Leaked just before the show but now Novation has released all the details on their new flagship 16-voice polyphonic 61-key synthesizer.
Building on the success of the Peak Novation has expanded it into a fabulous looking “proper” synthesizer and called it the Summit. It looks great. Taking its cue from the Peak and Bass Station II before it. Very different from the Novation synths of old. And it has so many knobs.
Summit doubles up on the power of the Peak with the same numerically controlled Oxford oscillators but up to 16 voices and 2 parts. They can be split and layered or placed into a dual bi-timbral mode. It also says there are a wealth of new features, so let’s get into it.
First of all, the knobs, so many knobs. There are a load of extra front panel controls that give you access to the FM section, effects, LFOs and more. It has dual analogue filters configurable in combinations of low, high and band pass modes at 12dB/octave or any single mode at 24dB/octave. You’ve then got 3 stages of analogue distortion to bring the fatness. There are audio inputs for processing external sources and a pair of auxiliary outputs. The keyboard comes from their SL MkIII MIDI controller which is semi-weighted, velocity sensitive with aftertouch and 5 octaves.
We already have a good idea as to what it sounds like from the Peak but here’s a quick demo. For a deeper overview see below.
It certainly looks like a serious piece of kit that elevates the sometimes overlooked Peak into the realms of synth makers like Korg, Sequential and Roland. I had hoped that the sequencing possibilities of the SL MkIII would also appear on the Summit but there’s no sequencing of any kind. As it is it’s a fabulous sounding and great looking synthesizer that’s available now for $1,899.
- Novation Summit webpage.