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Novation MiniNova 37-key Synth

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37-mini-key Synthesizer/Vocoder and USB Controller with Realtime Performance Controls, 14 Filter Types, 6 Envelope Generators, 3 LFOs, and Gooseneck Mic

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The MiniNova 37-Mini-Key Compact Synthesizer by Novation has the same sound engine as the larger model, UltraNova. It includes 256 onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs, or totally warp with eight "animate" buttons. It has polyphony up to 18 voices with as many as five synth effects on each sound. MiniNova also has onboard VocalTune and classic vocoder effects, so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music. 

MiniNova has a powerful sound engine for a micro synth. In addition to its 256 onboard sounds, it has space to save 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for patches by selecting the style, or the type of sound. MiniNova has 14 conventional waveforms to choose from, 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms. Each of the 3 oscillators has density/detune, virtual sync, and an additional low-pass filter called "hardness." There are 14 filter types, 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 20 modulation slots where you can link synth modules together. MiniNova can also add up to 5 effects to each sound; including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect. 

MiniNova includes a gooseneck microphone, taking its vocal effects one step further. In addition to VocalTune and the 12-band vocoder, the mic input can be routed through the effects engine. The onboard 1/4" input can do the same with an instrument. 

An onboard USB port and MIDI I/O allows MiniNova to connect to a laptop or control another keyboard / sound module. Editing sounds can be overwhelming, so Novation bundled the MiniNova Editor software, giving you visual access to the synth engine. The software works as a plug-in within your DAW and allows full editing of your MiniNova hardware patches. MiniNova also includes Patch Librarian software to enable unlimited patch storage on your computer.

37-Key Controller Keyboard with MIDI I/O
MiniNova is a great compact desktop keyboard. It has physical MIDI I/O ports for triggering external sound modules or connecting to a larger keyboard
Powerful Micro Synth with UltraNova's Sound Engine
MiniNova has Novation's signature Nova-series synth-engine onboard, capable of creating and editing sounds with up to 18 voices and powerful effects
VocalTune and Classic Vocoder Effects
The VocalTune function can recreate urban and hip-hop vocal sounds, as well as classic house and techno voice effects
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 Instantly Searchable Factory Presets
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
Includes 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 as you want
Run Other Instruments Though the Onboard Effects
Plug any other instrument into the line input and route it through the effects engine or the vocal effects
Free Soundpacks
Download free soundpacks which have been created by artists and sound designers

Additional Info

Additional Info

Manufacturer Novation
Brand Novation
Bundle Software
  • MiniNova Software Editor
  • Patch Librarian
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation Bass Station softsynth
  • Loopmasters sample pack (1GB)
Keyboard 37 note keyboard with velocity
Polyphony Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
Multitimbral No, mono-timbral
Per Patch 3 x oscillators
1 x noise generator
2 x ring modulators

Waveforms include:
Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9 x saw:pulse combinations
20 x digital waveforms
36 x wavetables
Filters 2 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 20 modulation slots per patch:
  • 6 x envelope generators
  • 3 x LFOs
  • Aftertouch
  • Velocity
  • Key scaling/track
  • Mod wheel
  • Expression pedal
Destinations Total of 66 destinations:
  • 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)
Effects 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
  • VocalTune
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator - 33 patterns
  • Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
  • Chord function - lock up to 10 notes
Presets Ships with 256 factory patches
Stores up to 384 on hardware
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 4 x smooth edit/performance pots
  • 1 x large smooth filter pot
  • 1 x six position parameter selector switch
  • 6 x parameter indicator LEDs
  • 8 x three-colour, back-lit animate/arpeggiator/favorite patch-select buttons
  • 2 x animate/arpeggiate LED indicators
  • 1 x back-lit 'hold' button
  • 1 x animate/arpeggiator/favorite patch toggle switch
  • 1 x 'favorite' patch select button
  • 1 x arpeggiator tempo control pot
  • 1 x arpeggiator tempo indicator LED
  • 2 x back-lit arpeggiator control encoders
  • 2 x back-lit octave select buttons
Inputs 1 x XLR mic
1 x 1/4" TRS
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS
Headphone Output 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo
USB Port 1 x USB-B
MIDI Connectors In / Out
Other Connectors 1/4" Sustain pedal
Kensington Lock
Display 16 character custom LCD
Power Supply 12V, included
Dimensions (WxDxH) 22.04 x 9.84 x 2.95" (560 x 250 x 75 mm)
Weight 5.55 lb (2.52 kg)
  • Gooseneck Microphone
  • USB Cable
  • DC Power Supply
  • Software Download Card
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty


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