The fine folks of Sound on Sound took a tour of the new Novation Peak polysynth in their UK offices.

There’s a lot that can be said about the Peak, but here are the two obvious advantages.

First, those digital oscillators are quite clever. It maybe tripped up marketing and some press initially, but the point here is that these should really be indistinguishable from analog equivalents – while with the flexibility (and cost, and power draw) of digital oscillators.

Second, while there is a display, it seems there’s almost no menu diving involved. Each section of the instrument is readily accessible, including the effects. Modulation uses the display, but in a perfectly logical way. And all that power is still kept neat and tidy. I’m keen to play it, because it could be a really ideal desktop poly.

More soon. I’ll be talking in some detail to the Novation team.

  • Brent Williams

    I’m a huge fan of the Bass Station 2. Because of the thoughtful control layout, I play it at least as often as the Elektron machines I own, and it is a fraction of the cost. This looks like the took the design ethos of the BSII and made it a capable desktop poly. I will have no problem spending money on this.

    • Yep, the BS2 is still my favorite synth in my studio. Can’t wait to get my hands on this poly.

  • itchy

    looks great would like to hear more as what i have heard wasn’t anything special to me .

    • itchy

      *not to say it sounds bad. just want to hear more, and it was a nice demo to be fair