MiniNova US$359.99


Product Code: NOVSYNTH02DM

WAS: US$ 449.99

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MiniNova packs the sort of specs you'd expect to find in an instrument twice the size, and sounds like one double the price. Whether you're a music production novice taking your first steps in synthesis, the keyboard player in a band looking for a sturdy, road-worthy instrument, or an experienced sound designer after a pro-quality portable addition to your existing arsenal, Novation's backpack-sized beast more than delivers.

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Luis Caceres Dardano
Great synth, very powerful and easy to use
Manfred Flock
IT IS the best Synthesizer in that price Segment. And even outnumbers more expensive ones.
great product! amazing service!! recommended!!!
Carlos Dueñas
Very complet!
Mr Steven Spicer
what a lovely way to wile away the hours with all the crap on tv, inventing your own sound (steve wright radio one dj) was the master of jingles if he had one of these it would have been even more awesome.
Peter Macios
Love this product. Can't wait to get my hand on it again.
Matthew Whitman
Great product for the price!
Martin from London
Would have liked a more substantial keyboard but it serves the purpose
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Thorvaldur Valdimarsson
The MiniNova is a excellent small synth with a great vocoder feature.
pierre yves
Delivered as promised.
Steven Bird
I really dig this synth, compact but with enough more than enough features and programmability that make it more powerful than it at first seems...
Mr Jason Wilhelm
I have to say that this product is well beyond it's years. It is a little intimidating and costs a lot of money but is worth every penny. I do wish they had a full size keyboard version of this. I also wish and hope that novation is not abandoning their soundpack free plug ins. As a child of the 80's and how a lot of my gigs are around 80's covers. I hope that there will be more patches and soundpacks forthcoming for the mininova. but beyond all that. It is a awesome awesome product.
Mr keith tucker
Rugged and toogh and a electronic musicians dream representing aux88 in the stufio and on the road. Novation has always set there standards high and lived up to every task. Thank you for making great products and letting aux88 into your family
Reviewing as a beginner who bought this as my first synth a few years ago: The Mininova is easy to use, versatile and deep. You can be simple with it, or delve into greater complexity with good results either way. I am particularly impressed by the arpeggiator (which can be programmed to play complex sequences, including rests), and the 'tweak' and other functions giving it great flexibility of sound during live play. These features set it apart from others in the price range, as far as I'm aware. I would recommend it to anyone interested in these features, and as a first synth as it is reasonably priced. For me the main lacking features are true sequencing and multi timbrality - to be honest I would have bought a Miniak instead if my friend didn't already have one I could play.
The Mininova is one of my favourite mini synths in my studio. When I got mine I couldn't keep away from it for Months! I actually created my first professional sample pack using this synth so it's been a vital piece of kit on my studio. Once you dive Into the menus you soon realise that the possibilities to create pretty much any kind of sonic arsenal you can personally think off are all there ready to use. 3 oscillators which can be traditional waveforms or variable wavetables, all of which can be modified with LFOs, envelopes, modulation slots, and the ability to sync them, use ring modulation, thicken them with density settings.... its truly amazing, and that's just the oscillators!! The mini keys might not be for everyone, but the synth itself is huge.
The Mininova is an excellent synth that allows the user to create amazing sounds right in their DAW. There is very little guess work when it comes to tweaking controls for the sound that that you want. There are also tones of patches that can be downloaded from the site and can also be modified and automated to fit your sound needs. I give the MiniNova 10 stars!!!!
jose eduardo
I love my Novation MiniNova! I believe it's the most powerful and capable digital synth in this price range. I was considering buying a MicroKorg when I came across this. Same concepts but WAY more under the hood and a more intuitive and fun interface IMO. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is a design issue. As I've seen online, many have had an issue of keys breaking off. I had one loose key and when I took it apart I found several keys that were cracked/ready to break. Novation sent me the needed replacement keys and a detailed guide to replacement. I recently had a friend with the same problem with a MicroKorg so maybe it just comes with the territory of mini keys. Either way it's a beast of a synth and I'd highly recommend it!
