Apr 6

Novation Launchpad S is the latest version of the truly great 64 pad control surface for Ableton Live known simply as the Novation Launchpad. At about £150, this multi colour controller, the Launchpad S can do all that the Launchpad can do but it can do it quicker and it can now be used in conjunction with the iPad. You may notice how much brighter it all is. I will enjoy seeing this at MusikMesse next week but for now there is this great little You Tube clip to wet your appetite.

Jan 5



I am pleased to announce the launch of my New Soundset for the Novation Mininova called ELECTROVA. 64 Monster Sounds for The Novation Mininova Synth are now available for Download.

Pure ear candy, bristling with Raw Supernova energy, tribal infused drums, hard-hitting lead and bass sounds, glitched melodic vox loops and industrial deep tech sounds for you to tweak to new limits.

Easy Installation file – Simple Download. Download The Novation Mininova Sound Pack Now.



Jan 3


I do love Novation Synths and I am still very happy with my Supernova II rack that I picked up for a good price a few years back. More recently after a considerable break Novation got my taste buds going again with the Ultranova and now in a world of small portable gadgets and people with tiny fingers they have released the Mininova. Designed to take anywhere, fit anywhere, play anywhere and sing and no doubt compete heavily with the excellent and very popular MicroKORG.

I know before I play a note that I am going to love the sound because it has the same synth engine as the Ultranova but personally I am not a great lover of small keys. However, this is not going to stop me enjoying every minute of this fun instrument that looks as if it has all the power and oomph of a full blown synth. I think what intrigues me here is that if it is basically an Ultranova, can you manipulate the sound differently with alternative set of controls? This may be difficult to see and hear without the two synths side by side – but let’s see if we can find out. Novation say that the Mininova is an Ultranova in a performance synthesizer format. The Mininova certainly seems to have a few tricks that are not on the Ultranova.

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Jun 25


It is Summertime and you need to inject some new life into your Synthesizer. Why not buy a new soundset full of exciting patches to help get your creative juices flowing with new sounds for new songs. There are some great patches for the world’s best synths –

The Access Virus, Roland GAIA, Novation Ultranova, M-Audio Venom and the Korg SV-1. There is also a three pack for the Access Virus and a Twin Pack for the Roland Gaia.

These will help you save even more money as all the sets are fantastic value for money and cheaper than anywhere else for this quality.

Just click on the “Synth Patches” drop down menu above


Feb 15


It is finally here another new soundset from tonylongmusic – Technova – 64 Monster Sounds for the Novation Ultranova Synth now available for download. Pure Ear Candy, Bristling With Raw Supernova Energy, Tribal Infused Drums, Hard-Hitting Lead and Bass Sounds, Glitched Melodic Vox Loops and Industrial Deep Tech Sounds For You To Tweak To New Limits.

Please go here:- http://www.tonylongmusic.co.uk/novation-ultranova-sound-pack/ for full details and a demo of the sounds by way of a You Tube clip.

The Ultranova is a great synth, (please see my blog for the full review)  and Technova is a useful Sound Pack to inspire your creativity whatever your style of music.

The Soundset comes complete with full easy-to-follow loading instructions and is a fast, simple download and such a great price.

Feb 9


As I recall Novation were a leading company right out in front of everyone else at the end of the nineties with their classic Supernova II synthesizer. This award winning synth captured my heart at the time, but it was some years later before I was able to buy one. I was saddened by the fact that they stopped making Synths after this and moved their expertise to a different product range with Focusrite’s acquisition of Novation in 2004. I was therefore extremely surprised to find that after more than 10 years they were releasing a new synth, perfectly named – The Ultranova.

In this review I want to provide you with my feelings on the instrument as I find it after unpacking and try and look at some comparisons with the Roland GAIA and indeed the Supernova II. If you need any additional information not covered here then please go to Absolutemusic who have also included a couple of great You Tube Clips demonstrating the Ultranova and showing you how sounds are created – great stuff.

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Sep 10

Novation UltraNova, now there’s a name that conjures up something special. I remember in 1998/99 the two synths that were most raved about were the Yamaha EX5 and the Novation Supernova II. Well  it seems that Yamaha moved ahead with the Motif range and is just about to release the Motif XF, whilst Novation just stopped producing incredible synths and went on to concentrate their efforts on controller keyboards, which is how they got started if I remember correctly.

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