Novation UltraNova

37-key Synthesizer, USB Controller & Audio Interface with Touch-sensitive Encoders, Built-in Vocoder, and Included Gooseneck Microphone
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When you buy an UltraNova from Sweetwater, we'll pre-install the latest OS and pre-load all the UltraNova Soundpacks into the the empty D Bank. This gives you 73 additional new sounds along with a 5-page Performance Guide that shows you what to do with every knob, button, and wheel for every one of the patches. We also include a CD-ROM with the latest UltraNova Editor (Mac/PC), UltraNova Librarian (Mac/PC), as well as the exciting V4 of Automap (Mac/PC).
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An Analog-modeled Synth with Automap!

Novation has done a lot for the keyboard world. Their Nova and SuperNova synths are cult classics, and the innovative Automap technology made great strides toward simplifying MIDI setups. Now you can have both the power of an analog-modeled synth and Automap in one unit, known simply as UltraNova. Boasting wavetable synthesis, 14 filter types, six envelopes, a trio of LFOs, effects, and a whole lot more, UltraNova is a very powerful sound-creation tool.

Of course, with this level of power and control onboard, you need a clean and clear means of control. Novation answers with dedicated buttons for each part of the synth which are linked to eight encoders. These encoders give the UltraNova a very analog-type vibe. Any synth worth its salt is inspiring to play, and UltraNova takes it to the next level with its "Touch" performance system, which allows you to trigger envelopes, filters, LFOs, and effects by simply touching the encoders. A vocoder and included mic give you even more options. But that's not all! UltraNova is also equipped with a 2-in/4-out USB audio interface (you can also draw bus power through the USB port!) that can stream audio to and from your computer.

Novation UltraNova 37-key Synthesizer Features at a Glance:
  • 144 character LCD
  • 8x detented touch sensitive encoders
  • 1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
  • 1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
  • 2x 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
  • 2x 1/4" jack inputs
  • 2x 1/4" jack outputs
  • 2x 1/4" jack aux outputs
  • 1x 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 (AC adapter included)
  • 2 x 4 audio interface USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
A powerful synth and much more with the UltraNova from Novation!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, 8 x Encoders
Polyphony 18 Notes
Number of Presets 300
Number of Effects 14
Effects Types Distortion, Compressor, Chorus, Delay, Reverb
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 2 x TS, 1 x XLR (Mic)
Audio Outputs 4 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 1 x Expression, 1 x Sustain
Power Supply Bus Powered, 12 V DC, 1250 mA (Included)
Weight 7.93 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ULTRANOVA

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 17 reviews
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5/5

Powerhouse of a Synth!

Wow! This thing is amazing! I like to create unique sounds in my music. The Ultra Nova helps me do this with ease. I love how ez it is to hook up to my computer programs as midi and make clear recordings. Just plug and play after you set it up the first time. I use Mixcraft and it works flawlessly. My favorite feature is the touch sensitive knobs! Great for creating unique sounds. Sweetwater is wonderful to deal with, we refuse to buy our stuff anywhere else. The staff always treat us like pros no matter what we buy and are VERY helpful. Plus they give good candy on every order! Love me some Sweetwater!
5/5

Fantastic Synth

This was my first hardware synth purchase in several years, as I've decided to get back into hardware (because of price and ease of use). I can't rave enough about the Ultranova. I wanted a synth that allowed me to get my hands dirty. I wanted to construct sounds with the intuitive ease of a soft synth, but have the hands-on tweakability of hardware. The Ultranova is just that. I could go on and on about this, but it would be regurgitating a lot of what you can find in the specs. I'll say this, the best thing about the Ultranova is the modulation possibilities. You have three LFOs, several envelopes (at least four, I currently forget the number) and you have 20 ways to route all these! So you can have LFO1 mapped to a filter or oscillator then map LFO2 to modulate the LFO1 frequency and then the LFO3 to modulate the LFO2 frequency (and so on) to create some very random sounding pads and FX. The VST is great too. Load it up in your DAW, create a separate AU channel, and there you go. You can record MIDI and audio at the same time, and use the VST to make adjustments to the sound if you don't feel like using the synth. This synth is worth every penny. The only knock is that it's not multitimbral, but there are ways around that.
Music background: Pro musician
5/5

Creative Monster

Beyond all of the extra features is the sound. I have built a custom pc(sort of my own version of a sound rack) dedicated to the massive amount of vst's that I own from omnisphere to komplete 7 to Nexus all of the Arturia stuff and so much more. I had been using a interface known for pretty decent conversion, but the sound out of it still felt like it was lacking. I decided that I would go with a hardware synth cause I wanted a fatter sound, so a friend told me about this synth. I was familiar with novation from their awesome controllers and automap. So when I read that this thing had automap on it (even in its limited stage automap is really handy) i was really interested. So I ran down to my nearest music store and started playing around on the demo, even through the whack monitors they had this thing hooked to it was sounding good. Now it was on par with the Roland Gaia and the Venom from M-Audio and the Korg synths they all had nice sounds but the reason I bought this one is because of the features. So when I got it home I hooked it up to my PC loaded all of the software, pulled up kore 2 loaded some of my performance patches with some of my fav plugins. hooked this thing up to some yamaha hs80ms and played a chord. WOW!!!! the sound that came out of the UltraNova interface was fat and lively. So this is what my soft synths were suppose to sound like huh. So then i started playing with that lil mix knob beside the volune knob and it started mixing in the sound capabillities of the UltraNova and yeah just like that I was up til 3 in the morning playing around with the mixture of software and hardware sound creation possibillities this thing provides. First I tweaked the UltraNova then switched to automap and tweaked the softsynth I was having so much fun I almost forgot that I had to be at work at 6 that morning.
Music background: Production, mixing and mastering engineer
5/5

Programming Powerhouse

We've all see the cons on the Ultranova, being monotimbrality, and lack of panel knobs, but seriously...practically every parameter can be accessed with a little menu diving, and add the VST/AU editor, you have a plethora of options to sculpt sound. Any sound. Modulation routings galore. Some of this stuff you'll only find on high end synths or modulars. Chris Huggett has designed a monster.
Music background: Sound Designer, Composer
5/5

Awesome, especially with VST control in studio

Novation is ahead of the curve with the integration of software and hardware in a very, very capable and versatile instrument. Analog modeling is pretty damn crisp and overall great value in any professional studio.
Music background: Production / Engineering

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The sounds on the Novation UltraNova are custom-tailored for the electronic musican who's looking for either genre-specific sounds or the ability to sculpt their own. If you produce Electro-Pop, Dubstep, Trance (or any genre requiring deep bass), then this is for you. It's got vocoding and complete sound control and manipulation. I love the touch response action of the UltraNova's rotary encoders. They allow instant access to what is usually a buried synth feature. This synth is sure to satisfy your synth appetite!

Nathan Malone

The Novation Ultranova is a piece that all serious electronic musicians should have! The sounds are incredible and the unit is extremely easy to get around.
See also: Novation, Novation Synthesizers