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Novation KS4

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    The Novation KS4 KStation is a multi-timbral, enhanced keyboard synthesizer. This instrument is a multi-timbral, enhanced version of the popular KStation keyboard synthesizer using the very latest award-winning Novation technology found in highly-acclaimed products such as Nova and Supernova II. The KS Rack is capable of producing an enormous range of high quality synthesized sounds and is an ideal machine for a home studio set-up or for an experienced producer looking to add an extra dimension of sound power

    Main Features

    Four hundred Program memories

    Two hundred factory programmed sounds are included and a further two hundred user sound memory locations are provided (factory programmed sounds may be overwritten).

    One hundred Performance memories

    Fifty factory programmed multi-timbral Performances are included and a further fifty user Performance locations are provided (factory programmed Performances may be overwitten).

    Each Performance can consist of up to four different Programs, each with its own unique effects settings, MIDI channel assignments and keyboard settings. Program data for each Performance Part are stored in the Performance memory location.

    Four Drum Maps

    Two factory programmed Drum Maps are included with a further two user Drum Maps available (factory programmed Drum Maps may be over-written). Drum Maps allow a whole drum kit to be mapped across 49 notes of the keyboard with each drum sound available on a different key. Drum Maps consume only one unit of Multi-timbrality.

    Powerful Oscillators

    Three Oscillators provide the standard Sawtooth, Square, Variable Pulse, Triangle and Sine waves. Additional sampled waveforms are also available, each containing complex audio information not available in the standard waveforms.

    The Sawtooth, Triangle and Sine waveforms may be duplicated within a single Oscillator to provide thicker sounding waveforms. Synchronization and FM between two Oscillators allow the generation of metallic or percussive timbres. A four section noise source completes the waveform engine.

    External Audio Input

    The Mixer allows an external audio signal to be combined with the Oscillators and processed through the Filter, Envelopes and Effects. Envelopes may also be auto-triggered by an external signal.

    The 16 band Vocoder makes it easy to create Robot and Talky sound effects.

    Four Arpeggiators

    The arpeggiator features six different operational modes with adjustable gate time for staccato effects. Thirty two rhythmic patterns are available to introduce complex motion effects. In multi-timbral Performance Mode, up to four arpeggiators are available simultaneously, each with their own unique settings. All four arpeggiators can can be individually synchronised to MIDI Clock at different time signatures.


    Sixteen ‘Hypersync’ templates provide fast,effective, musically synchronized settings with a simple twist of a control.

    When selected, synchronisation settings to four Effects and four Program parameters are instantly applied. Settings for the Delay level, Chorus Level, Panning Depth and EQ Modulation Depth are also applied. Using these tempo synchronized features can significantly enhance music production.

    Comprehensive MIDI Control Specification

    Adjustments of any controls transmit MIDI Controller numbers or NRPNs for real time recording by a sequencer or computer.

    Powerful Effects

    The effects processor includes Distortion, Stereo Chorus, Phaser, Reverb, Synchronized Delay and Synchronized Stereo Panning. Complex, dynamic timbres may be created using tempo synchronized effects settings. A final output EQ and Filter section complete with a tempo synchronized LFO allow for a performance to be automatically filtered and time locked from 32nd triplets through to several bars.

    In multi-timbral Performance Mode, each of the four individual Parts can have its own unique Effects settings.

    Data Compatibility

    The KS Rack has been designed to allow the loading of Sysex data dumps from the Novation K-Station and A-Station. This ensures that existing sound libraries and global settings can easily be transferred from the older types of machine. Data is also fully compatible with the Novation KS 4 and KS 5 synthesizers.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Subtractive, Virtual Analog
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, ROM, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Sub Oscillator, Super Saw, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard, Velocity
    Oscillator Notes:
    + 16 Complex Cycle Waveforms
    + Noise Sources White / Crack / Metal 1 / Metal 2
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, Mod Wheel
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Key Sync
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 16
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
    Patches RAM: 200
    Patches ROM: 200
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    Arpeggiators 4 Independent
    Controls Speed / Range / Gate Time
    MIDI Clock / Sync / Keysync
    Modes Up / Down / Rand / Chord
    Patterns 16 Rhythmic
    Reverb Level / Echo Chamber, Small
    Room, Large Room, Small Hall,
    Large Hall, Grand hall / Decay /
    Wheel Level
    Chorus - Phaser Level / Rate / Type / MIDI
    Clock Sync / Feedback / Mod
    Depth / Centre / MIDI clock sync
    initial Position, Wheel Level
    Distortion Drive / Compensation /
    Wheel Level
    Panning Position / Mod Depth / Speed /
    MIDI clock Sync, Initial Position
    Delay Depth / Time / Feedback / MIDI
    Clock Sync / Stereo Width /
    Ratio / Wheel Level
    16 Band Vocoder On –Off / Sibilance Level /
    Sibilance Type
    EQ / Filter Depth / Freq / Mod Depth /
    Mod Speed. MIDI clock sync /
    MIDI clock sync Initial position
    Chips and Operating System
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 49 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity
    Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
    Display Count H: 16
    Display Count V: 2
    Dimensions (WxDxH): W=852 H=94 D=300
    Weight: 7.5kg / KS5 = 9.5kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
    Inputs: Line Level 1 x Mono 1/4” Jack
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Power: 85 - 270 V.A.C 250mA
    Year Released: 2002
    Year Discontinued: 2004
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] us.novationmusic.com
    YouTube Videos
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