Novation Supernova II
Novation Supernova II

Supernova II, Analog Modeling Synth from Novation in the Nova series.

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lcarre10 11/29/2013

Novation Supernova II : lcarre10's user review

«  And supernova 2 for FUN! »

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Synth analog modulation with impressive features:
3 osc, 1 noise, possibility of 3 operators FM
2 ADSR envelopes,
Filters 12, 18, 24 db + comb filter ...
Complete FX section: rev its own keys, ditto for deadlines and other vocoder +
1 arpeggiator by
The multitimbral is 16 polyphonic 24 voice expandable up to 64 voice pro version.
Programs 1024 and 512 combinations.

Keyboard 61 semi weighted keys, sensitive aftertouche and velocity.
Many controllers facade: a = a function controller.
Many outputs on the back of SN2 + midi in, out, thru. an input for the vocoder.


Ergonomics is the strong point of SN2: One button, one function for 95% of them. Some menus for further but essential research your sound programming will be done from the control surface is a joy. And then, as soon as the fate of the card, it puts the first preset and it is surprising to grind it on the first half-hour without listening to other sounds ... Brilliant.
The other strong point is provided by FATAR, the keyboard is excellent, the best I've had in my little fingers. The black keys are long and slightly grainy and reduce the risk of skidding, which often happens to me during trac ... This is an incredible pleasure to play on this synth. I think it's the same kind of keyboard that the E-synth from E-mu I tried and had really really liked.
Two points, however, have laid me more difficulties: first, the manual is in English, found in French unless we take the translation of the nova. There is hell to certain functions such as programming the arpeggiator, which is the second "black" issue. Programming is really confusing and I struggled to understand how it works.
I finally put a slight damper on the quality of the knobs. Values ​​do not necessarily follow nickel but nothing nasty.


While thinking sounds of SN2. Broad debate on the forums. Mmon personal opinion amateur musician: I find the sounds tops in tops. Having never owned one of his illustrious ancestors analog (minimoog, prophet, CS ...), I can not make a comparison on the sound spectrum that emerges from analog modeling. However, I can say that the sounds are powerful, they cover a wide horizon sound (bass, pads, piano EP, brass, fx ...), envelopes slam, as the filters. We arrive back to the sounds of our artists reference. Arpeggios allow small kidding good techno.
Combi mode and the multitimbral possible to obtain the complexity, rich sound and scalable as it should.
The problem, as there is one: the reverb that is metal and there is no need to be an expert, it's too obvious. ENTERING A so sparingly for amateurs. Deadlines are tops and allow to air the sound. The flanges, phaser and distortion do the job. The vocoder is not bad, experiment! But you can not touch the tape, shame ...


I played on the SN2 for 5 years. Five years of happiness to discover the excellent sounds of this synth. This is the most powerful on which it has been my synth to play up buying my kronos but that's another story ...
It is a beautiful synth robust, bluish that exudes quality workmanship. I think Dave Smith was the part before creating his own box. He laid a beautiful Machine I repeat myself opening a wide spectrum of sounds that can be used in many predominantly electro style.
What I like most: the look, the control surface, touch excellent, sounds
What I like least: the metallic reverb, sometimes some complex functions: eg arp mode.
In 2001, the value was very ok considering the impressive capabilities of the machine. Competition was less than today.
Is what I would do this choice today? L'argus 900 € is still a little high I think. But between € 500 and € 700 (for pro and platinum Version) yes well I should rest my fingers on this wonderful keyboard ... It offers the playability and creativity, and that is all that is asked.