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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.

    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.
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Power: 90V to 260V. 40 Watts.
    Year Released: 2000
    Year Discontinued: 2001
    Manuals & Documents
    Editors & Software:
    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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