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Detective-Squad The Nova Drone

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The Nova Drone is an open source, analog experimental sound and light synth.

It can be used to create effects ranging from slowly fading drones to chaotic harmonic sequences. It also functions as a complex visual pattern generator when combined with a digital/phone video camera. See the video link below for an example of the color patterns generated by holding a camera up to the LED. The NovaDrone offers 3 channels of sound and light. This is a DOUBLE PCB, which means has 6 channels.

The Nova Drones offers 12 potentiometers, 10 switches, 6 oscillators, 9 oscillator sync inputs, 6 frequency modulation inputs and an epic 15 voltage outputs as well as 3 high current outputs for controlling external LEDs. All of the ins and outs have been routed to a prototyping breadboard at the bottom of the unit which allows for liberal experimentation and development of custom circuits. The prototyping area is especially useful for syncing the oscillators of 2 or more Nova Drones together.

Each channel has the following features:


+ volume
+ TONE pitch coarse tune 24Hz to 750Hz
+ TONE pitch fine tune
+ LFO rate .008 Hz (around 1 cycle every 2 minutes) to 750Hz


+ sync 1
+ sync 2


+ ext sync 3
+ PITCH modulation
+ LFO rate modulation


+ TONE square wave
+ TONE triangle wave
+ LFO square wave
+ LFO triangle wave
+ PWM square wave
+ High current LED out for off board LEDs.


Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
Oscillators: 6
Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Square, Triangle
Osc Modulation: Input, LFO, Oscillator
LFO: 6
LFO Parameters: Square, Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 6
Timbrality: 6
Tuning: Atonal
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Case: Desktop
Controls: Knobs, Switches, Modulation Pin Matrix
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In, Gate Out
Power: 12-24 V DC 300mA, Negative ring, Positive tip
Year Released: 2012

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] detective-squad.com
Retail Street Price: $50 Kit - convert

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