Novation MiniNova Reviews: What the experts are saying

Thu, 2013-02-28 15:14

MiniNova is a compact, super-cool performance synth with the same sound engine as its big brother: the UltraNova. It comes with 256 incredible onboard sounds which you can tweak with 5 knobs, or totally warp with 8 'animate' buttons. 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 Announces MiniNova Synthesizer”, Stephen Fortner, Keyboard (Aug 12)

“…an amazingly powerful but compact synthesizer that packs never-seen-before features, including push-button Animate controls and Novation's brand new voice effect: VocalTuneTM.”

“A powerful parameter matrix puts 24 powerful sound-shaping tools under your fingertips on four large, tactile knobs. The dedicated filter cutoff knob allows you to always give your sound the 'wow' factor.”

“…VocalTune, an amazing effect that can tune your voice to the note being played on the synth in real time.”

“…features a powerful new vocoder engine…”

“Novation’s unique ‘Animate’ buttons let you apply up to eight deeply expressive modulations…”


From video review: “Keyboard Gear”, Stephen Fortner, keyboardmag.com (Aug 12)

“Really smooth sounding filter!”

“The Vocoder really sounds amazing on this…”


“Novation MiniNova”, David Battino, Keyboard (Jan 13)

“Basses are particularly massive, and the leads benefit from the nasty filter distortion and wild LFOs.”

“…lots of performance variety.”

“…the MiniNova offers so many other ways to get hands-on with your sound that it sets a new level of expressive potential for a compact, affordable synth.”


“Novation Music MiniNova Synthesizer”, Craig Anderton, HarmonyCentral.com (Nov 12)

“This is definitely a synth with a fun factor.”

“…a modern-sounding, affordable digital synth that delivers more than it promises…”


“Novation Mininova Synthesizer”, Paul Nagle, Sound On Sound (Nov 12)

“A whole lot of synth you can easily bundle under your arm.”

“With its DAW integration, vocal tuning and no-nonsense performance controls, the MiniNova is a small keyboard with big horizons.” “Not only is this a well-stocked vocoder…but the vocal tuner component is way, way more fun than an evening singing karaoke to Simon Cowell.”

“…an intimidating amount of synth squeezed into a tiny keyboard.”

“…if you relish detailed programming, the Mininova promises many happy hours of tinkering.”

“…impressive sonic weaponry.”


“Novation MiniNova: Look Up In The Sky; It’s Mini “Super” Nova!”, Showpiece (aka Malcolm Batten), GStyleMag.com (Oct 2012)

“Novation gets it right again as the mild manner Novation MiniNova takes off its glasses, undoes its tie, rips opens its shirt and flexes its chest it becomes Super Nova.”

“Words can’t fully describe how sweet this synth is…”

“…at least one of the words of reaction of your vocabulary has to be ‘Niiiiiiice.’”

“…You can do almost anything with the Mini Nova, nice and compact for travel and performing.”

“…definitely worth the purchase…”


“New Products: Novation Intros Full-Featured Mini-Key Synth”, Music Trades (Oct 12)

“…amazingly powerful yet compact…”

“A powerful parameter matrix puts 24 powerful sound-shaping tools under the player’s fingertips on four large, tactile knobs.”


“Review: Novation Mini-Nova”, Jono Buchanan, ResidentAdvisor.net (Oct 12)

“Following in Ultranova's footsteps now comes MiniNova, at a price point to bring the Nova ethos within range of a new generation of users.”

“…VocalTune is huge fun…”

“…factor in six envelope generators, three LFOs and 20 modulation slots for tying control parameters to the sources of your choice and you begin to get a sense of how powerful MiniNova's sound engine is.”

“…this is a pleasingly open system.”


“The Novation MiniNova Redefines Protable Synth Power (First Look)”, James Lewin, Synthtopia.com (Oct 12)

“The MiniNova has comprehensive and extremely flexible synthesis options. Mindblowing options.” “The routing options are extensive…”

“…the Novation MiniNova redefines portable synth power.”

“It’s easy to learn and easy to use, but it offers a very deep synth engine, with a huge variety of synthesis and performance options to explore.”


“Review: Novation MiniNova”, Sevan Shamoon, XLR8R.com (Oct 12)

“…an incredible amount of depth for shaping sound.”

“…the vocoding and VocalTune features are incredibly fun…”

“…deep and full of options and parameters…”

“…full of thoughtful touches like the ability to function as a plug-in inside your DAW of choice (by using a graphical editor).”

“It's an unquestionably powerful beast in a portable package at a solid price point, and yet another attractive option for producers…”


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