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Supernova II Platinum Limited Edition
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Novation's award winning Supernova II synthesiser appears in a limited edition platinum finish on Booth 6112 at this year's Winter NAMM. A new ADAT/SPDIF Digital Interface card for the Supernova II is also launched at the show.

The Supernova II, launched at Winter NAMM 2000, received a platinum award from Future Music in Europe, as well as Keyboard Magazine's Key Buy in the US. The Platinum Edition, produced to celebrate the synthesiser's global critical acclaim, is a top-of-the-range Pro X model, with 48 voice polyphony, capacity for 1,024 Programs and 512 Performances.

The Supernova II synthesis engine is equipped with unprecedented processing power. It enables a total of 57 effects to be deployed simultaneously, with 7 effects on each of the 8 parts of a Program or Performance, as well as a global Vocoder. This means that complete Programs or Performances can be mastered individually with no loss in quality.

In addition the Double Saw feature enables the generation of up to six sawtooth oscillators per voice simultaneously with no loss in polyphony. Remarkably rich analogue tones - "phat", in the vernacular - can be generated.

Developed for the Supernova II rack and keyboards, the new ADAT/SPDIF Digital Interface card enables the Supernova II to be used entirely within a digital domain. With the facility to connect an ADAT machine and a standard SP/DIF device at the same time, a vast new range of expressive musical possibilities is created.

The comprehensive ADAT optical interface specification allows the Supernova II to act as an eight-channel analogue output device for an ADAT machine, or to connect all eight channels from the synthesiser to the ADAT via a single optical connection.

For example, track one of an ADAT recording can be routed to an oscillator source on the Supernova II, with track two going to the filter section and track three to the multi-effects section - all in the digital domain and under MIDI control. At the same time, the optical output of the Supernova II can be routed to the input of a digital mixer.

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