Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Product code: novmininova

The Novation MiniNova is a compact, super-cool performance synth with the same sound engine as its big brother: the Ultra Nova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds which you can tweak with 5 knobs, or totally warp with 8 'animate' buttons. MiniNova also has an onboard VocaiTune effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from Hip Hop, Urban and electronic music.


  • Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

    The Novation MiniNova is a compact, super-cool performance synth with the same sound engine as its big brother: the Ultra Nova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds which you can tweak with 5 knobs, or totally warp with 8 'animate' buttons. MiniNova also has an onboard VocaiTune effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from Hip Hop, Urban and electronic music.

    Main Features

    • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova's sound engine
    • Brand new VocalTune and classic vocoder effects
    • 256 awesome onboard sounds - instantly searchable
    • Up to 18 voices available
    • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
    • Run guitars and other instruments though the vocoder and effects
    • 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
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    Is MiniNova for you?
    MiniNova's compact size, massive sound and performance/editing controls make it perfect for producers, gigging musicians and anyone creating music with computers - it's also a 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O. The VocaiTune and vocoder enable you to recreate classic vocal effects, as well as brand new voice-bending possibilities!

    Choose your sound
    MiniNova has 256 on board sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds by selecting the type of music you're making, or the type of sound you're after whether it's bass, lead, hip hop or techno. Mini Nova 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.

    Tweak, warp and arpeggiate your sound
    MiniNova can do things other synths can't. It has knobs which allow you to tweak and edit the sounds, but it can also 'animate' sound with 8 back-lit buttons. These trigger 'mods' in the synth engine that can warp sound in incredible ways as you play. There is also a large knob for filter cutoff so you can get instant control of the filter whatever else you are doing. MiniNova has an arpeggiator, you can use the 8 buttons to jam with arpeggios creating totally new sequences in realtime.

    Classic & brand-new vocal effects
    MiniNova takes vocal effects one step further. As well as a vocoder, it has VocaiTune. 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 Mini Nova's effects engine, adding reverb, distortion, chorus/phase, gator, compression or EQ. This doesn't need to be limited to your voice though, there is an input which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument into and give it the same effects or vocoder treatment.

    The synth engine & effects
    MiniNova has an enormously powerful synth engine, unheard of in such a compact 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. Mini Nova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/ phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.

    Software included
    Access to the Sound Collective
    4GB of Loopmaster samples
    Free Melodics lesson
    Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
    Novation Automap
    Software AU and VST plugin editor
    Stand-alone patch librarian

    Tech Spec

    Product Hardware Specifications
    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 ¼inch jack inputs
    2x ¼inch jack outputs
    1x ¼inch jack headphone output
    Sustain pedal on ¼inch jack input
    MIDI in/out
    12 volt power input
    USB/DC/off power switch
    USB port (MiniNova can be powered via USB)
    Kensington security slot

    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 (Supported in the engine. Note, keyboard does not generate 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)

    Dimensions and Weight
    Dimensions (W x D x H): 560 x 75 x 250 mm / 22.04 x 2.95 x 9.84 inches
    Weight: 2.52 Kgs / 5.55 lbs

    Enjoy Two Years Of Warranty
    Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a two-year warranty if any Novation hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault. Novation will send you replacement gear in the UK and the US, and they'll cover the shipping costs both ways. In the UK, they'll send you a replacement before you return your hardware to them.

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  • Additional Information

    Condition New
    Documentation No
    On demo in store Yes
    Brand Novation
    Keyboard Type Synth
    Number of keys 37
    Keyboard Action Synth Action
    Specifications No