Novation Launchkey Mini – Overview

September 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Launchkey Mini is an exciting new compact mini-key instrument/controller featuring 16 velocity sensitive, three colour illuminated launch pads – use them to launch loops, sounds, effects, transport controls, and more.

Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls, seven function buttons, and a further two performance buttons. Compact and portable, Launchkey Mini is great for producing and performing at home or on stage.


Launchkey Mini key features:

‘Go anywhere, play anywhere’
- Ultra-lightweight and easy to carry
- Fully powered by iPad® or USB

• 25-note mini-keyboard
• 16 velocity sensitive, three colour launch pads
• Knobs and buttons for total control
• Fully-integrated with Novation apps for iPad
• Hands-on control of included synths and music software on Mac and PC

For more details, check out the product page here:
http://global.novationmusic.com/midi-…

Performance courtesy of Peter Lyons -

Hands on with the Novation Bass Station II

August 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ProAudio creates a short track while exploring the features of the new Novation Bass Station II. Check out this video demonstrating the flexibility and mobility of this affordable digitally controlled analog monophonic synthesizer.

From Novations Website:
“Bass Station II is an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station but re-worked for the 21st century. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analogue effects section. Add a step sequencer, arpeggiator, full sized keys and a powerful modulation section and you have the makings of a synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more.”

Joseph Colmenero shows you a fast and easy way to create your own custom drum sounds using the Novation Bass Station II analog synthesizer.

Making the wobble bass sound effect is as easy as 1-2-3. This is an unnecessarily long video tutorial showing how its done.

21 Years Of Novation – Feature

August 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This year Novation celebrate 21 years of instrument making.
“Who better to take us through the history and evolution of Novation instruments?
Why Nick Bookman of course – you may remember him from the Bass Station 2 in depth.”

Novation // Bass Station II Performance

August 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Bass Station II analogue synthesizer performance

Bass Station II overview: http://bit.ly/BS-II

Bass Station II is an analogue mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station but re-worked for the 21st century. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analogue effects section. Add a step sequencer, arpeggiator, full sized keys and a powerful modulation section and you have the makings of a synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more.

Bass Station II key features:
• Analogue synth: brand new version of the classic Bass Station
• Two distinct analogue filters
• Load and save patches
• Pattern-based Step Sequencer and Arpeggiator
• Dedicated Tweakable Controls
• Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator
• Analogue effects section
• Flexible modulation featuring 2 Envelopes and 2 LFOs
• MIDI I/O and USB connectivity
• Players ‘synth-action’ keyboard with aftertouch

Novation Bass Station 2
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/novation-bass…

Minibrute, Monotribe, MiniNova

August 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Arturia MiniBrute (not shown in the video) is running its arpeggiator and sending its notes as gate pulses to Korg Monotribe (Sync in). Monotribe plays the drum sequence and also the bass notes with some Sample & Hold modulation on the filter. The lead is a custom preset for the Novation MiniNova.

Novation updates the vocoder on the UltraNova

July 17, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vocoder-Update

Novation has overhauled the vocoder on its flagship UltraNova hardware synthesizer. The free firmware update comes with 17 vocoder patches which are new to UltraNova, and is available, free of charge, to all UltraNova owners.

The UltraNova vocoder is a 12 band vocoder that can be fed by the included gooseneck microphone or other instruments via stereo line inputs. The overhauled vocoder algorithm improves the sound and performance of UltraNova’s vocoder.

Other updated features include:

  • Separation and spread controls for moving the bands
  • Formant freeze
  • Adjustable band resonance and decay time
  • Vocoder runs at full bandwidth

Pricing and availability. The update for the UltraNova is available now, and free to all UltraNova owners, who can download the latest installer, which includes the firmware update, at this link. Additional free artist and sound-designer soundpacks – including banks from the original Supernova and Supernova II synths – available to download at this link.

UltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the Supernova II synth engine, and “packing it” with the latest technology. The UltraNova now has features which include wavetable synthesis, more powerful filters, a software editor and a “revolutionary” new touch-sense performance mode.

ChipBeat “POLYGUN” (preview) // KORG Poly800 & Novation Drumstation Demo track

June 29, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

ChipBeat “POLYGUN” (preview) // KORG Poly-800 & Novation Drumstation Demo track
(Trier Juni 2013)

Focusrite & Novation // In the studio with Teddy Riley

June 8, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Focusrite & Novation present: In the studio with Teddy Riley

We spent a day with Teddy, where he showed us around Future Recording Studios 2 and played us a brand new version of Guy’s 1988 hit ‘Teddy’s Jam’ on the Novation MiniNova.

