Keyboard synthesizer with the Nova synthesizer engine and a vocoder. There's a new "Touch" performance system. With 300 onboard patches you can play and perform with UltraNova right out of the box. But it also has a powerful synth engine derived from a classic big-synth: the Supernova II. UltraNova also has a 12-band vocoder and ships with a dynamic gooseneck microphone. UltraNova is easy to program, since each part of the synth is accessed by a button that brings up all the parameters. Creating huge new sounds is what UltraNova does best: along with 14 conventional waveforms and 36 wavetables, you have a total of 5 effects slots for each sound! UltraNova's density and density-detune function enables you to fatten-up your patches, and the modulation capacity is enormous. The software editor enables detailed visual editing of UltraNova on your Mac or PC. Vocoder UltraNova has a 12-band vocoder and ships with a dynamic gooseneck microphone. In addition to putting your voice through the vocoder (via the microphone) you can also process other sounds by putting instruments - or pretty much anything into UltraNova's stereo line inputs on the back panel. Animate - Touch-sense performance Shaping and exploring sounds with encoders and buttons is a massive part of being creative with synths. UltraNova has evolved the idea of hands-on sound shaping, allowing you to get deeper and more creative physical control of the synth engine. By pressing Touch in the Animate section, you engage a mode that triggers envelopes and sound-shaping destinations by simply touching any of the touch-sensitive encoders. These destinations could be oscillator pitch, sync, hardness, filter distortion, cutoff, resonance, effects parameters, send levels - to name but a few. (By pressing Tweak you can switch back to conventional rotary control and assign 8 of your most frequently used parameters to the encoders for instant access). This allows you to access parameters that may otherwise buried deep in the synth's architecture, creating totally new performance options. You can assign these however wish to any of UltraNova's 8 touch sensitive encoders, and you can touch more than one at a time. Nova-series synth engine based on Supernova II: Single part with up to 18 voices, 14 filter types, 36 wavetables, 5 effect slots Patch Browse enables you to browse 300 sounds by type and genre Touch-sense controls enable totally new sound-shaping and performance: Trigger envelopes/LFOs/filters/FX by just touching the encoders Large rotary control instantly allows you fine control of any parameter Totally gig-able with 37 full sized keys, a vocoder, and loads of controls: Voice-optimized 12-band vocoder with gooseneck mic High-quality key bed with aftertouch for expressive playing styles Software plug-in editor and Patch Librarian for full visual editing: Plug-in editor allows you to view and edit in with software Software Patch Librarian a organize, store and share unlimited patches Built-in 2 in 4 out USB audio interface and it can be bus powered: UltraNova can be used to stream audio to and from a host computer Stereo main (analog and SPDIF) and aux outputs, and MIDI in/out/thru ports Specifications Synth engine: Up to 18-note polyphony (dynamic voicing) Mono-Timbral Per patch: 3 oscillators Noise generator 2 ring modulators Waveforms include: ¢ Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw/pulse combinations 20 digital waveforms 36 wavetables Filter types: 2 filters per patch low-pass no resonance 6dB per octave low-pass 12dB low-pass 18dB low-pass 24dB bandpass 6:6 bandpass 6:12 bandpass 12:6 bandpass 6:18 bandpass 18:6 bandpass 12:12 high-pass, no resonance 6dB per octave high-pass 12dB high-pass 18dB high-pass 24dB Sources: 20 modulation slots per patch 6 envelope generators 3 LFOs. Aftertouch Velocity Key scaling/track Mod wheel Expression pedal Total of 66 Destinations including: Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, level and sync Filter cutoff, resonance, envelope settings Effects parameters and send levels Recursive modulation (modulating modulation sources themselves) 5 Effects slots per patch Distortion - up to 2 instances Compressor - up to 2 instances Chorus/Phase - up to 4 instances Delay - up to 2 instances Reverb - up to 2 instances Gate EQ 12 band vocoder Arpeggiator: 33 patterns Chord function: lock up to 10 notes Patch storage up to 512 on hardware (ships with 300 factory patches) Hardware: 44-character LCD detented touch sensitive encoders 1 large, smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons) 1 large patch select/speed dial encoder 2 volume & monitor mix dials 39 LED lit/indicated buttons Pitch wheel (LED lit) Modulation wheel (LED lit) 37-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch XLR dynamic mic input 2 - 1/4" jack inputs 2 - 1/4" jack outputs 2 - 1/4" jack aux outputs 1 - 1/4" jack headphone output SPDIF digital output on RCA connector Expression pedal on 1/4"jack input Sustain pedal on 1/4" jack input MIDI in/out/thru 12-volt power input USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB) Kensington Lock port
My humble setup Also a Ultranova and a pair of SDE2500s (but too messy to photograph at the moment)
...enough that I feel like it’s worth having. Digital, for the most part I’m happy doing it ITB. The Ultranova and Micromonsta sound great to me as well, but no better than a dozen other VSTs. Now, if you’re gigging, then I get having the hardware, but me in my studio? Waste of space....
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