Novation http://www.stuff.tv/novation/all en-GB Novation Mininova http://www.stuff.tv/novation-mininova/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a little synth with a big voice, but does the Mininova have the X-factor? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="766" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininovaMain_0_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1102" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininova2_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="486" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininova3_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Point 1: this is not a toy. Yes, it has small keys, but like many of the best new music-making gadgets, the Novation Mininova is designed to fit into small spaces, like under the bed, on your lap or in a rucksack. It takes its lead from Korg's enduringly popular MicroKORG series, packing all the power of a full-sized synth into a portable package.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – vocoder and VocalTune </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mininova's headline feature is its vocoder and "VocalTune" effects. A vocoder works by combining the frequencies in your voice when sung or spoken into the microphone with the synth sounds you're playing on the keyboard. This allows you to sing chords, turn your voice into a robot or give it a lush, electronic sound. Previously the MicroKORG XL was the best budget vocoder on the market but the Mininova's is even better. Check out the video demo.</p> </p> <p>The "VocalTune" effect is Novation's version of the (too) popular AutoTune effect that seems to be used in almost every pop song right now. If you can't sing, this won't help very much, but if you do have a half decent voice it can pull your pitch into line as you play along on the keys.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands1_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How does it sound? In a nutshell, in your face. The Mininova is brimming with quick-fix thrills. Thanks to the arpeggiator (a kind of simple loop sequencer) just a single stab of the keyboard can unleash a bombardment of bass, buzz and squeal. If you want realistic flutes and trumpets you're in the wrong place, but if raw, grimy electro sounds tickle your tastebuds you'll love the Mininova.</p> <p>But it's not all wobbly basslines. There's a lovely spread of string pads for your chords, some bread-and-butter bass sounds and some rich, mellow sounds for those blissed-out moments.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands5_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands4_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova vs MicroKORG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The similarities between the Mininova and original MicroKORG are plain to see, from the chunky knobs to the wood-effect end panels. </p> <p>The Mininova's big filter knob is begging to be twisted, turning a brooding rumble into a soaring cacophony. That row of numbered buttons can also be used to add variations on sounds as you play. The MicroKORG's editing matrix (who could live without one?) is mimicked on the right of the Mininova's panel. </p> <p>It's simpler than the Korg's, so while it does allow faster access to tweakable effects, it won't let you dig as deep into the sounds. For that you'll need to switch to the buttons beneath the LCD or use the software editor. As a live performance instrument the Minonova wins thanks to its superior keyboard and immediate sound-morphing controls, but studio geeks might still prefer the depth of the MicroKORG.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands3_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="306" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands2_1.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="500" height="325" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands8_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – portable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is almost the perfect synth for a portable, laptop-based set-up. It doesn't take batteries but it can be powered direct from the USB connection to your laptop and send its MIDI data along the same cable. If only it could push audio to your computer in the same way. As it is, you'll need an external recorder or an audio interface for quality recording.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="335" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands6_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's hard not to love the Mininova. Yes, it takes a lot of inspiration from Korg's MicroKORG family, and perhaps its presets are a little too fashionable for the long term, but when a synth sits up and demands to be played like this you'd have to be a pretty curmudgeonly old thing to ignore it.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands7_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A beautifully portable synth that's bursting with creative potential</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/novation-mininova </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/novation-mininova/review#comments Mininova Music Novation Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:31:47 +0000 Tony Horgan 423090 at http://www.stuff.tv Novation Launchpad http://www.stuff.tv/novation/novation-launchpad/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Knocking out killer grooves just got a whole lot easier with Novation&#039;s dancefloor-inspired control surface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="760" height="640" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/launchpad2.jpg?1401962056" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="944" height="950" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NOV-LAUNCHPAD.jpg?1401962056" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For decades, making music with a computer meant wrestling with a tangle of old and new techniques. Then a bit of software called <a href="http://stuff.tv/Review/Ableton-Live-6-LE/" target="_blank">Ableton Live</a> came along, and while it didn&#39;t exactly straighten it all out, it did at least offer a new, more intuitive way of working.</p> <p>Novation&#39;s Launchpad controller has been designed specifically with Ableton Live users in mind, although it can also be used with other systems.</p> <p><strong>On stage</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £150.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A spontaneous music performance tool that puts a world of possibilities at your fingertips</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/novation-launchpad </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/novation/novation-launchpad/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/novation/novation-launchpad/review#comments Music Novation Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14282 at http://www.stuff.tv