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Novation MiniNova: Look Up In The Sky; It’s Mini “Super” Nova! [Review]

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. Not to be confused with its other relative; Ultranova. This is more than a synthesizer. It’s the breathalyzer for intoxicating sound; reading beautiful decibals of music. The 37-key synthesizer can be used for recording tracks in the studio or performing live. You can choose from an array of sounds; from House/Techno, D&B/Breaks, R&B/Hip Hop, Rock/Pop and Dubstep. The easy selection knobs also allow you to use the Vocoder/Vocaltune with different types of Keyboard/Lead, Bass, ARP/Movement, Pad Strings, and what would a Synth be without the Classic Synth. Also included is Xcite+ software bundle made up with Ableton Live, the Novation Bass Station Legendary Novation Soft synth and Loopmasters (Over 1 Gig of royalty free loops and samples).

Key Features

•37 note keyboard with velocity
•16 character custom LCD
•Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
•LED lit Pitch and Modulation Wheels
•XLR dynamic mic input
•Store up to 384 Patches on hardware (ships with 256)
•12 band vocoder
•Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
•MIDI in/out
•Kensington Lock port
•The sound generation from the powerful UltraNova
•Editing software and patch management software included
•Free sound packs available including bass synth sounds and vintage synthesizer
• and 15 filter types
* This is by no means the complete list*

Seeing is Believing

Words can’t fully describe how sweet this synth is so peep this:


After this video demonstration 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. Also, you can download additional Soundpacks for free from the likes of Chuckie, Fabian Lenssen, Silvio Ecomo, Dino Soldo and Daniel Fisher. If you’re not a fan of Novation, I don’t know what else they need to do to convince you because I’m still buzzin’ off the Novation Impulse which was reviewed on G Style previously. This is definitely worth the purchase; as a producer would instantly excel you from a MiniNova to a Bossanova in the music production game.

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I’m Pressed To Release: Novation Launchpad S

Novation is back at again with its latest addition the fam with the Novation Launchpad S including a few upgrades…(In 50 Cent’s voice) “I’ve been Patiently Waitin’ for a track to explode on!”



Novation Launchpad S

The no.1 Live controller: now brighter, faster and universal

Launchpad S is an update to the best-selling grid controller for Ableton Live: the Novation Launchpad. The 64 tri-colour pads can launch loops and clips, trigger drums and samples, and also control effects, volumes, mutes, solos and more. Launchpad S can do all this but has vastly brighter LEDs, a significantly faster refresh rate and is now plug and play with other software such as FL Studio. It also now works with iPad!


Launchpad S is an evolution of the ubiquitous Launchpad, the Ableton Live controller that re-defined the way we perform music with computers. A grid of 64 ‘launch’ pads allows hands-on control of music software such as Ableton Live and FL Studio. It is especially designed for launching loops/clips and triggering effects as well as getting full mixer control including volume, effects sends, pan, mute, solo and track arm. The grid can also trigger drums and one-shot samples. A second user mode allows users to freely assign pads to control other software parameters.


64-button music software controller Launch loops/clips, trigger drums and samples, and control effects and volumes.

Brighter, faster and works with more software Launchpad S is an update to the best selling original Launchpad.

Comes with Ableton Live Launchpad Edition Feature-packed version of Ableton Live lets you create music straight out of the box.

Plug and play with FL Studio and other software Now including custom software control overlays in the box.

Now supports iPad Launchpad S connects to iPad® with the Apple Camera Connection Kit — no drivers required!

New #1 iPad music app Trigger loops and remix on the fly with just a Launchpad S and your iPad

Create and perform anywhere Launchpad S is bus powered, even from an iPad, so you don’t need to connect it to mains power!


Launchpad S comes with the Launchpad Edition of Ableton Live, so you can start making music straight away. It also comes with custom overlays for using other grid-based music software such as FL Studio.

Novation has developed a Launchpad iPad app that enables loop triggering and effects from your iPad, independent of Ableton Live. Launchpad S can be connected to, and powered by, an iPad using a standard Camera Connection Kit. The app features a 1GB sample pack of brand new hand-picked loops curated by Loopmasters, ranging from drum samples to artist packs across a variety of modern genres.

Launchpad S Performance video:


Availability: worldwide in April 2013

Pricing information: At dealer in US dollars: $169.99 // MSRP: $219.99

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