MiniNova is a compact, super-cool studio and live synth with the same sound engine as its big brother; UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs, or totally warp with eight 'animate' buttons. It has up to 18 voices with as many as five synth effects on each sound. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune™ effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.
Small synth, big sounds Don't let its size fool you. MiniNova is the latest in the 'nova' range of synths dating back to the legendary Supernova series. It has the same incredibly powerful sound engine and synth effects as the Novation UltraNova which means it is capable of creating dirty-fat bass synth sounds, soaring leads, lush pads and vintage synth sounds. All this in a 37 mini-key form with a USB port and MIDI i/o so you can hook it up to your laptop and control your music software or connect it to another keyboard or sound module.
Classic & brand-new vocal effects MiniNova takes vocal effects one-step further. As well as a vocoder, it has VocalTune. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard recreating those classic hip hop / urban vocal effects. 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 into which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument and give it the same treatment; effects or vocoder.
Choose your sound - and get more for free MiniNova has 256 onboard sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds by selecting the style of music you're making, or the type of sound you're after whether it's bass synth, 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 include plenty of vintage synth sounds. They can be downloaded free from: novationmusic.com/soundpacks.
The 'Animate' performance mode Switch to 'Animate' mode and press one of the 8 backlit buttons (whilst playing the keyboard) to trigger awesome performance functions
Jam with the Arpeggiator Switch to 'Arpeggiator' mode to jam with arpeggiator rhythms in realtime. The 8 buttons act like an arpeggiator step sequencer so you can switch steps in and out!
Editing software included Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so we've created a software application that 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 easier to see what you are doing.
The Synth Engine and effects MiniNova has an enormously powerful sound engine and synth effects, unheard of in a micro 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 sound including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.
Instant editing and performance control The 'Perform' section enables you to access the synth and effects engines by switching between 6 positions to assign 4 knobs, giving you instant access to 24 sound-bending parameters.
Novation Mini-Nova Key Features
Hugely powerful micro synth with UltraNova’s sound engine MiniNova has Novation's signature Nova-series synth-engine onboard, capable of creating and editing massive sounds with up to 18 voices and powerful effects
Brand new VocalTune™ and classic vocoder effects The VocalTune function can recreate iconic urban and hip hop vocal sounds, as well as classic house and techno voice effects with the onboard vocoder
Live synth: tweak and warp your sounds in realtime 8 animate buttons enable you to warp and twist sounds in realtime alongside a dedicated filter knob, 4 further editing knobs and oversized pitch and modulation wheels
256 awesome onboard sounds - instantly searchable Instantly find the sound you need by type or musical genre, from bass to pad, hip hop to house. Save and store another 128 of your own sounds too
Layer up to 5 effects per voice MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's own gator 'stutter' effect
Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian A free software editor allows full editing of the synth and effects, the Patch Librarian enables storage of as many of your own sounds - or the free soundpacks - as you want
Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder, VocalTune and effects There is a line input into which you can plug a guitar, bass or any other instrument which can then be routed through the effects engine or the vocal effects
Free soundpacks including vintage synth and bass synth sounds Download free soundpacks for MiniNova and UltraNova which have been created by eminent artists and sound designers including Chuckie, Daniel Fisher and more...
37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O MiniNova is also a great compact desktop keyboard for triggering software instruments. It has physical MIDI i/o ports for triggering other external sound modules - or connecting to a larger keyboard
Novation Mini-nova Synth
In the Box USB cable Power supply User manual
Included Software MiniNova Software Editor iniNova Patch Librarian Ableton Live Lite Novation Bass Station softsynth Loopmasters sample pack (1GB)
Synth engine Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing) Mono-Timbral
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
Filter types 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
Modulation sources: 20 modulation slots per patch 6x envelope generators 3x 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 Gator EQ
Misc VocalTune 12 band vocoder Arpeggiator – 33 patterns Realtime Arp rhythm editing function Chord function – lock up to 10 notes Patch storage - up to 384 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
Utility, display and patch select controls 16 character custom LCD 1x large detented patch select encoder 1x patch sort switch 1x volume dial 1x detented data encoder 5x navigation/utility buttons 2x patch navigation buttons
Keyboard/performance controls Pitch wheel (LED lit) Modulation wheel (LED lit) 37 note keyboard with velocity 4x smooth edit/performance pots 1x large smooth filter pot 1x six position parameter selector switch 6x parameter indicator LEDs 8x three-colour, back-lit animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch-select buttons 2x animate/arpeggiate LED indicators 1x back-lit 'hold' button 1x animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch toggle switch 1x 'favourite' patch select button 1x arpeggiator tempo control pot 1x arpeggiator tempo indicator LED 2x back-lit arpeggiator control encoders 2x back-lit octave select buttons
Inputs, Outputs, rear panel XLR dynamic mic input 1x ¼” jack inputs 2x ¼” jack outputs 1x ¼” jack headphone output Sustain pedal on ¼” jack input MIDI in/out 12 volt power input USB/DC/off power switch USB port (MiniNova can be powered via USB) Kensington Lock port