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    Product Description

    The MiniNova takes the powerful synth engine of the popular Novation Ultranova and puts it in a super compact super cool package with 256 pre-programmed patches including Vocoder and VocalTune effects, all of which are tweakable using the tactile controls and 'animate' punch buttons that really make this a performance keyboard: tweak patches on the go for huge filter swoops (thanks to the big dedicated 'Filter' knob that controls cut off frequency), FX transitions etc.

    You can fill up 128 user slots with your own sounds built using the MiniNova's 14 conventional waveforms (square, sine, sawtooth, pulse, triangle and combinations), 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms for a huge wealth of sounds.

    Included Software

    With the MiniNova you get Ableton Live Lite, the lightweight version of one of the most popular digital audio workstations around to get started making music. And with Loopmasters you get access to a 4GB library of royalty-free samples to inspire or use in your music. You also get access to the Novation Sound Collective which provides Novation users with new sounds to explore every few months.

    MiniNova comes with some of Novation's proprietary software. You get the Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synth which is modelled on the classic Bass Station synth, Automap for easily assinging software paramters to hardware controls, a software AU and VST plugin editor and a stand-alone patch librarian.

    You also get Melodics, a handy desktop app that's a fun and intuitive way to learn how to play MIDI keyboards, pad controllers, and drums. Melodics provides you with challenges, structured learning, and goals to make learning less intimidating and more exciting.

    Here's what Novation say about the MiniNova

    MiniNova is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible hands-on performance controls, VocalTune and vocoder effects.

    MiniNova is a compact, supercool performance synth with the same sound engine as its big brother: the UltraNova. it comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds which you can tweak with 5 knobs, or totally warp with 8 'animate' buttons. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from Hip Hop, Urban and electronic music.

    What is MiniNova?

    MiniNova is a powerful mini-keys synth with incredible performance controls which enable you to tweak and warp the onboard sounds, and your own voice. It has the same synth-engine as its big brother - the UVtraNova - and comes with 256 awesome sounds so you can get started straight away. If you want to dig deeper, it's got a fully editable Nova-class synth engine (derived from the legendary Supernova series in the 1990s).

    Is MiniNova for you?

    MiniNova's compact size, massive sound and performance/editing controls make it perfect for producers, gigging musicians and anyone creating music with computers: it can also be a 37 key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O. The VocalTune and vocoder enable you to recreate classic vocal effects, as well as brand new voice-bending possibilities

    Choose your sound

    MiniNova has 256 onboard sounds and space to save another 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for sounds by selecting the type of music you're making, or the type of sound you're after whether it's bass, lead - hip hop or techno. MiniNova comes with a free software Patch Librarian so you can store as many sounds as you want on your computer. If 256 is not enough, there are numerous soundpacks for MiniNova assembled by renowned artists and sound designers. These can be downloaded free from novationmusic.com/soundpacks

    Tweak, warp and arpeggiate your sound

    MiniNova can do things other synths can't. It has knobs which allow you to tweak and edit the sounds, but it can also 'animate' sound with 8 back-lit buttons. These trigger 'mods' in the synth engine that can warp sound in incredible ways as you play. There is also a large knob for filter cutoff so you can get instant control of the filter whatever else you are doing. MiniNova has an arpeggiator; you can use the 8 buttons to jam with arpeggios creating totally new sequences in realtime.

    Classic & brand-new vocal effects

    MiniNova takes vocal effects one step further. As well as a vocoder, it has VocalTune. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard recreating those classic Hip Hop / Urban vocal effects. You can also run your voice through MiniNova's effects engine, adding reverb, distortion, chorus/phase, gator compression or EQ. This doesn't need to be limited to your voice; there is an input which you can plug a guitar or any other instrument and give it the same treatment; effects or vocoder.

    The synth engine & effects

    MiniNova has an enormously powerful synth engine, unheard of in such a compact synth. There are 14 conventional waveforms to choose from (square, sine, sawtooth, pulse, triangle and combinations), 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms. Each of the 3 oscillators (per voice) have density/detune for fattening up sounds, virtual sync and 'hardness' - which acts as an additional lowpass filter. There are 14 filter types (and you can run 2 simultaneously), 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 20 modulation slots where you can link modules of the synth engine together to shape sound. MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQand Novation's unique gator effect.

    Editing software included

    Editing sounds in such a powerful synth can be overwhelming, so we've created a software application gives you visual access to the synth engine. The MiniNova Editor works as a plug-in within your DAW or music software. You can fully edit MiniNova using the hardware, the software just makes it more simple to see what you are doing.

    Novation Sound Collective

    Get free or discounted software exclusive to registered Novation users! The Sound Collective offer changes frequently, so make sure you check back to make the most of the free software and plugins that you'll get! Click here for more info.

    3 year warranty

    All Novation products come with a 3 year warranty from the point of purchase, if bought after October 2016. Visit Novation's site for more infomation.


    • With sound generation from UltraNova
    • 37 Velocity sensitive keys
    • Up to 18x polyphony
    • Mono-Timbral
    • 256 Presets
    • Saves up to 512 patches
    • 5 Effects per patch
    • VocalTune- and classic vocoder effects
    • 12-Band vocoder
    • Arpeggiator with 33 patterns
    • Chord function
    • LCD
    • Patch Select knob
    • Pitch and Modulation wheel
    • Audio input 6.3 mm
    • Audio Line output 2x 6.3 mm jack (stereo L / R)
    • MIDI I / O, USB, headphone output
    • XLR Mic input for dynamic mics
    • Incl. Goose-neck micro and Xcite + - Software Bundle
    • Dimensions (W x H x D): 560 x 75 x 250 mm
    • Weight: 2.52 kg
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    Customer Reviews


    12 reviews





    Trusted Customer8th May 2022

    Fantastic piece of kit with amazing features

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    RICHARD BENNETT17th Jan 2022

    Great product!! Sounds great.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Paul Balfour29th Sep 2021

    Great little synth this is the 3rd I have owned excellent sound and value for money.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Trusted Customer3rd Feb 2021

    Well renowned for being powerful and customised easily with countless patch downloads available everywhere. Polyphonic and easy to work with. Bundled with Ableton lite. What else would you need?

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Robert Drysdale19th Dec 2020

    Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Tom Rowlands1st Jul 2020

    Nice little synth with plenty of voice options and great controls to shape new sounds. I've used it to record straight into an interface and it has a great sound. Very pleased.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

    Mr Angus Cameron21st Jan 2019

    So much power ... so little money.

    Trusted Customer21st Nov 2015

    this is an exellent little compact synth for the money . would recommend no problem . for £235 its a steel !!

    Trusted Customer15th Apr 2015

    Trusted Customer12th Feb 2015


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