Oct 11

It is great to see an inovative product from a company like Novation that does not need a PC. The new Novation Circuit is grid – based groovebox with two Novation polysynths and a four-part drum machine, coupled with an easy 4×8 RGB velocity-sensitive grid sequencer with effects in a standalone box. You will tweaking away and create new electro music in seconds.

For me, what I love about this unit, despite its built in synths, is how easy it is to midi connect it to your other synths and modules with no PC connection needed.

It also has a small speaker and runs on batteries so you can create rhythmic ideas and fat grooves anywhere. I must say I like Novation’s statement that says “Ideas in Seconds. Tracks in Minutes” which gives you some idea of how user friendly this module is.

It is very portable and inexpensive at £249, so you can’t go wrong and it is definately going on my wishlist. Hava look at Novation’s technical specifications:-

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Apr 19

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Apr 10

It is a great privilege to be attending Musikmesse in Frankfurt this weekend. Already there has been a surprising announcement of new products – Korg Kross Synth, Novation Bass Station II, Roland RC-505 Looper, Native Instruments Komplete 9 software package, Avid Pro Tools 11 DAW, Arturia KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software, Genelec M Series Monitors, Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2 software synth, Softube Console 1 hardware/software music mixing solution, TC Helicon Harmony Singer, Novation Launchpad S, Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface, Nord Drum 2 and Nord Pad, Nord Lead 4, Korg Volca analogue groove boxes, Nord Piano 2 HP, RME MADiface XT – the world’s first USB 3.0 audio interface, SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller, and at long last the Waldorf Pulse 2 Synth.

I am sure there are many others that will capture my heart and interest and possibly my wallet. I hope to bring back some great pictures and useful information to share with you

Apr 8

It is Musikmesse week in Frankfurt Germany, but before the show has started many companies are announcing some new products. After what I thought was a poor anouncement from Roland and their new products, it is great to see companies like Novation, keeping today’s music moving. Today they have shown us their new Bass Station II Analogue Mono Synth to celebrate their 21 years in the business.

The Bass Station II is based on the well-loved original Bass Station but they improved it to meet the demands of today’s musicians. It comes with two awesome filters and oscillators and a deep sub-oscillator. When you add a substantial effects section, a step sequencer, a 2013 arpeggiator, full sized keys and a very powerful modulation section – you have a mean bass-stard of a synth.

Read on to watch the You Tube Clip which gives you a brief look at the new Novation Bass Station II Analogue Mono Synth but really shows you what great products that have come from this company as well as demonstrating how they can be used.

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Jan 5

NOW AVAILABLE

 

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

INTRODUCING THE NOVATION MININOVA

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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Oct 8

If you haven’t seen this You Tube Clip before it is certainly worth a look. A very tallented guy, Mike Tompkins demonstrates exactly what is possible, with a decent voice and shit loads of technology, if you know how to use it. Armed with Ableton Software on a laptop and what looks like 3 Novation Launchpads and two AKAI APC20 controllers and an iPad, that leaves a great song Cinema by Skrillex and the many voices of Mike Tompkins. What a brilliant idea, sound and performance as well as some clever film behind him- excellent.

Aug 29

Novation are at it again as they are about to add a new baby gem in the Nova family. This time we have the MiniNova Synth which looks like a small decendant of the famous Ultranova. For such a small item this baby looks like it really has a full load of features adding in their recent vocal effect called VocalTune. Before I bore you with some of the specifications, have a look at this talented tweaker on this YouTube clip to get a real idea of its capabilities:-

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Jun 25

SOUNDSET PATCHES FOR YOUR SYNTH

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

Technova

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.

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