Introducing the New Novation Peak Eight-voice Polyphonic Synthesiser


The legendary instrument makers Novation have announced their latest synthesiser. Introducing the eight-voice desktop polysynth called Peak. Get excited.

Bass Station

British engineer Chris Huggett (the brain behind the Bass Station, Supernova and OSCar synths) has been brought on board by Novation to help design Peak. It is a hybrid analogue-digital synthesizer that takes after Novation's pure analogue Bass Station II. The three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice can become a linear FM source using either the analogue-sounding NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) or digital wavetables. They are also able to cross-modulate in a recursive loop. 07-closeup_0

Manipulation & Effects

It features eight voices with oscillators engineered to sound and behave like analogue gear along with 17 digital wavetables. Despite the digital oscillators, a multi-mode analogue filter and three distortion points make for an analogue signal chain. The synth boasts a 16-slot modulation matrix, including three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs for each voice. Peak supports polyphonic aftertouch and also has a really nice creative feature in the two ‘animate’ buttons, designed for one-touch transformation of patches. Finally the chain ends with reverb, delay and chorus effects. 09-lifestylle02_0

Store as Many Patches as you Want

Another nice feature is you can keep as many patches as you like on your Mac or PC using the Components software. Circuit Components is a suite of free tools for Circuit that provides all you need to expand, tweak and create your own customised instrument. Peak is due to land in May with a retail price of £1249. Pre Order HERE

Technical Specifications

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 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 wooden end cheeks Metal magnetic inset end pieces Synth Engine 8 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note) Mono-Timbral 3 oscillators 1 noise generator 1 ring modulator 2 LFOs 1 Amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes 1 Filter Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row 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 (17) 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 (37) 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 Analogue distortion Chorus - 3 types Delay w/delay sync Reverb - 3 types Arpeggiator w/ key latch – 33 patterns Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches) Glide Ableton Live Lite 9 is included Peak is a USB-MIDI class compliant device Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A Product Dimensions 233mm (9.17") width x 464mm (18.27") depth x 70.5mm (2.78") height