The Novation Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesizer designed by the man behind Bass Station, Supernova, OSCar and many other legendary synths. With three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice, a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain, the Novation Peak is a powerful sound-shaping tool indeed! Peak’s oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators), but Peak also has the flexibility of the digital domain with 17 digital wavetables.
Broaden out your electronic music, draw in new influences and take artistic risks. The modulation system puts the most frequently used assignments right at your fingertips in the main controls. More elaborate movements and secondary ‘via’ assignments are made just a few menu button presses away.
Connect to just about anything
You can plug Peak into your Mac or PC via USB and start playing. It also has MIDI I/O on five-pin DIN ports, so you can connect your other MIDI gear. Oh, and did we mention it connects to modular systems via a CV modulation input?
Two ways to create waveforms
Analogue-sounding NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) and 17 digital wavetables.
A colossal amount of distortion
Three distortion points for each voice – pre-filter, post-filter and global – in an analogue signal chain.
Peak is capable of receiving polyphonic aftertouch, which puts expression right at your fingertips.
The three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice can become a linear FM source using either the analogue-sounding NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) or digital wavetables. They are also able to cross-modulate in a recursive loop.
Huge modulation system
16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments controlled from the front panel, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing. Three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs for each voice.
Easily switch modulations
Two animate buttons give live performers instant one-touch transformation of patches.
Mind-blowing sounds on-board
Reverb, delay and chorus at your disposal, and there’s also an arpeggiator.
Connect to hardware and software
Connect and sync to your music software and MIDI-compatible hardware. CV modulation input used to slot together modular systems.
Store unlimited sounds
Keep as many patches as you like on your Mac or PC using the Components software. Learn more about Components here.
Novation Peak Specifications:
Product Hardware Specifications
42 Control knobs
8 35mm Sliders
1 Volume knob
2 Data encoders
Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs
30 Function buttons (not lit)
16 Function buttons (lit)
2 Animate buttons plus hold button
90 Indicator LEDs
Kensington Security Slot
Power supply connector
MIDI In / Out / Thru
2 1/4" jack socket for continuous or switched pedals
3.5mm jack socket for CV in
1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs
1/4" jack socket for headphone output
Metal chassis with wooden end cheeks
Metal magnetic inset end pieces
8 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
1 noise generator
1 ring modulator
1 Amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes
Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
1x State variable OTA filter per voice
Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass
16 modulation slots per patch
Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination
Mod sources (17)
Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)
Expression pedal 1
Expression pedal 2
Mod envelope 1
Mod envelope 2
CV mod input bi-polar
Mod destinations (37)
Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level
Noise source level
Ring modulator output level
Overal synth output level
Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance
LFO 1 and 2 frequency
Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release