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Novation MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer  

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Overview

  • Hugely powerful mini-synth with UltraNova’s sound engine
  • Brand new voice-tune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in realtime
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    $624.99
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      A powerful performance synth with the same sound engine as the UltraNova.

      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.

      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.

       

      MiniNova Mini-Keys Synthesizer Specifications:

      • 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
       
      4.5

      (based on 4 reviews)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (3)
      • Portable (3)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic music (3)
        • Learning (3)

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        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        be careful of novation's website demo

        By knewandused

        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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Powerful Synth

              By musicstudent14

              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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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I Love This Thing

                By asd;lfja

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                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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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just what I wanted!

                  By MikeBass85

                  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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