Excellent choice for a "First Synth" and a very capable instrument. This is a fun and intuitive synth for the beginner with plenty of options for those wanting to dig deeper. I use to think I was too stupid to play synths or figure out how to use them with a DAW, but this small yet powerful machine was just what the doctor ordered. Being very affordable and coming with a copy of Ableton Live 9 Lite...this was really an obvious great value to get started. I fell in love with making music again. I've since added more equipment to my set up, but do so now with confidence from what I learned from starting with this device...and I still use regularly along with everything else.
Very full sound with a lovely character and lots of controls.
I bought this synth 2nd hand on eBay kind of "accidentaly". I bid on it happy of a very low price, but didn't hope to win as I was sure somebody will outbid me. So i won. Why I decided to bid in the first place? When I was bying my first synth I was considering either MiniNova or Ultranova. Decided to go with something else, but stil had those in mind. Just before the biding I spent some time checking if I would actually like it. I thought it will be nice addition to my colection and was only sad that making sounds is only from the menu. But fortunately there is VST editor so it is not that bad. I am very happy with the synth and the sound. Surprisingly these tiny keys feel quite well when you play. If you can afford go for Ultranova. But if you are interested more in playing then creating go for this one.
I purchased the miniNova for it's ability to alter the sounds during playback, nicely done. The presets are awesome and can be easily altered and saved as a new custom instrument. The miniNova is also a vst instrument usable in most DAW's. I have used it with Ableton 9, Anvil, and Garage Band, runs equally well on Windows and Mac. However, I have had some serious issues with the miniNova on Ableton 9 on my PC laptop running Windows 8.1, crash and burn issues. I do not recommend using the miniNova with Ableton, at least not on Windows, unless you want to spend a LOT of time trouble shooting. Have a computer techy sitting beside you if you are not a computer geek. The miniNova works fine on Anvil which is a free download. I have had no issues with the miniNova on the MacBook, works fine with Garage Band.
i love it,,learning new things daily
I've had so much fun with this awesome synth!!! So much stuff you can do. I never get bored when using it. I definitely advise you to get it!
Its a nova... What more could I say?
Endlessly fun and easy to understand. A great keyboard for all types of music. And because Novation is so awesome, it grows with you with downloadable patches. The vocoder is pretty solid, but you must speak right into it. Design is sleek and easy to master as well as personalize.
my rig wouldn't be complete w/o at least 1 MiniNova !
I purchased my MiniNova primarily because I wanted a vocorder for harmony vocals and for some new synth sounds. The 8 voice functionality exceeds my needs. The supplied voices are great. The ability to reprogram, modify and tweak all the patches allows me to bend and twist the MiniNova any way I My friends that have bought other similar synths are now looking into adding a MiniNova to their systems.
The mininova is a great intuitive keyboard with lots of great sounds. The arp and variation buttons allow a simple riff to sound very dynamic. The sounds are very contemporary and accessed by genre or alphabetically. It has all the usual facilities of a Synth. Midi, pitch and mod wheel. With a big filter knob and an easily adjustable parameter matrix the mininova is fun and compelling piece of kit which produces thrilling and exhilarating sounds. There are also a range of more standard sounds. Minikeys make this less chord friendly, but it is great for leading, baselines, pads and generally weird Noises. Fun, fun, fun - in equal measure.
This synth is a true beast so versatile so many sounds you can endlessly tweek thee only synth you need
This Mini sounds great with lush pads and a large cutoff filter knob, which is a great feature for any synthesizer. It feels solid, like a good filter knob should be. I ended up selling mine only due to having too many keyboards and not enough talent to give all my machines enough love and attention they deserved.
This is brilliant, I bought one after hearing one at a small gig and speaking to the guy using it. It is mind-blowingly versatile with a full range of variables. It's best to modify sounds with the software, I use Reaper, works well. You can get all the presets from the big brother in the range free and a load of others, store your sounds to the device and a software library. Some of the sounds are one note tunes, throw in a beat and you are there - hours of entertainment. One criticism, the presets are a bit oriented to House music, so you have to modify things for a traditional string sound. Could do with a good few basic to advanced tutorial videos from Novation.
