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June 2017

Novation Classic Synth Exhibition

A journey through the history of synthesizers

Thursday 18 12:00 - 1433620800 Sónar by Day
(P4 - Level 2 and 3)
Friday 19 12:00 - 1433620800 Sónar by Day
(P4 - Level 2 and 3)
Saturday 20 12:00 - 1433620800 Sónar by Day
(P4 - Level 2 and 3)

Novation are showcasing their rich history in synthesiser design by taking Sónar+D attendees through an interactive hands-on history of Novation synths. Starting with the original machines that Novation’s synth designer Chris Huggett designed in the late ’70s and early ’80s, through Huggett’s influential Novation synths from the ’90s, to the drum machines that inspired a decade of dance music to the current day. There will also be a pre-release version of the new Novation MoroderNova, designed for Giorgio Moroder, on display.

Wasp (1978)

Iconic black and yellow analogue monosynth from Electronic Dream Plant. One of the first synths to use digital technology to control its analogue oscillators.

Used by: 808 State, Dave Holmes, Vince Clarke, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), WhiteHouse, Chris Carter and Add N to (X).

Gnat (1980)

A single-oscillator version of the Wasp. Featured a proprietary control that predated MIDI and allowed users to connect several synthesizers together.

OSCar (1983)

Legendary monosynth from Oxford Synthesiser Company, and one of the most advanced programmable monosynths of its time. Less than 2000 units of this model were ever produced.Novation will give away one fully restored OSCar to one lucky attendee of MarketLab.

Some of the artists that have used the OSCar are: Hardfloor, Orbital, Ozric Tentacles, BT, Jean-Michel Jarre, Asia, Ultravox, Stevie Wonder, Sneaker Pimps, Keith Emerson, Sneaker Pimps, and Underworld.

Novation BassStation (1994)

Novation’s first monophonic analogue synthesiser, BassStation featured the same filter as the Wasp, plus flexible DCO oscillators and a warm analogue signal path that defined countless dance and electronic hits.

Thom Yorke, William Ørbit, Biosphere, Massive Attack, Orbital, Apollo 440, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Jimi Tenor, Laurent Garnier, ATB, Sneaker Pimps, Out of Logic and Underworld, are only some of its celebrity users.

Novation Super BassStation (1997)

The Super BassStation got an upgrade in 1997 adding an arpeggiator, noise source, ring modulator, an additional LFO, a sub-oscillator, analogue chorus and distortion effects, keyboard filter tracking, stereo outputs and panning, enhanced memory, analogue trigger signal output and more to the original design.

Novation Supernova (1998)

The worldwide classic analogue-modelling polyphonic synthesiser with 16+ note polyphony and multitimbral operation.

One important feature of the Supernova is the provision of multiple effects units which can be assigned to each timbre, allowing a much richer sound than had generally been possible with a multitimbral synthesizer. Orbital, ATB, The Faint, Sin, Jean-Michel Jarre and A Guy Called Gerald are only a few of its countless users.

A-Station (2001)

A cross between BassStation and Supernova, with 8-voice polyphony, a basic FM synthesis engine, reverb and delay, plus a 12-voice vocoder and arpeggiator.

K-Station (2002)

A 2-octave keyboard version of the A-Station with the additions of three ASM oscillators,  dual ADSR envelope shapers and two LFOs, reverb and delay effects.

UltraNova (2010)

The Supernova is Novation’s most ambitious synth to date, UltraNova’s effects processor is based on the Supernova II synth engine and updated with wavetable synthesis, enhanced filters, a software editor and a new touch-sense performance mode.

MiniNova (2013)

The most powerful sound engine and effects of any micro synth, MiniNova gives you easy access to almost limitless variations of every sound, which you can subtly tweak or totally warp with the twist of a knob or the touch of a button.

Bass Station II (2013)

Nothing out there sounds as warm, fat and dirty as this pure analogue monosynth, with enhanced modulation, fully analogue effects and filters, and a new pattern-based arpeggiator and step sequencer.

MoroderNova (2015)

The limited-edition MiniNova, made in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, branded with his moustache and shades insignia, and loaded with signature sounds from his seminal moments.