Night ControllerNovation is well known for quality keyboards, MIDI controllers and synthesizers, whether it be hardware or software. Does Nocturn, the newest member of the Novation controller family, featuring the Automap system and a low price, live up to the brand’s reputation? Let’s take a look…
Novation Nocturn tech. sheet
Category:Other MIDI Control Surfaces
Added in our database on: 02/18/2008
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used for a week, I have already several control module (BCF 2000, fader port) and I of computer music, and therefore noon, for 25 years, I have seen many master control and other control surfaces .
My need is simple: a small control surface to make automation and control on the fly (I do not live) and my other VSTI VST plug-ins. So after searching my choice is the nocturn, small, little buttons, machine looks simple, cheap and famous automap that looks magical ...
I unpack and I settled in accordance with the procedure without other controllers plugged in USB, scan my automap VST, he sees all and I select short, everything goes well. I turn cubase, and nothing ... the nocturn recognizes only a few pluggins and its performance is far from optimal with these plug in my eyes ...
I'll look in the user forums, and I realize that I am far from being the only one bugged by this machine ...
Good second try, I uninstalled, and the broth first for me, the uninstall is disgusting, the nocturn leave lots of traces in your registry and hidden files everywhere ... argh it ennerve me! I clean everything properly and reinstall the dung to achieve the same result. I spend time with the manual to set the controls, it is not easy, natural, and in relation to the time spent with the result automap and uninteresting.
I told the okay, I'll just use midi. I turn off the automap, open ports noon, I open a VST with learn function, and nothing! ben m ... then! I try the same manipulation with the BCF and the fader port and everything works perfectly ...
So here is an object that seems well thought out and appealing against by the software layer (the automap) and implementation noon are simply pathetic. The use becomes heavy, not intuitive, automap is not self much less universal, takes hold of your plugins, IT integration is dirty, bad uninstalls, what I hate ...
Icing on the cake, it does not even noon ...
I'll be happy to stroke crushed mass, if I did not have money back guarantee ... you noticed, then it is a recent product, we find a lot of secondhand ridiculous prices, not everyone has the money back guarantee .... this is not a sign?
I use it for 2-3 years, mainly to manage settings for VST instruments, secondarily to manage the mix in Cubase.
The mixer in itself is good for its price / quality ratio, but precisely: at that price, it's plastic, it's cheap, the cross fader is a bit hard (should not buy it to scratch eh?) .
At the same time, it works, it seems to hold well over time.
What makes its real utility (but I do not think anyone was fooled) is the automap. This is purely awesome, it takes really good hand on the machine configuration.
/ Little off topic: I do not personally like the new version 4 of the automap, which seems less convenient and intuitive in its interface than version 3. /
We forget the blow it completely plastic so cheap it makes daily service!
Little originality: the central knob, which is supposed to serve all, quite useless.
In short, for the price there's no real competitor, and the software makes the essential mixer quickly (we quickly forget the mouse, and that, that was priceless!).
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prokimik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- How long have you use it?
I've had about a week. Handling not empty, less than the instantaneous BCR 2000, but more opportunities and finally flexibility.
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
As size, USB power, precision claret, rglages
The least I can not see, except the number of knobs, but the small number (8) involving the claret ngatif not really.
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir? BCR 2000, which I keep for practical reasons because it can be convenient to have many knobs at the same time. Although less flexible, and there is no question of carry around in his little backpack unlike the night.
- How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent. Good quality manufacturing it seems to me, and the product itself is worth every penny. Software included as well (Automap), very practical in the management of orders.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...