Novation MiniNova 37-Key Synthesizer with Vocoder

37-mini-key Synthesizer/Vocoder and USB Controller with Realtime Performance Controls, 14 Filter Types, 6 Envelope Generators, 3 LFOs, and Gooseneck Mic
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It's MiniNova!

Small yet beastly, Novation's MiniNova 37-mini-key synthesizer/vocoder gives you robust performance controls that let you tweak and warp 256 great-sounding onboard presets - and your voice - in real-time. Under the bonnet, MiniNova sports the same potent synth engine as its big brother UltraNova. String synth engine modules together in the 20-slot modulation matrix to create monster patches. Jam to patterns you create with the onboard arpeggiator. Connect MiniNova to your computer via USB and use it as a MIDI controller. Want boatloads of synth in a pint-sized package? You want Novation's MiniNova.

Novation MiniNova 37-mini-key Synthesizer/vocoder at a Glance:
  • Gets its attitude from its big brother
  • A beefy synth engine juiced with great-sounding effects
  • Knobs and buttons (oh, goody!)
Gets its attitude from its big brother

The Novation MiniNova is endowed with the same sound engine as its big brother, the UltraNova. It ships with 256 dynamite patches that you can tweak using five knobs - or completely warp with MiniNova's eight Animate buttons. MiniNova also sports an onboard voice-tune effect as well as a classic vocoder. The net result is a powerhouse of a synth in a tidy, trim package.

A beefy synth engine juiced with great-sounding effects

Novation's MiniNova has the beefiest synth engine ever put into such a compact synth. You get 14 waveforms (square, sine, sawtooth, pulse, and triangle, plus variations), 36 wavetables, plus 20 digital waveforms. Each of the three oscillators (per voice) sports Density/detune for fattening up sounds, Virtual Sync, and Hardness - which functions as an additional lowpass filter. Speaking of filters, MiniNova is fitted with 14 different types (you can run two simultaneously), six envelope generators, three LFOs, and a modulation matrix with 20 slots in which you can string synth engine modules together to create a sonic beast. Effects? Definitely. With MiniNova, you can add up to five effects to each voice - that includes distortion, reverb, compression, EQ, chorus/phase, delay, and Novation's proprietary Gator effect. Wow!

Knobs and buttons (oh, goody!)

Novation's MiniNova has unique and powerful sound-shaping capabilities for such a bantamweight. You get knobs, naturally, that let you tweak your sounds, but you can also "animate" sound using eight back-lit buttons that trigger mods in the synth engine that warp your patches in real-time as you play. There's a large knob for filter cutoff so no matter what else you are doing, you always have instant control over the filter. MiniNova also sports a 33-pattern arpeggiator, and you can use the eight buttons to jam with these patterns, creating completely new sequences (in real-time) in the process.

Novation MiniNova 37-mini-key Synthesizer/vocoder Features:
  • Massively powerful mini-synth with UltraNovasound engine
  • Voice-tune and classic vocoder effects
  • Tweak and warp your sounds in real-time
  • 256 amazing sounds onboard, instantly searchable
  • Layer up to five effects per voice
  • Comes with editing software and a software patch librarian
  • Run guitars andother instruments though the vocoder and effects
  • Also functions as a 37-key controller keyboard with MIDI I/O
The Novation MiniNova is a beastly little synth!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Mini
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 18 Notes
Number of Presets 256
Number of Effects 7
Effects Types Distortion, Reverb, Compression, EQ, Chorus/Phase, Delay, Gate
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x XLR, 1 x TRS
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x Headphones
USB 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
Height 2.95"
Width 23.2"
Depth 9.06"
Weight 6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MININOVA

Customer Reviews

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My go to synth

I've dreamed about having this synth for as long as I could remember, and finally being able to say I own it is just mesmerizing. This is my go to synth for anything when I'm just experimenting, and along with the right effects you can make the biggest sounds and so many of my favorite sounds I've made came from this. Don't think you're limited to anything because I've made everything from gnarly basslines to lush pads and stabby arps, this synth is so versatile and it's what I dreamed of and more. My only complaints would have to be minimal but noted, such as the onboard effects are not very strong. I use the raw sounds from the synth and every effect used on it is either native to my software or separate altogether. Another problem I've had has to do with my software but still worth noting, when I play an arp on the MiniNova it plays random notes and I know this is not a hardware issue as it does not do this at all when working internal but only when synced to the clock tempo. Maybe it's a bug I've yet to fix, but I've fiddled with everything from latency to master sync. All in all, despite my personal problem and the onboard effects, this synth does not disappoint and despite a lot of people saying it's a metallic and unwelcoming sound, you can make super warm sounds with it if you apply the right external effects to it. Would rate it 4.5 overall, but 5 for sound design when it comes to the right setup.

(Not A Chevrolet Chevy II)(Mini)-Nova SS (For Super Stunning)

This pint-size MIDI controller keyboard packs all that juice in its innards as claimed??? Are you ("expletive") kidding me? Not to mention, I never could hear anything THIS crystal clear! The vocoder... reflects my voice all the way down to the last detail! Take note, Marlboro Man! The keys look pretty and are a pleasure to press down. And what about the pitch-bend and modulation wheel pair? Need enough said? And the lighted buttons are bound to be the most gorgeous I have ever seen on a MIDI keyboard! Now that's what I call a great holiday gift!
Music background: As usual, musician, composer, writer, accordionist and keyboardist... the list goes on...


This unit packs everything I need! Great job Novation!

sides are not plastic but not real wood!

took the side ends off with hex key and they look like a pressed wood like on a cheap computer stand. they have a lamenent over them to simulate a wood finish. not sure why they did not use the real thing? looks like more work to make them look but it is not plastic. it's a great synth anyways. I will make real wood sides for it though soon. microkorg wins on that note!
Music background: pro

Amazing Original Dirty Snyth

I've owned lot's of keyboards over the years, but this one stands out. This is not a mainstream keyboard but more of a professional niche keyboard. What I like most about this keyboard is it's character. It's sounds are easily changeable and the sounds are dark and explosive. I am a video producer who writes music for the commercials I produce. The music I created for my lasted commercials had everyone asking how did I create such awesome sounding music. I proudly pointed at the MiniNova.
Music background: Video Producer, Pro Musician, Photographer, Compositor

Sweetwater Advice

Andrew Teeple

As a professional musician and songwriter, the Novation MiniNova has been invaluable while I'm on the road. It gives me all the massive bass and soaring leads of its big brother UltraNova in a keyboard that will fit in my backpack! Awesome!

Carson McClain

The Novation MiniNova picks up where the MicroKorg left off. Affordable, lightweight, portable, and a completely unique and different soundset when compared to other boards similar to it. The highlights of this board are all easily accessible and not buried in menus. Just 30 minutes with this little beauty and you will fall in love (until you meet her bigger sister, ULTRANOVA!).
See also: Novation, Novation Synthesizers