Most people know him as the genius behind Wasp and OSCar, the legendary monosynth from Ultravox's Love's Great Adventure, Stevie Wonder's Skeletons, and Jean-Michel Jarre's Revolutions Overture.
Chris' synths have been used by everybody: Orbital, Ultravox, Tom Yorke, Trent Reznor, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Stevie Wonder, Jean Michel Jarre, Keith Emerson- the list is endless. His heritage synths are sought across the world, and sell for upwards of £5000.
He is a true synth legend. He is also our synth designer. Every Novation synth has been conceived, shaped and refined by his passion and expertise, which spans five decades. To celebrate that, we're giving away an OSCar! Click here to find out how to enter the competition.
Iconic black and yellow analogue monosynth from Electronic Dream Plant. One of the first synths to use digital technology to control its analogue oscillators.
Used by: 808 State, Dave Holmes, Vince Clarke, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), WhiteHouse and Add N to (X).
A single-oscillator version of the Wasp. Featured a proprietary control that predated MIDI and allowed users to connect Gnat to other Gnats, Wasps and EDP gear.
Legendary monosynth from Oxford Synthesiser Company, and one of the most advanced programmable monosynths of its time. Only 2000 were ever produced and we're giving one away right now!
Used by: Hardfloor, Orbital, Ozric Tentacles, BT, Jean-Michel Jarre, Asia, Ultravox, Stevie Wonder, Sneaker Pimps, Keith Emerson, and Underworld.
Our first monophonic analogue synthesiser, BassStation featured the same filter as the Wasp, plus flexible DCO oscillators and a warm analogue signal path that defined countless dance and electronic hits.
Used by: Thom Yorke, William Ørbit, Biosphere, Massive Attack, Orbital, Apollo 440, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Jimi Tenor, Laurent Garnier, ATB, Sneaker Pimps, Out of Logic and Underworld.
Added an arpeggiator, noise source, ring modulator, an additional LFO, a sub-oscillator, analogue chorus and distortion effects, keyboard filter tracking, stereo outputs and panning, enhanced memory, analogue trigger signal output and more to the original design.
The worldwide classic analogue-modelling polyphonic synthesiser with 16+ note polyphony and multitimbral operation.
One important feature being the provision of multiple effects units which could be assigned to each timbre, allowing a much richer sound than had generally been possible with a multitimbral synthesizer.
Used by: Orbital, ATB, The Faint, Sin, Jean Michel Jarre and A Guy Called Gerald.
A cross between BassStation and Supernova, with 8-voice polyphony, a basic FM synthesis engine, reverb and delay, plus a 12-voice vocoder and arpeggiator.
A 2-octave keyboard version of the A-Station with the additions of three ASM oscillators, dual ADSR envelope shapers and two LFOs, reverb and delay effects.
Our most ambitious synth to date, UltraNova's effects processor is based on the Supernova II synth engine and updated with wavetable synthesis, enhanced filters, a software editor and a new touch-sense performance mode.
Used by: Arca, Taylor McFerrin and Blue Daisy
The most powerful sound engine and effects of any micro synth, MiniNova gives you easy access to almost limitless variations of every sound, which you can subtly tweak or totally warp with the twist of a knob or the touch of a button.
Used by: Peaking Lights, T.E.E.D, Bonobo, Dorian Concept and Kill Paris
Nothing out there sounds as warm, fat and dirty as this pure analogue monosynth, with enhanced modulation, fully analogue effects and filters, and a new pattern-based arpeggiator and step sequencer.
Used by: alt-J, Radiophonic Workshop, The Horrors, Claude Von Stroke, TV on the Radio and Dark Sky
The limited-edition MiniNova, made in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, branded with his moustache and shades insignia, and loaded with signature sounds from his seminal moments.
Used by: Giorgio Moroder
WIN AN OSCar!
To celebrate our rich synth heritage, we're giving away a genuine, fully restored OSCar. It's one of just 2000 that were ever produced, and has been valued at over £5000.
For a chance to win, you simply have to have bought any Novation synth before 31st of August this year (got a SuperNova from 1998? You're in!), and answer this simple question: