From left to right: Garry Robson, Gary Numan and Matt Jessup
So, who was there for Gary Numan's recent gig at the O2 Academy Bournemouth? Those who missed out on tickets will be kicking themselves, because Gary absolutely rocked the place, playing plenty of his brilliant new material, as well as dropping a few classics!
How do we know?! Because we were there, with live demos and an unmissable competition!
Novation have just announced that they have released a brand new soundpack for their UltraNova and MiniNova synths, entitled '1992-Today, Iconic Synth Sounds'.
This FREE soundpack gives you a selection of recognisable presets from a number of classic tracks, spanning a variety of genres. Check out some examples in the video below. Can you name all the tracks?
Novation is a company with a rich history of creating game-changing products, from iconic analogue synths, software instruments, digital synths, professional MIDI controllers (and their innovative AutoMap software) and of course the hugely popular Launchpad. If you've got a few spare minutes then we highly recommend that you grab a cuppa and check out the mini-documentary below, which details the company's history.
Along with the video, Novation have released a FREE 1GB sample pack comprising of loops, single hits, multi sampled patches and drum kits from a selection of iconic Novation synthesisers - CLICK HERE to download it. Plus, Novation are also giving you the chance to win your choice of a Bass Station II, UltraNova or MiniNova synth. Read on for full details...
Novation recently spoke to Keith Harris, a multi-instrumentalist who tours with acts such as will.i.am, Backstreet Boys and Cee Lo Green in the capacity of Musical Director. In this short interview, he explains how the Launchkey 25 and Launchpad play a major role in the show, in combination with a computer running Ableton software.
However, it's not just the stage where Keith relies on Novation; his studio also features SL MkII and Impulse controller keyboards and a MiniNova synthesiser.
Zev and Gadi, better known as Wolf + Lamb are producers, who make music, perform and throw parties as part of the Crew Love collective. The group often come together at The Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn, New York, to work on collaborative projects and in this interview, Zev and Gadi talk about what they love about the new Novation Bass Station II analogue synth, Novation MiniNova analogue-modelling synth and Novation SL MkII controller keyboard.
PillowTalk are a three-piece electronic band from San Francisco, who fuse together elements of R&B, soul, funk and underground house and techno to create their own unique style. Although still a relatively new act, PillowTalk are already gaining a reputation as putting on a great live show, and in this interview, they talk to Novation about how they incorporate an Impulse 61 controller keyboard and MiniNova and UltraNova synths into their set-up.
Novation have recently released their second FREE SuperNova soundpack for UltraNova and MiniNova synthesisers. This second Soundpack adds another 64 sounds to your instrument, which replicate the characteristics of Novation's classic SuperNova synthesiser. Each of these presets were created by sound designer Phil Macdonald, who was on the original SuperNova team.
If you want to add some classic vintage presets to your MiniNova or UltraNova then CLICK HERE to listen to some examples and download them! Don't forget to check out the Vol. 1 soundpack too, as well as the other free packs that are available to download.
We just stumbled across this video showing electronic artist Hot Sugar playing around with Novation's MiniNova synth in some fairly unusual ways! Whilst there are much better videos out there that demonstrate the features and sounds of the MiniNova (click here to view ours), Hot Sugar's video did make us laugh! Enjoy!
Teddy Riley... there's only one word to describe him: 'legend'! If you're a fan of R&B groups Guy and Blackstreet, then Teddy was responsible for forming them! If you like Michael Jackson then Teddy co-produced and co-engineered his Dangerous album. There's a lot more that Teddy has worked on to boot and so when Focusrite Novation heard that he was a huge fan of their products and was using them in Future Studios 2, they decided to head on over and find out more. He even played a brand new version of Guy's 1988 hit 'Teddy's Jam' on the MiniNova!
It's hard to believe that it's 15 years since the launch of Novation's Supernova analogue-modelling synth. Its wealth of control and power was unheard of at that time, its sleek design took many a rack by storm and its groundbreaking new sounds were scattered on tracks by everyone from Orbital and Jarre to ATB.
Now you can relive those sounds with the first of two FREE SUPERNOVA SOUNDPACKS, featuring 64 of the awesome Supernova sounds for use with your Novation UltraNova or MiniNova. If you already own one of these beasts, CLICK HERE to download your FREE Supernova SoundPack!