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Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

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Portable Digital Synthesizer

The UltraNova was a well-built homage to Novation’s past and a bold step into the future, but its large form factor made it inaccessible to those with more constrained desk space. Fitting the features you expect and a few surprises into a device that slots easily into your pre-existing set-up, the Novation MiniNova Synthesizer enables you to fully navigate the sonic spectrum without leaving your home studio.

Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Basic Functions

After selecting one of the included 384 patches, start riffing through three octaves across the 37 note keyboard. To customize every keystroke, you can adjust the velocity sensitivity of each key. The real fun comes through tweaking the four performance knobs, adjusting the pitch and modulation wheels, and adding effects to your selected patch. Once you’ve found just the right tone, the MiniNova remembers your settings and you can store up to 128 additional patches in the hardware.

Novation MiniNova Synthesizer
Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Additional Features

For further customization, you can apply pass filters, waveforms, and a 33-pattern arpeggiator as needed. To add vocals to the mix, the MiniNova includes a gooseneck microphone and a built-in vocoder that comes with all the effects and settings you need to fully explore your voice. Also featuring eight back-lit rubber pads, able to run off USB or DC power, and built with enough inputs and outputs to function as your audio interface, the Novation MiniNova Synthesizer packs a world of power into an easily transported device.

Novation MiniNova Synthesizer

Product Demo


  • Novation
  • Synth Engine
  • Up to 18 note polyphony
  • 3 oscillators, 1 noise generator, and 2 ring modulators per patch
  • 20 waveforms including square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, and 9 x saw/pulse combinations
  • 36 wavetables
  • 2 filters per patch
  • Low pass, band pass, and high pass filters
  • Modulation sources: 20 modulation slots per patch, 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs, aftertouch, velocity, key scaling/track, mod wheel, and expression pedal
  • 5 effects slots per patch: distortion, compressor, chorus/phase, delay, reverb, gator, and EQ
  • VocalTune
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator with 33 patterns
  • Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
  • Chord function to lock up to 10 notes
  • Store up to 384 patches on hardware
  • Hardware
  • 16 character custom LCD
  • Large detented patch select encoder
  • Patch sort switch
  • Volume dial
  • Detented data encoder
  • 5 navigation/utility buttons
  • 2 patch navigation buttons
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with adjustable velocity
  • 4 smooth edit/performance pots
  • Large smooth filter pot
  • Six-position parameter selector switch
  • 6 parameter indicator LEDs
  • 8 back-lit function buttons
  • 2 animate/arpeggiate LED indicators
  • Back-lit Hold button
  • Animate/arpeggiator/favorite patch toggle switch
  • Favorite patch select button
  • Arpeggiator tempo control pot
  • Arpeggiator tempo indicator LED
  • 2 back-lit arpeggiator control encoders
  • 2 back-lit octave select buttons
  • USB or DC powered
  • Kensington Lock port
  • Inputs: XLR mic, 1/4 in (6.3 mm), MIDI, sustain pedal
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4 in (6.3 mm), headphone 1/4 in (6.3 mm) MIDI
  • 22.04 x 2.95 x 9.84 in (560 x 75 x 250 mm)
  • 5.55 lbs (2.52 kg)


  • USB cable
  • Power adapter with North American plug
  • Gooseneck microphone
  • MiniNova Software Editor
  • MiniNova Patch Librarian
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation Bass Station softsynth
  • Loopmasters sample pack (1 GB)


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is May 8, 2015 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

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