MiniNova Synthesizer

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MiniNova Synthesizer
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The MiniNova 37-Mini-Key Compact Synthesizer by Novation has the same sound engine as the larger model, UltraNova. It includes 256 onboard sounds that you can tweak with five knobs, or totally warp with eight "animate" buttons. It has polyphony up to 18 voices with as many as five synth effects on each sound. MiniNova also has onboard VocalTune and classic vocoder effects, so you can recreate iconic vocal sounds from hip hop, urban and electronic music.

MiniNova has a powerful sound engine for a micro synth. In addition to its 256 onboard sounds, it has space to save 128 of your own sounds. You can quickly search for patches by selecting the style, or the type of sound. MiniNova has 14 conventional waveforms to choose from, 36 wavetables and 20 digital waveforms. Each of the 3 oscillators has density/detune, virtual sync, and an additional low-pass filter called "hardness." There are 14 filter types, 6 envelope generators, 3 LFOs and 20 modulation slots where you can link synth modules together. MiniNova can also add up to 5 effects to each sound; including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique gator effect.

MiniNova includes a gooseneck microphone, taking its vocal effects one step further. In addition to VocalTune and the 12-band vocoder, the mic input can be routed through the effects engine. The onboard 1/4" input can do the same with an instrument.

An onboard USB port and MIDI I/O allows MiniNova to connect to a laptop or control another keyboard / sound module. Editing sounds can be overwhelming, so Novation bundled the MiniNova Editor software, giving you visual access to the synth engine. The software works as a plug-in within your DAW and allows full editing of your MiniNova hardware patches. MiniNova also includes Patch Librarian software to enable unlimited patch storage on your computer.

37-Key Controller Keyboard with MIDI I/O

MiniNova is a great compact desktop keyboard. It has physical MIDI I/O ports for triggering external sound modules or connecting to a larger keyboard 

Powerful Micro Synth with UltraNova's Sound Engine

MiniNova has Novation's signature Nova-series synth-engine onboard, capable of creating and editing sounds with up to 18 voices and powerful effect

VocalTune and Classic Vocoder Effects

The VocalTune function can recreate urban and hip-hop vocal sounds, as well as classic house and techno voice effects 

Live Synth: Tweak and Warp Your Sounds in Realtime

8 animate buttons enable you to warp and twist sounds in realtime alongside a dedicated filter knob, 4 further editing knobs, and oversized pitch and modulation wheels

256 Instantly Searchable Factory Presets

Instantly find the sound you need by type or musical genre, from bass to pad, hip hop to house. Save and store another 128 of your own sounds too

Layer Up to 5 Effects per Voice

MiniNova can add up to 5 effects to each voice including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's own gator 'stutter' effect

Includes Editing Software and a Software Patch Librarian

A free software editor allows full editing of the synth and effects, the Patch Librarian enables storage of as many of your own sounds as you want

Run Other Instruments Though the Onboard Effects

Plug any other instrument into the line input and route it through the effects engine or the vocal effects

Free Soundpacks

Download free soundpacks which have been created by artists and sound designers


  • Powerful UltraNova Sound Engine
  • 256 Factory Preset Sounds
  • Polyphony Up to 18 Voices
  • Add Up to 5 Effects to Each Sound
  • Includes Gooseneck Microphone
  • VocalTune and Classic Vocoder Effects
  • Patch Editing and Storage Software
  • USB and MIDI Connectivity

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In the Box

  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • User manual
  • MiniNova Software Editor
  • MiniNova Patch Librarian
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation Bass Station softsynth
  • Loopmasters sample pack (1GB)

Synth engine

  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
  • Mono-Timbral 

Per patch

  • 3x oscillators
  • 1x noise generator
  • 2x ring modulators
  • Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations 
  • 20x digital waveforms
  • 36x wavetables 

Filter types

  • 2x filters per patch
  • low pass no resonance 6dB per octave
  • low pass 12/18/24dB
  • band pass 6:6/6:12/12:6/6:18/18:6/12:12
  • high pass no resonance 6dB per octave
  • high pass 12/18/24dB

Modulation sources

  • 20 modulation slots per patch
  • 6x envelope generators
  • 3x LFOs
  • Aftertouch
  • Velocity
  • Key scaling/track
  • Mod wheel
  • Expression pedal

Total of 66 Destinations including

  • Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, level and sync
  • Filter cutoff, resonance, envelope settings
  • Effects parameters and send levels
  • Recursive modulation (modulating modulation sources themselves)

5 effects slots per patch

  • Distortion – up to 2 instances
  • Compressor – up to 2 instances
  • Chorus/Phase – up to 4 instances
  • Delay – up to 2 instances
  • Reverb – up to 2 instances
  • Gator
  • EQ


  • VocalTune
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator – 33 patterns
  • Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
  • Chord function – lock up to 10 notes
  • Patch storage  - up to 384 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)

Utility, display and patch select controls

  • 16 character custom LCD
  • 1x large detented patch select encoder
  • 1x patch sort switch
  • 1x volume dial
  • 1x detented data encoder
  • 5x navigation/utility buttons
  • 2x patch navigation buttons
  • Keyboard/performance controls
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity
  • 4x smooth edit/performance pots
  • 1x large smooth filter pot
  • 1x six position parameter selector switch
  • 6x parameter indicator LEDs
  • 8x three-colour, back-lit animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch-select buttons
  • 2x animate/arpeggiate LED indicators
  • 1x back-lit 'hold' button
  • 1x animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch toggle switch
  • 1x 'favourite' patch select button
  • 1x arpeggiator tempo control pot
  • 1x arpeggiator tempo indicator LED
  • 2x back-lit arpeggiator control encoders
  • 2x back-lit octave select buttons

Inputs, Outputs, rear panel

  • XLR dynamic mic input
  • 1x ¼” jack inputs
  • 2x ¼” jack outputs
  • 1x ¼” jack headphone output
  • Sustain pedal on ¼” jack input
  • MIDI in/out
  • 12 volt power input
  • USB/DC/off power switch
  • USB port (MiniNova can be powered via USB)
  • Kensington Lock port

Weight & Dimensions

  • 2.52kg (5.55lbs)
  • 560mm (22.04")L x 75mm (2.95")H x 250mm (9.84")D

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