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OVERVIEW

MiniNova is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible performance controls which enable you to tweak and warp the onboard sounds, and your own voice. It has the same synth-engine as it's big brother - the UltraNova - and comes with 256 awesome sounds so you can get started straight away. If you want to dig deeper, it's got a fully editable Nova-class synth engine (derived from the legendary Supernova series in the 1990s).

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 can also be a 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O. The voice-tune and vocoder enable you to recreate classic vocal effects, as well as brand new voice-bending possibilities!

Choose your sound
MiniNova has 256 onboard 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. 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 can be downloaded free from: novationmusic.com/soundpacks

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 with 33 patterns. You can use the 8 buttons to jam with these patterns, 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 voice-tune - or the 'Cher' effect. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard. 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 which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument and give it the same treatment; effects or vocoder.

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. MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.

Editing software included
Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so we've created a software application 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 more simple to see what you are doing.

A powerful performance synth with the same sound engine as the UltraNova.

FEATURES
  • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova's sound engine
  • Brand new voice-tune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
  • 256 awesome onboards sounds - instantly searchable
  • Layer up to 5 effects per voice
  • 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

Compact and powerful, the MiniNova will add a new dimension to your live performances. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer

  • Sound Engine Type(s): Modeling
    Number of Keys: 37
    Type of Keys: Mini
    Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
    Polyphony: 18 Notes
    Number of Presets: 256
    Expansion: No Expansion
    Number of Effects: 7
    Effects Types: Distortion, reverb, compression, EQ, chorus/phase, delay, Gator
    Arpeggiator: Yes
    Sampling: No
    Audio Playback: No Audio Playback
    USB: USB
    Number of Audio Inputs: 2
    Audio Input Types: 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
    Number of Audio Outputs: 3
    Audio Output Types: 2 x TS, 1 x Headphone
    Number of Digital Inputs: No digital inputs
    Digital Input Types: No digital inputs
    Number of Digital Outputs: No digital outputs
    Digital Output Types: No digital outputs
    MIDI I/O: In/Out (Din)
    Pedal Inputs: 1 x Sustain
    Height: 2.95"
    Width: 23.2"
    Depth: 9.06"
    Weight: 6lb.
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NovationMiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer
 
4.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Responsive / good action (4)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Electronic music (6)
  • Concerts (3)
  • Learning (3)
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5.0

Everything I needed

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from Roanoke

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Spacey
  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Vocoder is awesome

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI

    Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

    I'm in an indie band and we play very simplistic, chill music. I needed a keyboard for instrumental breaks and atmospheric ambiance in a live performance. This thing is killer! It sounds amazing and you can edit everything it seems. It feels like if I dropped it in my garage that it would almost certainly break though, but on a plus it's very light. The vocoder is very responsive although I have found that most of the presets all sound very much the same or too unusual to use.

    Since I play guitar primarily I needed something to sustain notes and what not. I bought a sustain pedal and didn't need it because this thing has a latch button... I did not know this, because I'm not a piano player at all and didn't research it enough but anyhoo.. this thing is easy for me to play guitar and keys at the same time and allows me to create a smoother sound with our songs.

    Definitely get this thing!

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredibly Powerful

    Pros

    • Build Quality
    • Easy to Use
    • Massive Sound
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music

      Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

      I have waited a while to review this synth, because I wanted to get more experience with it first. Let me tell you this right now: I am absolutely in love with this synthesizer, and couldn't be anymore ecstatic to own it. I will try to keep this short, though there is so much to say.

      First of all, it's almost impossible not to bring up the microkorg to compare with the MiniNova. Same price, same basic concept. That's where the similarities end. The MiniNova is so much more powerful than the microkorg, and all it takes is a comparative look at the specs. The MN gives you 256 patches + 128 user, the MK gives you a total of 128. You get 3 oscillators on the MN, 2 on the MK... The list goes on. I will tell you what ultimately made me go with the MiniNova over the microkorg, specs aside -- and by the way, the MN CAN get emulate analog synths as well as the MK.

      The MiniNova looks WAY better; I never get tired of looking at it. I love the big, fat dedicated filter knob as well. The performance possibilities. Sounds are more modern. The onboard effects (which are editable). I could go on naming every reason, but there's more to discuss.

