NovationMiniNova Virtual Analog Keyboard Synthesizer


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Novation MiniNova

The Novation MiniNova is a compact 37-note synthesizer boasting the same engine as their UltraNova synthesizer. Any of the unit’s 256 sounds can be can be manipulated via its five knobs or eight animate buttons. Additionally, the MiniNova features 18 voices of polyphony, each accompanied by a total of five effects, including reverb, chorus, distortion, delay, compression, and EQ. The synthesizer also grants users access to classic vocoder effects and VocalTune.

The MiniNova features one of the most efficient sound engines ever included in a micro synth. Users can customize and store 128 individual sounds and search for patches using a variety of categories. If all that wasn't enough, the synthesizer features fourteen conventional waveforms, thirty-six wavetables, and twenty digital waveforms. There are also fourteen filter types, six envelope generators, twenty modulation slots that allow users the ability to link synth modules, and six LFOs.

If all this wasn’t enough, the MiniNova features a USB and MIDI I/O connectivity that allow it to be used in tandem with a computer, keyboard, or external sound module. It also comes bundles with Novation’s proprietary MiniNova Editor software, which affords visual control over its synth engine. When used in tandem with a DAW, the software functions as a plug-in and lets users conveniently edit their hardware patches.

MiniNova Features

  • 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


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 (4GB)

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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Product Demo Videos
Novation // MiniNova synthesizer performance
Novation MiniNova has got a lot of features packed into a compact synth. This video shows Harry Coade putting it through its paces demonstrating the performance synth modes -- including Animate -- the realtime arpeggiator editor, the brand new VocalTune™ effect as well as the vocoder. He also shows MiniNova's range of sounds - from bass synth to vintage synth sounds -- you can select the type and genre you need quickly and easily.

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 MiniNova Virtual Analog Keyboard Synthesizer Reviews