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The Novation Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesizer that brings both the sound of analogue and the extended functionality of digital into one innovative and beautifully crafted synth.
For Novation the Peak is where the best of digital and analogue synthesis join together to get the best of both sides; Analogue where it matters - digital where it counts!
Digital & Analogue Together
The Peak's tone comes from three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators), but they are combined with the flexibility of the digital domain using 17 digital wavetables. This gives the synth many more tonal possibilities than would be with a completely analogue system, however the synth's sound maintains that analogue tonal quality throughout.
The main oscillator section is joined by a resonant multi-mode analogue filter on each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain. So if you want that fully analogue feel, you can definitely get it. However, if you're ready for something new, you can create a linear FM source using either the analogue style NCO's or digital wavetables; offering you even more creative possibilities to explore.
Extensive Modulation System
The modulation system on the Peak puts a 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments in the main controls, so that you can start to design deeper and more intricate patches to really transform your tones. Each voice has access to 3 ADSR envelopes and 2 LFO's and more modulation controls under the hood.
Everything is within easy access so that you're never just sitting there scratching your head, wondering how to get things linking up.
Live Performance Controls
In terms of performance, Peak offers a full variety of features and connections so that it can be a dynamic instrument in the stage environment.
You can hook up to your favourite gear, via a CV modulation input or 5pin Midi-IO. The Peak responds to polyphonic aftertouch, and two "Animate" buttons completely transform your patches in an instant so that you can really pack a punch onstage.
If there's no keyboard to hand You can create fantastic loops using the on-board arpeggiator, and you also have built-in Reverb, delay and chorus effects to add depth to your patches.
Like Novation's circuit series, the Peak can connect to a Mac/PC and use a desktop app called Components. This software allows you to create and save unlimited patches for the Peak, and more features are being developed all the time.
Peak Version 1.2 Firmware Update
On the 19th December 2018 Novation released the Peak v1.2 firmware update which adds several of the most requested features to the synth. This update features 43 new wavetables, two additional LFOs, a Hold stage and the ability to loop between Attack and Decay stages, microtuning support, intuitive workflow updates, as well as new presets in Components to show off the the new features of 1.2. With all this and more there's plenty to get stuck into with this update!
Novation Sound Collective
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2 year warranty
All Novation products come with a 24 month warranty from the point of purchase, if bought after October 2016. Visit Novation's site for more infomation.
- 42 Control knobs
- 8 35mm Sliders
- 1 Volume knob
- 2 Data encoders
- Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
- 30 Function buttons (not lit)
- 16 Function buttons (lit)
- 2 Animate buttons plus hold button
- 90 Indicator LEDs
- OLED display
- Kensington Security Slot
- Power switch
- Power supply connector
- USB socket for system / MIDI comms only (no bus-power)
- MIDI In / Out / Thru
- 2 1/4" jack socket for continuous or switched pedals
- 3.5mm jack socket for CV in
- 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs
- 1/4" jack socket for headphone output
- Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks
- Metal magnetic inset end pieces