      Along with getting an absolutely amazing synth, you get a very comprehensive, and informative manual. Don't know much about synthesis? There's a tutorial of the basics in the manual. With Novation, you get the absolute best customer service. If you need help with sound designing, understanding the synth better, any question or thought that may arise, all you have to do is send them an email, and they respond within 2-3 business days. Novation is the only synth brand I own (Novation, Arturia, Korg) who has responded to my inquiries.

      If you watch videos of the MiniNova, some people claim that editing it is a pain when doing so directly on the synth (not using the software patch editor). It may be a little time consuming, but in no way is it difficult.

      This is an amazing synth, and I highly doubt you will regret buying it, so do it!

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      5.0

      Killer board!

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      from Central PA

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music

        Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

        Love this thing. I have two Nord E3s. One for piano and one for organ. Neither could cut it for pads, leafs or anything even remotely synth sounding. I've owned the microkirg XL and this board is WAY BETTER. The factory sounds are killer, the workflow is super logical and it's pretty easy to use without being an expert in synthesizers. Very fun to play!

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        (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        be careful of novation's website demo

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        from myrtle beach

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        Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

        i bought this after seeing a demo on novation's website. it demoed the auto-tune function. after getting it i find out that the sound used for the demo was actually overdubbed: the auto-tune function is monophonic not poly. Other problem was it not being poly-timbral: keyboard can't be split or sounds combined in any way.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Powerful Synth

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        from Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • Learning

          Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

          I've been playing keyboards for years, but this is the first synth I've owned. I've been doing quite a bit of reading and experimenting to learn how synthesizers work, and this one if fully featured. I haven't run into anything I've wanted to try that this synth can't do.

          You could get a lot of the same sounds out of a software synth, but there's something strangely fulfilling about being able to tweak sounds live using physical knobs and buttons. This also makes it easier and more impressive to play live. There is editing software that saves you from having to go menu diving for your settings. (The menus are designed well, it's just easier to see it all on the computer screen at once.)

          The software is a plugin for a DAW, not a standalone application. I've been using it with Garageband via USB, and setup was easy. Since the Mininova does not have an audio interface, sound is not transferred to my Mac through USB. External speakers are still required.

          I considered buying a MicroKorg or MicroKorg XL instead of this, but I am happy I went with the Mininova. It hasn't disappointed.

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          5.0

          I Love This Thing

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          from San Francisco, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning

            Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

            I have to say, this synth is really fantastic. The interface takes very little getting used to. I learned to use modeling synthesizers on a MicroKorg, which has an incredibly frustrating interface. This thing allows you to build sounds from the ground up (starting at a single waveform) if you wish. Or you can use the presets (I'm not normally a presets kinda guy, but some of them are actually pretty cool). But for real, the amount of customization this thing allows is almost ridiculous. I've never played such a cost-effective synth that allowed me such control over the sound. I've had sounds for certain parts in my head for months, years in some case. Once I figured out how to use this thing (only took me an afternoon, it's that easy), I was able to get those ideas out and easily stored away for use in the future. I'm amazed. Don't even bother with a MicroKorg. Korg needs to up it's minisynth game if they want to remain even close to relevant in that market in the wake of this thing.

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            5.0

            Just what I wanted!

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            from Chicago

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good-looking
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • No Mono Output

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Concerts
            • Electronic Music
            • Learning
            • MIDI
            • Synth Bass
            • Travel

            Comments about Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer:

            I am a profesional bassist who was looking to expand my sound and have a good synth for playing synth bass. I also wanted something to experiment with creating electronic music. This was exactly what I wanted!
            In addition to the 256 presets, it has 127 blank initialized slots for you to save your own synth voices, made from scratch or editing the presets. The animate pads are a blast to play with and you can program them yourself. One pad can execute multiple changes to the sound with the push of a button!
            The 5 performance knobs are easy to use. The selector switch next to 4 of them selects which parameters they affect. Two rows are customizable (8 parameters total) so that you can decide what they "tweak". Like the microkorg, you can access any charachteristic of the syth. You have to use the LCD screen and menu keys to access certain things, but it really simplifies the performance knob section.
            Only downsides I see compared to Microkorg are not being batery opperated (so?), Mininova is monotiberal while Microkorg uses 2 timbers (which seems to more than even out when you consider the polyphony Mininova=18 Microkorg=4). Mininova is strictly Stereo outputs (L&R channels or Stereo Headphone) which screwed me up in my application, but was easily fixed with an adaptor. In every other way, the Mininova seems to blow the Microkorg out of the water. More oscilators, LFOs, filters, etc. Well worth the extra $100, or less if you have a coupon!

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