The Supernova is a tough-sounding polyphonic synth with a logically laid out front panel & great editing facilities. I found it easy to dive in and start creating & editing without a manual and soon found my way around
Derived from the original Bass Station, the Supernova has 16-note polyphony (20 with the new OS), three VCOs and seven effects per voice. There are also two LFOs and two ring modulators. The resonant filter is beast, offering 12, 18 & 24 dB / Octave slopes and high-, low- and bandpass settings. Eight audio outputs make this a flexible unit
This is a big-sounding synth with lots of modulation possibilities. If you’re coming from something like a Minimoog it may seem complex at first but it’s logical & easy to get to grips with. If you’re used to Japanese synths with deep menus and complex structures you’ll find the Supernova to be a breath of fresh air as it’s so easy to get to grips with
A lot of the credit lies with Chris Huggett who joined Novation full time to develop the Supernova. Huggett designed the legendary EDP Wasp and subsequently led the design of the operating system for the Akai S1000
“Very programmable, nice filters, sounds great, very versatile, reliable, and well-constructed”
“Cool SuperNova stuff:
-distorted tranny Organs sound good on SN2 – explore the FM, distortion and filter drive options!
-you can ‘morph’ patches by layering 2 programs in perf. mode and cross-fading them using the modwheel
-the arpeggiator is also a sequencer, and arp. memories are stored independently of programs – therefore, you can instantly “fly in” any arp you want to any program (and scroll through them while it’s running) for a myriad of variations on the fly
– the OSC’s have an unusual feature called ‘skew’ which effectively compresses the width and symmetry of the waveform – not just for pulse, but all osc waves.
this makes for some fun in itself, and in combination w/ RingMod and FM = you get sounds unique to SN2
– FM bass ftw”
“Interesting fact about the SuperNova/Nova series, they are Chris Huggett’s designs. For those who don’t already know, he was the founder of Oxford Synthesizer Company and designer of the OSCar and WASP synthesizers, two other unique sounding digital(well, mostly) designs”
“this synth is without a doubt one of the best modules out there at the moment, even after 5 years since it’s release. it is ideal for trance/house/techno, but personally I think it can also be used for other music types such as hip-hop”
In very good used condition. Tested & working 100%. Photos show the synth for sale