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Novation Supernova II

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The SuperNova II (2000) was available in 24, 36 and 48-voice models with additional 12 or 24-voice expansion boards. Available again in a 3U rack-mount format, the SuperNova II was also available in a 61-note performance keyboard version with velocity and aftertouch, enabling sound tweaking during live performance. FM synthesis capability was included along with ring modulation, dual analogue inputs and a 42-band vocoder. An 8-part arpeggiator was also on-board and in its full version the product offered 8-part multitimbrality and 48-voice polyphony, with 57 and 2304 oscillators running simultaneously.


Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Subtractive, Virtual Analog
Oscillators: 3
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard, Velocity
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Freerun, Looping, Time
Filters: 2
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass
Filter Modulation: Envelope, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Velocity
Filter Notes:
+ 9 Special dual type filters with modulatable frequency separation.
+ Overdrive control capable of subtle “Saturation”
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 24 - 48
Timbrality: 8
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Internal
Built in Arpeggiator with 128 Preset Polyphonic, 128 Preset Monophonic and 192 User
Programmable Polyphonic and 192 User Programmable Monophonic Patterns with 8
Arpeggiators available simultaneously in Performance mode.
Distortion, Comb Filter, EQ, Reverb, Chorus/Flanger/Phaser/Ensemble/Rotary Speaker, Delay
and Panning effects for each Program.
57 Effects available simultaneously - 7 Effects for each of the 8 Parts of a Performance or
Program, Plus 1 Global 42 Band Vocoder. Yes you can have a different Reverb on each
part, a different Delay on each part, a different Chorus etc.
Vocoder 42 Band Vocoder with Sibilance modes and Spectum Analiser.
18 different Effects Configurations available on each Part of a performance or Program.
Realtime Morphing between Effects Configurations is also possible.
Chips and Operating System
Case: Rack
Rack Size: 19", 3U, Full
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
Display Count H: 20
Display Count V: 2
Dimensions (WxDxH): Width 483 mm. Depth 222mm. Height 133mm
Weight: 5kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
Inputs: 2 assignable Intputs with high quality ADCs.
Power: 90V to 260V. 40 Watts.
Year Released: 2000
Year Discontinued: 2001
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MSRP List Price: $1,899 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1,599 - convert
Used Price: $500 - convert

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I own the keyboard version; sometime it's hard to believe that isn't an analog instrument. The oscillators could be slightly influenced with drift values, to effectively emulate some analog instable tuning, and deep saws are full and shaking. The filter is good, creamy and with three different slopes. Three ADSRs are enough to modulate the synthesis, and the powerful effects section is more than a mere complement. The keyboard feels like a Fatar one. There are lots of electronic music arpeggios, ready to be played with great effect.

I can't really imagine what sholuld be missed on this instrument.

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