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Novation has launched a brand new Wavetable Editor for Peak and Summit, which provides super-deep control of the wavetable oscillators.

The Wavetable Editor, which operates on the Novation Components browser-based platform, features drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so oscillator shapes can be drawn by hand and previewed in real-time. The audio import feature lets audio be imported and used as the oscillator waveform, for inspirational and creative results.

Built into the Wavetable Editor is a curated selection of space-themed audio from the NASA sound library, including waveforms from recordings of human space exploration and otherworldly environments. Also included is exclusive content from production giants Noisia, who have created a preset pack to get users started on their journey of wavetable exploration.

The Wavetable Editor is free to use and is accessed on the Novation Components platform when Peak or Summit is connected via USB to a computer. To access Novation Components, head to https://components.novationmusic.com (Not all browsers are compatible — Google Chrome is recommended).

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The Novation Peak is an eight voiced polyphonic synth. There are three New Oxford oscillators for each voice which utilises two waveform generating techniques and 17 digital wavetables.

The unit features pre and post-filter distortion for each voice, as well as a global distortion for the whole synth. Other effects include reverb, delay and chorus and there's also an arpeggiator built-in.

There's a fantastic modulation system which offers a 16 slot modulation matrix as well as 16 directly assignable controls on the front panel. There's also the option to connect to other modular systems through the CV modulation input.

The design is perfect if you're looking for a desktop unit and an there's also an optional die-cast aluminium stand that can be purchased separately.

Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) but gain the flexibility of the digital domain with 17 digital wavetables. They can also become a linear FM source using either the analogue-sounding NCOs or digital wavetables – so can cross-modulate in a recursive loop.

The synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points for each voice – pre-filter, post-filter and global – in an analogue signal chain. Peak is capable of receiving polyphonic aftertouch, which puts expression right at your fingertips. Reverb, delay and chorus effects are at one's disposal, and there is also an on-board arpeggiator.

The modulation system puts a 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments in the main controls, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing. There are three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs for each voice, and more elaborate movements and secondary ‘via’ assignments are made just a few menu button presses away. In addition, two animate buttons give live performers instant one-touch transformation of patches.

Peak connects to modular systems via a CV modulation input and has MIDI I/O on five-pin DIN ports, so other MIDI gear can be connected. Via USB, Peak can be plugged into Mac or PC, where unlimited patches can be kept using the Components software.

Novation Sound Collective

  • Innovative New Oxford Oscillators using two waveform generating techniques: NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) and 17 digital wavetables
  • Pre-filter and post-filter distortion per voice, plus global distortion. Polyphonic aftertouch and linear FM. High-quality reverb, delay and chorus effects, and onboard arpeggiator
  • Extensive modulation system, with 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments controlled on the front panel. Three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs per voice, plus animate buttons
  • CV modulation input for integration with modular systems
  • Compact desktop module design with optional die-cast aluminium stand for positioning (not included)
  • Includes access to Sound Collective
  • Novation Peak polyphonic synthesiser
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • 42 Control knobs
  • 8 35mm Sliders
  • 1 Volume knob
  • 2 Data encoders
  • Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
  • 30 Function buttons (not lit)
  • 16 Function buttons (lit)
  • 2 Animate buttons plus hold button
  • 90 Indicator LEDs
  • OLED display
  • Kensington Security Slot
  • Power switch
  • Power supply connector
  • USB socket for system / MIDI comms only (no bus-power)
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru
  • 2 1/4" jack socket for continuous or switched pedals
  • 3.5mm jack socket for CV in
  • 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs
  • 1/4" jack socket for headphone output
  • Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks
  • Metal magnetic inset end pieces
  • Synth Engine: 8 voice polyphonic (voice modes available unison etc.) Mono-Timbral 5 Voice Modes - Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2
  • Per Voice: 3 oscillators 1 noise generator 1 ring modulator 2 LFOs 1 Amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes 1 Filter
  • Waveforms include: Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
  • Filter: 1x State variable OTA filter per voice 12/24dB slope Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass Pre-filter overdrive Post-filter distortion
  • Modulation: 16 modulation slots per patch Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination
  • Mod Sources: Direct (depth) Modulation wheel Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT) Expression pedal 1 Expression pedal 2 Keyboard velocity LFO1 positive LFO1 bi-polar LFO2 positive LFO2 bi-polar Amp envelope Mod envelope 1 Mod envelope 2 Animate 1 Animate 2 CV mod input bi-polar
  • Mod Destinations: Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level, Noise source level, Ring modulator output level, Overal synth output level, Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance, LFO 1 and 2 frequency, Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release, FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1, Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency, Noise -> filter cutoff frequency
  • Effects: Analogue distortion, Chorus - 3 types, Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo, Reverb - 3 type
  • Misc: Arpeggiator w/ key latch – 33 patterns, Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches), Glide, All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping



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  • James S


    Great poly, very versatile.

  • Gary Mcleod


    The synth I've always wanted, powerful, flexible yet easy to use.

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