Novation Summit

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

$1999.99

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 $1999.99, 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.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Manufacturer’s website
https://novationmusic.com/synths/summit

Product support, downloads
https://novationmusic.com/get-started
https://customer.novationmusic.com/support/downloads

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

Facebook user groups

Novation Summit
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NovationSUMMIT

Videos

(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

Filter

  • 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

Modulation

  • 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