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Sonic LAB: Novation Ultranova Synthesizer Review
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tobeng    Said...

would not mind a blofeldish desktop version of this, sounds interesting and the editor looks nice but no way im using the display one the keyboard.

good review thanks!

18-Feb-11 12:18 PM

Nick B    Said...

Interesting idea - the desktop version, would be pretty useful as the keyboard is quite small anyhow.

18-Feb-11 12:21 PM

WaveFormTX    Said...

Thank you very much for this review. I see now it is NOT a repackaged K-station. Question: Can you use the inputs as a carrier signal into the vocoder or is it hardwired to the synth? Also would love to see a comparison battle between this and the other synths in it's price range, ie: GAIA, Venom, Blofeld, Radius, etc.

18-Feb-11 04:03 PM

Nick B    Said...

Hi TX, thats a good question, I will check. Shootouts are tricky, they take a lot of work and I dont have all of those synths on hand, I DO have the Venom - its next in line

18-Feb-11 04:58 PM

Robocode    Said...

Nick, can you ask Novation if they would make a rack-version with 2-Part Multimode ? But i know such companies don't care about consumer's suggestions.

19-Feb-11 08:28 AM

Harrison Chord    Said...

Nick, what do you mean with "basses are perhaps its weakest card" ? the presets or a user-sound after hours of programing with using all parameters like attack-slop, compressor.I ask because Virus-bass sounds weak too without such parameters.

19-Feb-11 08:38 AM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Great review, as usual. Very impressed by what it can do and how it sounds; esp. the envelopes and lfo's. For the rest, I know how to convert pound and usd, but it would be nice if you could include euro prices... :-)

20-Feb-11 08:50 PM

Benedict Johnson    Said...


I clearly know nothing about Novation. A few years ago, I had the misfortunte to buy a Xiosynth after many happy years with my sadly de-funked Bass Station. I was so disapointed by the promise of the Xiosynth I thought I'd never forgive horrible Novation!

This UltraNova appears in the form of a blue box of Touch-buttoned redemption! I played one recently in South Korea and was blown apart. I don't know much about synthesis but I recognise the benefit of all those LFOs/envelope modulations to the sound. The preset patches seem to be in constant motion, giving a rolling, animated feeling of energy. Plus everything not directly related to sound looks useful in it's own right. What a product! Novation are back in my good books. Darn - just when I was ready to invest in a Spectrasonics laptop-rig.

Now I wanna see the Venom review!

21-Feb-11 02:27 AM

JD New Zealand    Said...

Hey Nick

How long does it take you to research one of these pieces of kit before making the vid? You seem to get under the hood and into to the fine machinery. I OWN synths that I don't seem to know as deeply

01-Mar-11 04:49 PM

herbert farrington    Said...

nice review but then NICK IS MY GO-TO GUY FOR REVIEWS. he is always SPOT ON. he is honest and delivers his message with a nonstopness that makes me wonder if he is reading from a monitor. so this is a review of the REVIEWER. KEEP IT UP NICK...and also, you are one sexy man! (oh my god that was so gay).

13-Feb-12 05:47 AM

Gordo    Said...

I bought an Ultranova 3 months ago and am impressed by its depth and ability both as a synth and an Automap-enabled controller. It has Aftertouch on the keys which nothing else has at this price point, has a built in audio interface, and runs on bus power. In the USA sale prices are as low as $500 from time to time. For what you get it's a good deal, like getting a junior Virus at 20% of the price.

I agree with Nick that the presets don't show off the synth's sounds to best effect, but tweaking is easy, especially with the free editor that works as a VST to your DAW. And Novation has released some decent free sound packs for the Ultranova (and promise more this year) that really do impress, like the one from Daniel Fisher:

Fisher will be releasing more free packs for the UN this year too.

If the goal is performance it’s a great synth to start with and you won’t quickly grow out of it as it’s a monster synth engine. Can you tell I like it? :)

13-Feb-12 10:10 AM

JJ    Said...

Hi Nick, just seen your great review. Extremely useful in my part of the world ie India where there are hardly any stores to walk into for a touch and feel experience and then decide. Both the UN and the GAIA look great in the reviews and am confused on which one to pick up. Help! Thanks

02-Dec-12 12:19 PM

Bobby L    Said...

Hi Nick, First off thank you for the reviews and your wit, I purchased the Ultranova and Love it! I just watched the Korg Microstation Review and I'm picking that one up this weekend! Keep up the great work!

15-Feb-13 03:31 PM

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