Its seriously a really fun synth ive never got bored with it so that has to mean something!!
I've had the Mininova for a few years now so feel I can give an honest opinion of the pros and cons. When I bought it (new, not used) I got the matching carry case bundled in which I didn't think I'd ever really use but thought it might be nice as a collectable. The case is as sturdy as you would expect for a padded travel bag and looks nice. The synthesiser itself has a very nice sound, probably not suitable for all people in all situations but very nice all the same. It has a characteristically digital sound which is clear of unwanted noise and sits very well with all of the analogue synths I use and also the other digital ones in my setup. My current setup is a mixture of newer Volcas, Microbrutes and samplers with some older 80s and 90s analogue and digital units and it fits in nicely both soundwise and physically, some won't care for the small form factor but with the mic fitted you can sit it atop pretty much anything that doesn't have too many knobs and sliders with ease I tend to use it for Boards of Canada type sounds ie lots of slow swell pitch modulated melodic drones which it is perfect for. I don't care much for the genre dial but programming from the board is a breeze and I don't really use the in-daw editor as it's not something I need. Midi implementation is good apart from arpeggiator clock, a known issue, speed clocking is fine but if you play by hand rather than trigger from a sequencer it doesn't automatically trigger on the beat. That said, the fx sound fantastic and can all be synced to a clock. I love the favourite patches feature as well as the arpeggiator itself, very useful. I mainly got it for the vocoder and although it is very good, it probably doesn't stand up to some of the old classics or even the better vst versions but you don't need a laptop or a few grand spare to get a Roland! The gooseneck mic is nice. Overall I'd say it's a quality keyboard providing you don't have a Mercury / Barson playing style because the keys can feel a tad flimsy. It looks very cool in low light too with the illuminated panel and wheels if you like that sort of thing. Provided you don't expect a Jupiter 8 you won't be disappointed. The closest I've ever had vst wise was the Rob Papen plugs...think a cross between Blue and Predator and you're pretty close. Recommended!
A great entry level digital synth. Once you get your head around the menu system, it's mainly plain sailing. Alternatively you could use the VST plug-in in Ableton to control it, and this way gives you complete control over all functions in an easy to use visual front end. Great sounds, and the inclusion of the vocoder adds further possibilities using your voice. Recommended!
Honestly this is the best synthesizer for the money and the flexibility of sounds. I own 4 MiniNovas and 3 MoroderNovas and can't get enough of the sounds and patches I can add. I learn something new every time I turn it on. A BRILLIANT Machine!!!
Small and powerful. I am able to sync my Nova with my computer, add sounds, automate its parameters and use it as a midi controller. What else can you ask for?
The mininova was my first synth and I still absolutely love it. It's very versatile, and was a great introduction to sound design and synthesis for me. Love the mininova
Great synth for the price. there are a lot of sound libraries available which really bring this thing to life. Integration with the computer is good and the pc editor and librarian works well to organize your sounds. Only downsides are that usb midi or arp doesn't output from the hardware midi. Sound is a little thin compared to more expensive synths. I would still recommend this to anyone who fancies a hardware synth/midi controller for their studio or for gigging. Its fun to play with.
It was broken when i took it out the box. I got my money back.
This was a very good instrument, however the keys are too small for me to use so I had to sell it.
Got back into music production after 20yrs...have a love for synths but not the budget! Then i spotted the Mininova 😍 The sounds of its big brother with an amazing price tag....then there's the instant control! Oh my, straight in with tweaking knobs and making awesome sounds.. Fits right into for my long evolving sound scaoes, basses, fact everything. At the price I would almost buy another!
loved the retro styling, the wooden side cheeks did it for, the config options are fairly comprehensive, given the cost/size of the unit, it was this or a Microkorg..I feel I chose the right one!!

