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Novation taking new Peak synth on tour of UK retailers

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Novation taking new Peak synth on tour of UK retailers

After being revealed at Superbooth 2017 in Berlin, Novation’s new Peak polyphonic synthesiser is set to head out on a tour of UK MI retailers this May and June.

Led by product specialist Mark Lowes, the ten-date tour gets underway this week, starting in England finishing off in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Peak is an eight-voice desktop synth with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators) sound completely analogue, but gain the flexibility of the digital domain with 17 digital wavetables. They can also become a linear FM source using either the analogue-sounding NCOs or digital wavetables – so are able to cross-modulate in a recursive loop.

??For each voice, the synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter and three distortion points – pre-filter, post-filter and global – in an analogue signal chain. Peak is capable of receiving polyphonic aftertouch, which puts expression right at the user’s fingertips, while there is also reverb, delay and chorus effects, along with an on-board arpeggiator.??
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The modulation system puts a 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments in the main controls, arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing. There are three ADSR envelopes and two LFOs for each voice, and more elaborate movements and secondary ‘via’ assignments are made just a few menu button presses away. In addition, two animate buttons give live performers instant one-touch transformation of patches.

Peak connects to modular systems via a CV modulation input, and has MIDI I/O on five-pin DIN ports, so other MIDI gear can be connected. Via USB, Peak can be plugged into Mac or PC, where unlimited patches can be kept using the Components software.??Each event is free to attend, and the dates and locations for the tour are as follows:
9 May: Production Room, Leeds
10 May: Dawsons, Manchester
11 May: PMT, Birmingham
16 May: Red Dog Music, London
17 May: Elevator Sound, Bristol
23 May: PMT, Norwich
24 May: Andertons, Guildford
25 May: GAK, Brighton
27 May: Absolute Music, Bournemouth
30 May: PMT, Newcastle
31 May: Guitar Guitar, Glasgow
1 June: Red Dog Music, Edinburgh

For more information contact Simon Poulton at Focusrite Novation on 01494 836387 or

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