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Novation Peak Polyphonic Synthesizer, New

Scale the heights of polyphonic synthesis with the Novation Peak synthesizer, an 8-voice desktop beast with aftertouch, FM, modulation, and on-board effects. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Novation Peak Polyphonic Synthesizer

Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesizer 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 an recursive loop.

Get an overview of Peak in this video from Novation:


Watch as Peak recreates the famous sounds of Vangelis' "Blade Runner" film score:


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.

See how you can play a sequence into Peak from Ableton Live in this video:


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.

Features:

- 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
- 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 for instant modulation switching
- High-quality reverb, delay and chorus effects, and onboard arpeggiator
- CV modulation input for integration with modular systems
- Compact desktop module design with optional die-cast aluminum stand for positioning (not included)

What's In The Box:
- Novation Peak polyphonic synthesizer
- USB cable
- Power supply

Peak Included Software:
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- Loopmasters sounds and samples

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Peak System Requirements:
Novation Peak is class compliant, so will work with any modern Mac, Windows or Linux PC. For further information see the Novation web site.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 12 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AMS-PEAK
with Gator Bag
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs
Novation Warranty Novation offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Novation products.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-431-2609
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Overall: I saw the youtube videos from Novation, mylarmelodies and other and generally I know something good when I hear it...I bought this synth on a great hunch! There was something abrasive about its character that I instantly loved. I find it fitting for the sound I am after. I have lots of synthesizers including DSI Prophet 12 and the REV2. I have owned Prophet 6, Matrix Brute and Tempest. I have lots of synths to reference this Novation Peak synth against. For instance, I also own an DeepMind 12 Desktop, my Virus TI2, Radias, Waldorf Blofeld and MOOG Modulars. This synth has a harsh character that I need in my sound. Its a pleasant grainy phatness that to my ears sounds like a good tape saturation/distortion effect. It comes from the low end of the gritty oxford oscillators. We have three to choose from here and they sound crisp because they are oversampled at 21 MHz. So it is a good thing...I find the sounds simply better and super clean/clear among all the poly's that I have including the Dave Smiths. Of course it is not at the caliber of a DSI, but you can go crazy with this synth in the mod matrix or you can stay simple and classic vintage so it is a win...win...I'm looking to find flaws, but ohter than the lack of software support, I love it so far. The FM modes are a big thumbs up! Its definitelly a keeper and wider and grittier sounding in my opinion than its newest rival from Behringer.
Style of Music: Electronic, Synthesizer based music
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Sound: Despite having digital oscillators (OH NO!) this thing puts out some amazing analog-style sounds. In addition, you have the wavetables which add a lot of versatility. You can get some wonderful sounds that are simply not possible on an analog synth. Having three oscillators on a polysynth can get pretty insane at times! The analog distortion sounds really great, as do the other effects. The reverb is particularly lovely. Feature: It's packed with great functionality. A 16-slot mod matrix provides a huge amount of modulation possibilities. You have three envelopes available, plus four LFO's (as of the 1.2 update), and the LFO's can even be used as envelopes. The librarian software is a nice addition and makes it easy to build setlists. Ease of Use: The majority of the functions have a dedicated control on the front panel, making it a very intuitive synth to use. There are a lot of deeper functions that are accessed in the menu which can be a little tedious at first but once you understand where they are it becomes fairly easy to navigate. The menu system is well though out and has even been improved as of version 1.2. I do wish that the controls for FM synthesis and oscillator sync were on the front panel though. The documentation is well written and informative. It would be nice if there was a proper manual included in the box but I can live with downloading a PDF and saving some trees. Quality: It seems very well made and sturdy. It's surprisingly heavy at about ten pounds, with a full metal chassis and nice wooden end caps. The knobs, buttons, and faders seem sturdy too. There are nice big rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding around. Definitely feels like it was made to last and will do just fine as a live instrument. Value: I think the price they are charging is totally fair. It's a well made, great sounding synthesizer with some great features and awesome sonic potential. It's also very versatile and would serve as a great main synthesizer for your setup. Manufacturer Support: I had a question about the product before I purchased it and they were quick to respond with an answer. It wasn't the correct answer but I appreciate that they were available. I also have to give big props to Novation for their ongoing support of their products via software updates. A lot of manufacturers will fix some bugs and issues but it's rare that a company continues to add features and functionality. Just look at what the Circuit has become since it was released. It's not even the same product today as it was at launch. I imagine they will continue updating the Peak with new wavetables and hopefully more features. The Wow Factor: Ever since I discovered the Peak I've been very interested in it. It's a great combination of quality sound, quality build, versatility, and ease of use. The form factor is also appealing to me. I like that it's a module without a keyboard as I already have a workstation that I use as the main controller for my rig. They recently announced the Summit, which looks very cool, but the deign of the Peak fits more into my setup. Overall: I have been researching the Peak for about a year at this point and after the latest software update was released I decided to go ahead and finally get one. Boy do I love it!
Style of Music: Progressive rock, metal, electronic
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