Product Specifications

What's in the box:
  • Novation MiniNova synthesiser
  • Gooseneck microphone
  • 1.5m USB cable
  • 12V PSU
  • Registration card
  • User guide
  • Getting started guide
  • Software download card
System Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
  • Windows 7 (all versions) or Windows Vista (all versions) or Windows XP SP2 or higher (all versions)
Included Software:
  • Novation Automap
  • Software AU and VST plugin editor
  • Stand-alone patch librarian

Product Hardware Specifications

Utility, display and patch select controls

  • 16 character custom LCD
  • 1x large detented patch select encoder
  • 1x patch sort switch
  • 1x volume dial
  • 1x detented data encoder
  • 5x navigation/utility buttons
  • 2x patch navigation buttons

Keyboard/performance controls

  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity
  • 4x smooth edit/performance pots
  • 1x large smooth filter pot
  • 1x six position parameter selector switch
  • 6x parameter indicator LEDs
  • 8x three-colour, back-lit animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch-select buttons
  • 2x animate/arpeggiate LED indicators
  • 1x back-lit 'hold' button
  • 1x animate/arpeggiator/favourite patch toggle switch
  • 1x 'favourite' patch select button
  • 1x arpeggiator tempo control pot
  • 1x arpeggiator tempo indicator LED
  • 2x back-lit arpeggiator control encoders
  • 2x back-lit octave select buttons

Inputs, Outputs, rear panel

  • XLR dynamic mic input
  • 1x ¼" jack inputs
  • 2x ¼" jack outputs
  • 1x ¼" jack headphone output
  • Sustain pedal on ¼" jack input
  • MIDI in/out
  • 12 volt power input
  • USB/DC/off power switch
  • USB port (MiniNova can be powered via USB)
  • Kensington security slot

Synth Engine

  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)
  • Mono-Timbral

Per patch

  • 3x oscillators
  • 1x noise generator
  • 2x ring modulators

Waveforms include:

  • Square, sine, tri, sawtooth, pulse, 9x saw:pulse combinations
  • 20x digital waveforms
  • 36x wavetables

Filter types

  • 2x filters per patch
  • low pass no resonance 6dB per octave
  • low pass 12dB
  • low pass 18dB
  • low pass 24dB
  • band pass 6:6
  • band pass 6:12
  • band pass 12:6
  • band pass 6:18
  • band pass 18:6
  • band pass 12:12
  • high pass no resonance 6dB per octave
  • high pass 12dB
  • high pass 18dB
  • high pass 24dB

Modulation sources

  • 20 modulation slots per patch
  • 6x envelope generators
  • 3x LFOs
  • Aftertouch (Supported in the engine. Note, keyboard does not generate aftertouch)
  • Velocity
  • Key scaling/track
  • Mod wheel
  • Expression pedal

Total of 66 Destinations including

  • Oscillator pitch, pulse width, wavetable index, level and sync
  • Filter cutoff, resonance, envelope settings
  • Effects parameters and send levels
  • Recursive modulation (modulating modulation sources themselves)

5 effects slots per patch

  • Distortion – up to 2 instances
  • Compressor – up to 2 instances
  • Chorus/Phase – up to 4 instances
  • Delay – up to 2 instances
  • Reverb – up to 2 instances
  • Gator
  • EQ


  • VocalTune
  • 12 band vocoder
  • Arpeggiator – 33 patterns
  • Realtime Arp rhythm editing function
  • Chord function – lock up to 10 notes
  • Patch storage - up to 384 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)

Power Requirements

  • USB bus powered
  • 9V DC power supply included
  • Maximum power consumption 9V DC 300mA

Product Dimensions

  • 560mm (22.04") length x 250mm (9.84") depth x 75mm (2.95") height

OS Compatibility

  • OS compatibilty not relevant for this product range/type


Attribute Description
Analogue / DigitalDigital
Bus PoweredYes
Expression InputYes
Modulation WheelYes
Pitch WheelYes
Software BundleNo
Sustain InputYes
XLR Mic InputYes
What is Refurbished/B Stock?
  • Unit may have minimal signs of use/wear
  • All accessories are included
  • All included Software available upon registration
  • 3 Year Warranty Included
  • Packaging may show some signs of wear or the unit may have been repackaged in generic packaging
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MiniNova packs the sort of specs you'd expect to find in an instrument twice the size, and sounds like one double the price. Whether you're a music production novice taking your first steps in synthesis, the keyboard player in a band looking for a sturdy, road-worthy instrument, or an experienced sound designer after a pro-quality portable addition to your existing arsenal, Novation's backpack-sized beast more than delivers.