Teddy Riley has always had the cutting edge on production. Highlights of his career include forming R&B super groups Guy and Blackstreet, co-producing and co-engineering Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album (which has sold over 32 million copies) winning Riley a Grammy for Best Engineering non-classical. He has produced countless landmark records, such as the LP “Make it Last” Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown’s ‘My Perogative’, Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”, Blackstreet “No Diggity”, The Hip Hop Classic “The Show”, “Rugrats” The Movie and hit after hit for the late Heavy D and a long list of others.

Novation MiniNova Overview:
http://novationmusic.com/hardware-syn
MiniNova is a compact, super-cool studio and live synth with the same sound engine as its big brother; UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs, or totally warp with eight ‘animate’ buttons. It has up to 18 voices with as many as five synth effects on each sound. MiniNova also has an onboard VocalTune™ effect as well as a classic vocoder so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.

Novation SL MkII Overview:
http://novationmusic.com/midi-control
SL MkII is the advanced range of USB/MIDI controllers from Novation. They have been designed to give you complete control over your music making software. We have worked with each of the main DAWs to make sure each of the 56 knobs, faders and buttons control the things in your software that you need them to control including directly access to your plug-in instruments and FX (you also get an Italian made, semi-weighted keyboard mechanism).

Focusrite Control 2802 Overview:
http://focusrite.com/consoles/control
Control 2802 is a super-flexible analogue console and an Ethernet-based DAW control surface in one. Precision analogue audio architecture delivers a superb, big studio sound, while Control 2802 demonstrates extraordinarily versatile routing capability, with cues and auxes available to provide up to 32 mix inputs and a DAW-integrated two-part in-line-style channel. Ethernet-connected HUI control layer allows DAW operation right from the console. There’s no other small-format console quite like Control 2802: nothing sounds like it, and nothing offers this level of design sophistication, flexibility and control.

Novation KS4 / KS5 synthesizer – Dreamy ambient chillout arpeggiator synth demo

May 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Using an enhanced version of the K-Station sound engine, the KS4 (four octave keyboard) and the KS5 (five octaves) offer many additional features and benefits.

The keyboards have aftertouch, are semi-weighted, and each of the 33 knobs and sliders transmit MIDI. There is four part multi-timbral operation with four individual assignable outputs. A big plus is a separate effects section for each part – a unique Novation feature from the Supernova. Also featured are 4 Arpeggiators and 16 note polyphony with a 16 band Vocoder.

ksrack

The KS-synths have 3 oscillators which provide sawtooth, triangle, sine, pulse width modulation and other waveforms. There’s even a simple FM synth engine which can be dialed in for sharpening the sound. Oscillators may be set to Unison or Sync’d operation and a Noise source is also included in the waveform engine. There is a nice low-/band-/high-pass resonant filter with switchable 12 or 24dB/oct slopes and ADSR controls. A second ADSR envelope is available for the amp, as well as two LFOs with sample-and-hold and MIDI sync.

On-board effects include reverb and delay/chorus/flanger. Their send levels can be controlled by the Mod wheel which is a nice effect. A 12-band vocoder is also on-board for processing external mono sounds such as drum loops or vocals. Pads sound great when vocoded with external sounds. External sounds can also be used as an oscillator, run through the filters, envelopes, etc. with much better results than were possible on the original Bass Stations.

Ambient synth demo on Novation KS4 – KS5 synthesizer, playing chilllout arpeggiator music. The Novation KS4 / KS5 is a great synth keyboard for piano players to expand their musical horizons. :)

In this demo I’m utilizing 3 oscillators, arpeggiator, envelope, filter, resonance, LFO and reverb and delay effects.

Performed live, no external processing.

Novation KS4 / KS5 synth demo – Ambient, dreamy and relaxing drone meditation mood music

May 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Novation KS4/KS5 synth demo — playing ambient, dreamy and relaxing drone meditation / chillout mood music.

Utilizing 3 oscillators, reverb, delay, chorus, filter/envelope adjustments, distortion and minor LFO changes.

Performed live, no external processing. Excerpt from a longer session.

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