Novation MiniNova is a compact and super-cool studio and live synth with the same sound engine as its big brother; UltraNova. It comes with 256 preset sounds that you can edit with five knobs, or totally warp with eight 'animate' buttons. MiniNova has an onboard VocalTune™ effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can produce typical vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.
Don't let the size of the MiniNova fool you - it is the latest in the legendary Supernova series. It has the same sound engine and synth effects as the Novation UltraNova.
The MiniNova is capable of creating dirty-fat bass synth sounds, as well as assertive leads, smooth pads and classic vintage synth sounds. All sounds are in a 37 mini-keyboard. A USB port and MIDI in/out easily connects to your laptop or you can connect it to another keyboard or sound module.
The MiniNova has some very special vocal effects. As well as a vocoder, it has VocalTune to lend vocal signals a completely new sound. This means you can talk into the microphone while playing the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard to create 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 can be done with guitars or other instruments, as well as your voice.
The MiniNova has 256 preset sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds with the convenient search function by selecting a genre (techno, hip hop, etc.) or sound type (bass, lead, etc.). MiniNova comes with free Patch Librarian software so you can store as many sounds as you want on your computer. If 256 is not enough, there are other sound packs for MiniNova programmed by renowned artists and sound designers. They can be downloaded free on the manufacturer's website.
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so there is a software application included that gives you easy access to the sound source. The MiniNova Editor works as a plug-in with your DAW or music software so that you can always access it directly. With Editor, you have full access to the hardware from MiniNova.
MiniNova has an impressively powerful sound engine and synth effects. In addition to 14 conventional waveforms (square, sawtooth, sine, triangle, pulse and combinations thereof), there are 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms. Each of the three oscillators (per voice) have density/detune for fattening up sounds. In addition, there are virtual sync and 'hardness', which works as an additional lowpass filter.
There are 14 filter types in the MiniNova (of which two can be run simultaneously), 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 20 modulation slots. The modules of the synth engine can be linked together to shape sound and offer a wide tonal diversity. MiniNova also offers distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.
The 'Perform' section gives you immediate access to the synth and effects engines. Simply switch between the six positions to assign four knobs, to get instant access to a total of 24 sound-bending parameters.