A powerful performance synth with the same sound engine as the UltraNova.
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...
A powerful performance synth with the same sound engine as the UltraNova.
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 it's big brother - the UltraNova - 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 voice-tune 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 with 33 patterns. You can use the 8 buttons to jam with these patterns, 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 voice-tune - or the 'Cher' effect. This means you can talk into the mic and play the tune you want your voice to follow on the keyboard. 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, EQ and 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.
An incredible mini synth. Apart from having just amazing default patches, it is just really easy to use and because of the way it is set up it means you can do a lot of changes while playing. Plus having that large cutoff knob is just a great feature
Good, modern bread-and-butter subtractive modelling synth with loads of waveforms, filters and modulation possibilities. Lots of performance controls for live use. Novation also supply sounds for the synth on their website, so you can turn it into a Supernova if you wish. The arpeggiator really brings it to life when you're tweaking. It sounds deep and good for bass. It does organs and electric pianos passably well, but its strength lies in evolving pads, chunky bass, sequenced bleeps and distinctive leads. Not many onboard FX, but lots of routing options. Integrates with your DAW like a plug-in for fast editing too.
Well the sound is okey. It has issues in form of strange bugs that took me ages to fix. And build quality isn't superb... So some encoders started jumping and I don´t use it much any longer. Also mini keys aren't optimal for playing...
I've read reviews, heard demos and I was a bit discouraged from buying it because "digital is not as good as analog" but I now have my MiniNova and it is exceeding my expectations, you just need to make the right patch to make it sound analog.
As the saying goes Great things come in small pacsges the mininova is one of the best mini synths , though the keys are minuatureits very powerful engine and quality tones jus rip it off . Great for live musicians but if you need a normal sized keys go for the Ultranova otherwise a great pacage all togather ...
I was looking for a small synths to use at my gigs. So, I was also eyeing the MicroKorg for quite a while. But I ultimately went with the MiniNova, after reading some comparisons between these two synths in different forums. The bottom line was, that many loved the MicroKorg for it's warmer sound, but the MiniNova comes with a more capable synth engine. Eventually, I bought a mint MiniNova off Craigslist for a great price. All I can say is, that I am impressed with its capabilities. 3 Oscillators, effect chain with 5 slots, Vocoder and much more! The software editor unveils the whole potential, but you have to make sure to install the VST in the correct folder, otherwise your DAW won't ever find it. I noticed, that some keys are not releasing, when I use it with the VST. This issue does not occur, when the Synth not connected to the PC, however. I love, that it has a USB port. When I want to do some sound design, I just grab my laptop, The MiniNova and some headphones. No need for a MIDI interface dangling around. A drawback is the small keyboard, which will take me a while to get used to, I guess. Generally, I have to explore the synth further, to write a more accurate review. But for now i would give it a 4 star.
For its size, this synth is simply great. It can create a vast array of sounds and is perfect for almost any genre. The menus seem a little complicated to start with but are simple once you get used to them. It is great for live performances due to the animate buttons, making it very easy to tweak your sounds on the fly.
At first I regretted buying this because I couldn't get the VST to work properly- no sound while editing the instrument. Then I found it was a local echo midi thing and all was fine. I still kind of think I shouldn't have bought it because it's essentially a wavetable vst except in a hardware form but without the full ability to edit the sound on the machine itself, and I have serum, massive and z3ta+2 for making sounds on the pc.
In the end though the factory patches are quite fun and it's a useful smallish keyboard to explore ideas with when inspiration strikes. In fact the best thing about the mininova is that it makes a handy compact midi controller for the pc. The novation launchkey 61 turned out to be a bit too big for my pc setup.