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Novation Ultranova

Post by crofter » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:36 pm

This just announced,
http://www.novationmusic.com/products/h ... ultranova/
kind of supped up Xio I expect.

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Syn303 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:51 pm

i see a pattern developing here - Microkorg > Miniak > Ultranova
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by RD9 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:09 pm

I was about to rant about the knob count haha ... but I got distracted by the touch button behavior. I wonder how well that works.

Not sure about you guys, but I'm not really into this "performance mode" trend that Korg is into as well. Hm...

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Syn303 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:19 pm

There is always a x0xb0x to touch, and i do mean touch it... Of course this may only be just a one-off x0xb0x?

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by shaft9000 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:20 pm

uhhh...I smell 'legacy association fail"
the most 'legendary' thing about the Supernova was the UI & arpeggiator - and both are seriously cut-down here. It wasn't the sound or anything else, just ease of use that made SN2 good.

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Hugo76 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:42 pm

Should've been four part multi timbral + a programmable arpeggiator (available for all parts).

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Yekuku » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:02 pm

The specs seem cool, but reducing the amount of knobs and dropping the touchpad & Joystick control is a shame.
The suggested price is 500 GBP, it is not so expensive but I 'd rather stick to my supernova.
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Dubersive » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:12 pm

Might as well have called it a "MicroNova."
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by paugui » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:26 pm

Seems pretty cool.

I just have to disagree with something said before, I think the Supernova sound is pretty good, for nice UI I'd much rather have a Nord Lead 3.
But a similar interface to the Supernova II would be much better.

Maybe will get one later, if it has a really nice sound and I need a synth that doesn't take too much space.
Or maybe will wait for a multi-timbral version of it ;)

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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Alex E » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:30 pm

Saw this this morning. Looks really cool, reminds me of a Quasimidi Sirius. But that's all... it looks cool and I know I could just buy a Supernova II rack for the same price.
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by balma » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:46 pm

Wavetables are no longer the dark side of digital sample-based synthesis. They became...."mainstream"?

Not interested anymore :(
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by seamonkey » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:08 pm

Yeah, I quit using my synths when they started putting sampled saw waves in romplers. :lol:
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:22 am

37 keys only, no controller features, no XY pad are a step backwards from the xio :(

More FX, touch knobs, better MIDI, SPDIF out, LCD displays, lighted switches are all cool 8-)

Kind of a mixed bag, wonder if the xio or X-Station are headed for extinction :?
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by pricklyrobot » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:07 am

RD9 wrote: ... but I got distracted by the touch button behavior. I wonder how well that works.
How long before it breaks, and how hard will it be to track down the special encoders, is my question.

Doesn't seem radically different from any other matrix-style editing where you have buttons to select different parameter sets for a relatively small number of knobs, unless I'm missing something.

Also, touchscreens are s**t. I don't like them at the bank machine or the grocery store; why would I want them on my synth? Give me tactile feedback any day!
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Re: Novation Ultranova

Post by Ashe37 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:41 am

meatballfulton wrote:37 keys only, no controller features, no XY pad are a step backwards from the xio :(

More FX, touch knobs, better MIDI, SPDIF out, LCD displays, lighted switches are all cool 8-)

Kind of a mixed bag, wonder if the xio or X-Station are headed for extinction :?
X-station has been headed that way awhile, many places haven't had the >25 key xstations in months.

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