The Patch LibrarianUltraNova also comes 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 organise 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.


Synth engine
Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)

Per patch:
3x oscillators
1x noise generator
2x ring modulators

Waveforms include:
Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations.
20x digital waveforms

36x wavetables


2x filters per patch
low pass no resonance 6dB per octave
low pass 12dB
low pass 18dB
low pass 24dB
band pass 6:6
band pass 6:12
band pass 12:6
band pass 6:18
band pass 18:6
band pass 12:12
high pass no resonance 6dB per octave
high pass 12dB
high pass 18dB
high pass 24dB

Sources: 20 modulation slots per patch 6x envelope generators
3x LFOs.
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
12 band vocoder
Arpeggiator - 33 patterns
Chord function - lock up to 10 notes
Patch storage up to 512 on hardware (comes with 300 factory patches)

Hardware 144 character LCD
8x detented touch sensitive encoders
1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
2x 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 microphone input
2x 1/4" jack inputs
2x 1/4" jack outputs
2x 1/4" jack aux outputs
1x 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


Novation warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.