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UltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor.
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UltraNova is a ‘Nova’ series analogue-modelling synthesizer with a powerful effects processor. It is a single-part synth taking the legendary Supernova II synth engine as a starting point and packing it with the latest technology. It now has brand new features including wavetable synthesis, even more powerful filters, a software editor and a revolutionary new touch-sense performance mode.

The 'Nova' family was born in 1998 with the Supernova, which was the first of a series of powerful synthesisers. These quickly became industry standard 'big-synths' which are still used by countless artists and sound designers.

UltraNova is the latest addition to the family bringing the range right up to date with a host of new features and a more affordable price tag.

Create Truely Unique Sounds

This is Novation's most ambitious synth to date. It takes their legendary SuperNova analogue-modelling synth engine, and enhances it to vastly increase its sonic capabilities. The result is a synth that can create sounds that are simply impossible with other synths in its class.

The Sound Designer's Dream

UltraNova sounds great with the very simplest of patches, but also gives you large hands-on controls and powerful hardware DSP for deep and complex sound editing. Alter your sounds however you like, then shape them to perfection with 5-way multi-FX processor.

The extremely powerful modulation matrix lets you connect any source to whatever you like, so you can create any sound you can imagine. Don't worry if sound editing isn't your thing; we'll also send you regular soundpack updates, with loads of awesome new sounds to inspire you.

Touch n' Tweak

UltraNova's patches are more than just static presets. Each is set up with up to eight parameters, which can be tweaked or totally warped using touch-sensitive encoders. Tweak to alter the brightness or dial in some grit, or touch to trigger subtle movement in your sound, or seriously warp it into a savage cacophony.

Daniel Fisher soundpack

Daniel Fisher is one of the most sought after synthezier sound designers in the industry and he has worked for some of the most famous names in the synthesizer business. 

Dino Soldo Soundpack

Sound designer, performer and producer Dino Soldo assembled some of his signature sounds for UltraNova.

The Patch Librarian

UltraNova ships with 300 patches which have been tagged and organized to make it easy to search by category and genre from both the hardware synth and the software patch librarian.  The librarian can be hosted on a Mac or PC and enables the user to save an unlimited number of patches to the host computer and organize them into folders.

To create your customized patches, the UltraNova comes with a powerful software editor, enabling visual editing of all parameters.  It can also be used with any DAW as a plug-in editor.

Key Features

Trust Your Sound

The UltraNova synth engine is the result of 25 years of synth design experience and expertise.


Create Truly Unique Sounds

Create just about any sound you can think of, using three oscillators, an 18 voice synth engine, wavetable synthesis and modulation options galore.


Shape Complex Sounds

Create and edit complicated sounds using hands-on controls and a wide, easy-to-read LCD screen.


Comprehensive Effects

Add depth to your sounds, and sculpt them to perfection using reverb, delay, chorus, distortion and more.


Touch n' Tweak

Instantly tweak or totally warp your sound using eight touch-sensitive encoders and an over-sized filter knob.


Expressive Keyboard

Play an Italian-made, 37-note Fatar keyboard, with aftertouch and a quality you feel the moment you press a key.


One Cable for Everything

UltraNova is a synth, controller and audio interface in one; use a single USB cable for power, audio and MIDI I/O. It's ideal for a compact studio setup, and way less hassle on stage too.


Recreate Just About Any Sound

The extremely powerful 20 slot parameter modulation matrix gives you all the benefits of modular synthesis, in easy-to-use format.


Synthesise with Your Voice

Combine the power of the UltraNova engine with an integrated 12-band vocoder and included gooseneck mic, to do musical or crazy things with your voice.


Easily Edit Patches

Save, manage and easily edit even the most complex patches, with the plug-in editor and standalone librarian.


Synth engine

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

Per patch:

  • 3x oscillators
  • 1x noise generator
  • 2x ring modulators

Waveforms include:

  • Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations.
  • 20x digital waveforms
  • 36x wavetables


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


  • 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
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator – 33 patterns
  • Chord function – lock up to 10 notes
  • Patch storage up to 512 on hardware (ships with 300 factory patches)

USB audio interface

  • 2 in, 4 out soundcard
  • 44.1 / 48kHz at 16 or 24 bit to host
  • 44.1 / 48kHz at 16 bit from host (if you select 24 bit from host, audio
  • data is limited by the driver to 16 bit playback)
  • Dynamic range : - 98dB
  • Input 1 + 2 frequency response : 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 1dB
  • Gain rage : -10 to + 65dB
  • THD+N = 0.002%
  • Maximum output level +6dBu
  • signal to noise ratio referenced to 0dBFS (+6 dBu) = 96dB
  • Noise EIN = 117dB
  • Input 1 - balanced XLR & balanced TRS 1/4"jack
  • Input 2 - balanced TRS 1/4" jack only


  • 144 character LCD
  • 8x detented touch sensitive encoders
  • 1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
  • 1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
  • 2x volume & monitor mix dials
  • 39 LED lit/indicated buttons
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • XLR dynamic mic input
  • 2x ¼” jack inputs
  • 2x ¼” jack outputs
  • 2x ¼” jack aux outputs
  • 1x ¼” jack headphone output
  • SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
  • Expression pedal on ¼” jack input
  • Sustain pedal on ¼” jack input
  • MIDI in/out/thru
  • 12 volt power input
  • USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
  • Kensington Lock port


H = 152mm (5.98”)W = 374mm (14.72”)L = 725mm (28.54”) (These are dimensions of the UltraNova packaging)


3.6kg (7.93lb)


Product Details

Product Details

UPC 815301000112
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
System Requirements (Windows)

OS Compatibility

  • Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7 - 64bit, Windows Vista, Windows Vista - 64 Bit, Windows XP, Windows XP - 64 Bit
System Requirements (Mac)

OS Compatibility

  • Mac OSX 10.9, Mac OSX 10.8, Mac OSX 10.7, Mac OSX 10.6, Mac OSX 10.5
  • Mac OSX 10.4 - This is supported but has not been thoroughly tested.
  • Mac OSX 10.3 - Not supported


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