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Novation PEAK 8-Voice Polyphonic Synth

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The Novation Peak is an eight voiced polyphonic synth. There are three New Oxford oscillators for each voice which utilities two waveform generating techniques and 17 digital wavetables.

The unit features pre and post filter distortion for each voice, as well as a global distortion for the whole synth. Other effects include reverb, delay and chorus and there's also an arpeggiator built in.

There's a fantastic modulation system which offers a 16 slot modulation matrix as well as 16 directly assignable controls on the front panel. There's also the option to connect to other modular systems through the CV modulation input.

The design is perfect if you're looking for a desktop unit and an there's also an optional die-cast aluminium stand than can be purchased separately.

Novation Product Overview

Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesizer with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators), but gain the flexibility of the digital domain with 17 digital wavetables. They can also become a linear FM source using either the analogue-sounding NCOs or digital wavetables – so are able to cross-modulate in a recursive loop.

The synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points for each voice – pre-filter, post-filter and global – in an analogue signal chain. Peak is capable of receiving polyphonic aftertouch, which puts expression right at your fingertips. Reverb, delay and chorus effects are at one's disposal, and there is also an on-board arpeggiator.

The modulation system puts a 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments in the main controls, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing. There are three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs for each voice, and more elaborate movements and secondary ‘via’ assignments are made just a few menu button presses away. In addition, two animate buttons give live performers instant one-touch transformation of patches.

Peak connects to modular systems via a CV modulation input, and has MIDI I/O on five-pin DIN ports, so other MIDI gear can be connected. Via USB, Peak can be plugged into Mac or PC, where unlimited patches can be kept using the Components software.


• Innovative New Oxford Oscillators using two waveform generating techniques: NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) and 17 digital wavetables.

• Pre-filter and post-filter distortion per voice, plus global distortion.

• Polyphonic aftertouch and linear FM. High-quality reverb, delay and chorus effects, and onboard arpeggiator.

• Extensive modulation system, with 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments controlled on the front panel.

• Three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs per voice, plus animate button.

• CV modulation input for integration with modular systems.

• Compact desktop module design with optional die-cast aluminium stand for positioning (not included).

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog, Digital
Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Virtual Analog
Oscillators: 3
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, Wave Table
Osc Modulation: Envelope, Glide / Portamento, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
+ FPGA Based Oscillators runnin at 24 MHz
+ NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators)
+ 17 digital wavetables
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
Filter Modulation: Input, Knob, LFO
Filter Notes:
+ Analog filter
LFO: 2
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Triangle, Delay
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 8
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Polyphonic
Patches RAM: 128
Storage: Internal, USB
+ Clock sync
+ Gate
FPGA effects:
+ Reverb
+ Delay
+ Chorus
+ Distortion
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Sliders
Display Type: LED, OLED, Backlit
Display Count H: 20
Display Count V: 4
Dimensions (WxDxH): 464 x 233 x 70.5 mm
Weight: 3.877 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
CV Ports: CV IN
Year Released: 2017
Design Notes:

Designed by Chris Huggett who worked on the OSCar and WASP synths.
MSRP List Price: $1299 - convert

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