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#2850371 - 04/19/17 05:05 AM Novation Peak
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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 than can be purchased separately.

Novation Product Overview

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 are able to 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."



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#2850375 - 04/19/17 05:31 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: #%$(#]
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deleted... pic was too big.


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#2850377 - 04/19/17 05:47 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Synthoid]
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ooh, nice.

The oxford oscillators, are they analog as in Oscar? Oscar is on the clone to-do list for Behringer as well AFAIK. Interesting to have so many different synth options in this space suddenly. The bass stations always had strong filters, so ... fingers crossed. thu

Thanks for sharing.

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#2850416 - 04/19/17 08:46 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: JerryA]
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SoS have the scoop!

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#2850419 - 04/19/17 08:51 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: MorayM]
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I can't be the only one who finds it amusing that we're coming back round to VA again. Nothing against it (in fact I often prefer it) but the cycles are interesting.

Also, very cool that he's using a Launchpad to control it.
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#2850430 - 04/19/17 09:51 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: MorayM]
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I want to touch it.

Sounds great and appears more immediately tweakable than competitors.

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#2850449 - 04/19/17 12:16 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: johnchop]
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Where do you get that this is VA? Unless you consider the Prophet 12 to be VA also?

I can't wait to hear the demos as OSCar is one of my all-time favourite synths, so there's a good chance I'll like this module.
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#2850450 - 04/19/17 12:36 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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My interest is piqued!

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#2850457 - 04/19/17 01:32 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
Where do you get that this is VA?


They consider it a hybrid and is somewhat explained in the video. I think they're after a BIG, more EDM modern sound, given the stereo spread at the oscillator, new waveforms, distortion possibilities, and with the right FXs, yes. Not another Jump synth...hopefully.



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#2850458 - 04/19/17 01:34 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: burningbusch]
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Watch the video, DCOs combined with analog filters and VCA, digital effects. Nothing to do with the OSCar synth design/technology. Sounds great.

Jerry

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#2850459 - 04/19/17 01:39 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: jerrythek]
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OK, I can't do videos or audio at work; I simply read the press announcement and thought it was complete.

Maybe not so interested then, as I haven't cared for Novation's recent synths. They're not bad; just not my thing.
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#2850464 - 04/19/17 01:48 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: jerrythek]
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A lot of good info here as well:



Jerry

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#2850483 - 04/19/17 03:09 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: jerrythek]
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Tech Preview: Novation Peak, an 8-voice hybrid-synth module with polyphonic aftertouch
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#2850490 - 04/19/17 04:25 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Marzzz]
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Originally Posted By: Marzzz
My interest is piqued!

Peaked?
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#2850491 - 04/19/17 04:35 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Wastrel]
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Originally Posted By: Marzzz
My interest is piqued!

Peaked?


grin
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#2850494 - 04/19/17 04:56 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: davedoerfler]
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I'm liking this.

A lot.
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#2850496 - 04/19/17 05:00 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Wastrel]
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Originally Posted By: Wastrel
Originally Posted By: Marzzz
My interest is piqued!

Peaked?


OP is correct.

Piqued

stimulate (interest or curiosity).
"you have piqued my curiosity about the man"
synonyms: stimulate, arouse, rouse, provoke, whet, awaken, excite, kindle, stir, galvanize
"his curiosity was piqued"

Edit: you made a funny.


Edited by mate stubb (04/19/17 05:01 PM)
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#2850497 - 04/19/17 05:01 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: hurricane hugo]
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$1,299 - not sure if that's MSRP or MAP (guessing MAP).

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#2850534 - 04/19/17 10:44 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: #%$(#]
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I think the DCO move is smart with analog filters. It greatly expands the tonal possibilities to have the wavetables. I also like that they used DSP to eliminate aliasing - they went for quality. It will be interesting to see how this one develops. I'm also watching DSI REV2 and the Waldorf Quantum. It is a great time to like synthesizers!

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#2850537 - 04/19/17 11:42 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Nathanael_I]
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The sound, to me, is somewhere between Virus, Nord Lead 3, and typical Novation synths, with maybe a bit of Waldorf Wave XT thrown in.
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#2850564 - 04/20/17 05:18 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
The sound, to me, is somewhere between Virus, Nord Lead 3, and typical Novation synths, with maybe a bit of Waldorf Wave XT thrown in.


The Nordvation Wave Virus? laugh
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#2850601 - 04/20/17 08:18 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: mate stubb]
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Originally Posted By: mate stubb
Originally Posted By: Wastrel
Originally Posted By: Marzzz
My interest is piqued!

Peaked?


OP is correct.

Piqued

stimulate (interest or curiosity).
"you have piqued my curiosity about the man"
synonyms: stimulate, arouse, rouse, provoke, whet, awaken, excite, kindle, stir, galvanize
"his curiosity was piqued"

Edit: you made a funny.


It was an intentional, if not groan-worthy, pun. I didn't bother to put a smiley on it because it was so obvious...!

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#2850644 - 04/20/17 11:13 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Synthoid]
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Originally Posted By: Synthoid
Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
The sound, to me, is somewhere between Virus, Nord Lead 3, and typical Novation synths, with maybe a bit of Waldorf Wave XT thrown in.


The Nordvation Wave Virus? laugh


dude, I'd be all over that.
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#2850648 - 04/20/17 11:29 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Mark Schmieder]
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Originally Posted By: Mark Schmieder
The sound, to me, is somewhere between Virus, Nord Lead 3, and typical Novation synths, with maybe a bit of Waldorf Wave XT thrown in.


Sounds like a synth I could use!
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#2850760 - 04/21/17 03:04 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: Ulf]
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Love the whole concept of it and the specs are very impressive but the sounds I'm hearing aren't setting me on fire yet. Very happy to be proved wrong but will wait and listen...
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#2850769 - 04/21/17 04:35 AM Re: Novation Peak [Re: MorayM]
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Just to be precise, NCOs (it's in the press release at the top and in the tech video) are not DCOs. According to this , Wavetable synths of the 80's used NCOs. They manipulated a sample of a single pitch to generate other pitches. A DCO generates the waveform using standard analog circuitry, with a digital control circuit to maintain tuning stability.

Most of the feature set exists in the Alexis Ion and descendants. I loved the feature set, but found the sound somehow flat.
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#2853895 - 05/06/17 12:17 PM Re: Novation Peak [Re: JB Sherry]
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