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Novation Peak Polyphonic Synthesiser

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Quick Overview

The Novation Peak is an 8-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford oscillators on each voice. Analogue where it matters, digital where it counts.
Available June 2017.

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Peak is Novation’s newest polyphonic desktop synthesiser with eight voices and three New Oxford oscillators for each voice. The high-quality oscillators have a pure analogue sound thanks to the NCOs (numerically controlled oscillators) yet offer the resilience of the digital world with 17 digital wavetables. The oscillators can also become a direct FM source via the NCOs or digital wavetables with the ability to cross-modulate in a recursive loop.

Novation Peak Polyphonic Synthesiser

The Peak synthesiser comes with a multitude of effects and processors to help you with creative sound design such as a multi-mode resonant analogue filter for each voice, three distortion points for each voice (pre-filter, post-filter and global) while all in an analogue signal chain. Other processors include an enormous sounding reverb, delay and chorus alongside an onboard arpeggiator. Peak also allows you to put expression at your fingertips thanks to the capability to receive polyphonic aftertouch.

The Peak polyphonic synthesiser features an excellent modulation system that gives you a 16-slot modulation matrix for 16 direct assignments in the main menu controls that have been intuitively arranged for creative patch design and sound editing. The synth offers three ADSR envelopes, and two LFO’s per voice, more elaborate movements and secondary modulations can be achieved via the menu function. Also, two animate features provide instant patch transformations at the touch of a button, something every live performer needs.

Users can connect the Peak to modular systems via the CV modulation input and features a five-pin MIDI In/Out DIN port so you can link all your MIDI gear together. Peak can be plugged into a PC/Mac via USB allowing unlimited patches to be made and kept using the Components software.

Key Features:

  • Innovative New Oxford Oscillators using two waveform generating techniques: NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) and 17 digital wavetables
  • Pre-filter and post-filter distortion per voice, plus global distortion. Polyphonic aftertouch and linear FM. High-quality reverb, delay and chorus effects, and onboard arpeggiator
  • Extensive modulation system, with 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments controlled on the front panel.
  • Three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs per voice, plus animate buttons
  • CV modulation input for integration with modular systems
  • Compact desktop module design with optional die-cast aluminium stand for positioning (not included)

In The Box:

  • Novation Peak polyphonic synthesiser
  • USB cable
  • Power supply

Peak 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
  • OLED display
  • Kensington Security Slot
  • Power switch
  • Power supply connector
  • USB socket
  • 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

Synth Engine

  • 8 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)
  • Mono-Timbral

Per voice

  • 3 oscillators
  • 1 noise generator
  • 1 ring modulator
  • 2 LFOs
  • 1 Amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes
  • 1 Filter

Waveforms include:

  • Sine
  • Tri
  • Sawtooth
  • Square / Pulse
  • Plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row


  • 1x State variable OTA filter per voice
  • 12/24dB slope
  • Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass
  • Pre-filter overdrive
  • Post-filter distortion


  • 16 modulation slots per patch
  • Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination

Mod sources (17)

  • 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
  • Amp envelope
  • Mod envelope 1
  • Mod envelope 2
  • Animate 1
  • Animate 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
  • FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1
  • Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency
  • Noise -> filter cutoff frequency


  • Analogue distortion
  • Chorus - 3 types
  • Delay w/delay sync
  • Reverb - 3 types


  • Arpeggiator w/ key latch – 33 patterns
  • Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)
  • Glide

Software Compatibility

  • Ableton Live Lite 9 is included
  • Peak is a USB-MIDI class compliant device

Power Requirements

  • Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A

Product Dimensions

  • 233mm (9.17") width x 464mm (18.27") depth x 70.5mm (2.78") height

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