This larger-than-life USB bus-powered, 18-voice polyphonic micro synth features three oscillators and one noise generator per voice; 14 filter types; 12-band vocoder with VocalTune; 6 envelope generators; 3 LFOs; 20 modulation assignment slots; 5 simultaneous effects; with Mac/PC Editor Plug-in and Patch Librarian.

Big Sound, small synth
Built on the UltraNova sound engine, MiniNova has more polyphony, more filter types, more effects and more modulation than any other synth in its class. And being USB bus-powered, you can easily hook it into your computer-based setup without a mess of cables getting in the way.

Every one of MiniNova's sounds is mix-ready straight out of the box, but each can be subtly tweaked or warped beyond recognition via the 24 synth parameters immediately accessible from the front panel.

Each of the three oscillators (per voice) draws on14 analogue waveforms, 20 digital waveforms and 36 wavetables, and features density/detune (for fattening), virtual sync (for punchy attacks) and 'hardness' (an additional low-pass filter). Two filters are available per patch, offering a choice of 14 low-/high-/band-pass types at roll-off slopes from 6-24dB/octave; and up to five effects can be applied simultaneously, including distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Novation's unique Gator effect.

From dirty-fat basses and soaring leads to lush pads, spiky arps and vintage analogue-style tones, MiniNova brings all the character, power and versatility you'd expect from a full-size synth in a tough, compact 37 mini-key instrument.

Find Your Sound Fast
MiniNova comes with 256 killer sounds onboard, space to save another 128 of your own, and an easy-to-use Patch Librarian for storing and loading any number of patches to and from your computer.

Sounds can be searched by style and type, making short work of finding that perfect hip-hop bass or electro lead.

New, free soundpacks for MiniNova are regularly released by Novation, created in collaboration with renowned artists and sound designers including Daniel Fisher, Chuckie and Dino Soldo.

Create Unique Vocals

Not content with blazing a trail as the world's most formidable micro synth, MiniNova has a microphone and vocoder built in, too – and no ordinary vocoder at that. In VocalTune mode, it automatically tunes your voice to the notes played on the keyboard.

The lyrical fireworks don't end there, as you can also run the mic signal through the effects engine. Add reverb, distortion, chorus/phaser, Gator, compression or EQ to produce truly attention-grabbing vox, or recreate iconic vocal lines.

Naturally, MiniNova's sound-sculpting toolbox isn't limited to microphone input: any external instrument can be hooked up and turned into something else altogether using the vocoder – including VocalTune mode – filters and effects.

Animate and Arpeggiate
With MiniNova in Animate mode, pressing one or more of its eight purple backlit buttons kicks in a range of sound variations, bringing even more colour options to each patch and providing a wealth of instant transformations for live performers to raise the roof with. Each button adjusts multiple parameters in real-time under the hood – just the thing for injecting pads with life and movement, and serving up crazy EDM-style bass and lead lines on demand.

Switch to Arpeggiator mode and the same eight buttons are used for pattern programming, enabling you to build a rhythmic dimension directly into your MiniNova patches.

Key Features:

Make Huge Sounds
Create dirty-fat bass, soaring leads, lush pads and vintage sounds with up to 18 voices and powerful effects.

Built By a Legend
MiniNova's synth engine was conceived, shaped and refined by British synth legend Chris Huggett and his five decades of passion, experience and expertise.

Gently Tweak or Instantly Warp
Subtly tweak your sounds with the knobs, or totally warp them with the Animate buttons, and pitch and modulation wheels.

Create Unique Vocals
Talk or sing into the mic and run your voice through the keyboard and effects engine.

Find Your Sound Fast

Instantly search through 256 sounds by type or musical genre, and save 128 more sounds of your own.

Layer Your Effects
Each voice can be processed with up to five effects, including distortion, reverb, chorus, phase, delay, compressor, EQ and Gator.

Store All Your Sounds
Use the Editor Plug-in and Patch Librarian to fully edit your synth and effects, and store as many sounds as you can fit onto your Mac or PC.

Take It Anywhere
Tough, compact and bus-powered via USB, so you can easily take it wherever you go. 

Get Free Sounds
Download regular free soundpacks created by eminent artists and sound designers.

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