Novation Summit

Novation’s flagship 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesizer


It’s accurate to say the Summit in most ways is 2 Novation Peaks with upgraded functionality and a good keyboard. If you are considering the Desktop Module 8-voice Peak at $1399.99, consider the Summit instead. Add a Novation 61SL Keyboard Controller to a Peak and you are spending $100 more and getting half the machine of a Summit.

I think at $2199.99, the Summit immediately qualifies as a very viable mid-range poly synth choice. It has a metal chassis and an internal power supply, essential features for this class of machine in my opinion.

As for similarly priced 16-voice 61-key poly synths, I’d rather have a Summit than a Sequential DSI Prophet Rev2 or a Korg Prologue. I’m a big Sequential DSI fan, so it means a lot for me to say I’d rather have a Summit.


Manufacturer’s website

Product support, downloads

Strongly recommended that you download the newest OS, unless you hate bug fixes, stability and new features

Facebook user groups

Novation Summit


(Uptown Oscillators) UO Novation Summit YouTube Playlist

Useful Links

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Product Hardware Specifications

Synth Engine

  • 16 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
  • 2-part-timbral
  • Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes
  • 5 Voice Modes – Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2

Per Voice

  • 3 oscillators
  • 1 noise generator with HP filter control
  • 1 ring modulator
  • 2 LFOs
  • 1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)
  • 1 filter

Waveforms Include

  • Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row


  • 1 state variable OTA filter per voice
  • 12/24dB slope
  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)
  • Dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP
  • Pre-filter overdrive
  • Post-filter distortion


  • 16 modulation slots per patch
  • 2 sources per destination per slot

Mod Sources

  • 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