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.