The only british synthesizer in the studio. It uses virtual analog
synthesis called ASM or something. I think it was partly designed by
the guy who made the old Oxford Synthesizer Company OSCar and EDP wasp
synthesizers in the 80s.
It has three
oscillators, a multi-mode multifilter (12,18 and 24 dB) lots of
interesting modulation capabilities and a lush grainy sound, like
a Korg Poly 800 meets a Jupiter 8. And its multi-trimbal too. Jam
packed with lots of nice extras such as arpeggiators and multi effects.
Playfull, fun and extremely useable in the studio. They aren't build
that strong though, knobs fly off easily (especially when your hands
are sweaty in a live gig situation) and outputs stop working
(fortunately it has some extra of those). This is a very powerfull
synthesizer with a unique characteristic sound.
Here is an mp3 of some random playing on the Nova
going through the patches and arpeggiating
I like the Nova so much I got
two of them (and they are pretty cheap on the second hand market)
On top of a DX7 synthesizer.
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