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Novation KS 5

Virtual Analog Synthesizer

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Novation KS 5
280.00 street price

Novation, along with KS4, released a synthesizer with an extended keyboard - Novation KS5. Compared to its "brother", its semi-weighted keyboard included 5 octaves (61 keys), and got aftertouch. Anyway, KS5 took everything else from K-Station.
The instrument includes 8 voices of analog modeling sounds with FM, vocoder, arpeggiator, reverb, delay and 400 user programs. K-Station has 3 oscillators generating sawtooth, triangular, sine, and triangular with PWM waveforms.

The nit even has a basic FM for the synthesis of more "aggressive" timbres. All oscillator settings can be altered owing to unison, hard sync, or addition of some noise to standard waves.

K-Station has a built-in low-pass resonant filter with switchable modes of 12/24 dB, and envelopes: attack, decay, sustain, release (ADSR). Additional envelopes interact with the oscillators, and with LFO. Among the built-in effects you can find reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger.

Their sends can be controlled with the modulation wheel. The 12-band vocoder is included into the effects section, it is responsible for processing external mono sounds, such as a cappella and drum loops. External sounds can also be used as a generating source, pass through filters, envelopes, etc.

In addition to the above mentioned effects, the synthesizer has a built-in arpeggiator. Most notably, K-Station has a compact keyboard that is very pleasant for playing basses, leads, pads, and many more. The synthesizer was used by the famous duo, creating in the genre of psy trance - Infected Mushroom.

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Usage area
Performance Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Analog Modeling (AM) 
Polyphony
Voices16
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Frequency Modulation (FM)
Oscillators overall3
Oscillators' hard sync 
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Square
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count16
Filter
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
1-pole 
2-pole 
12dB 
24dB 
Envelope Generator (EG)
ADSR 
Modulation
LFO: LFO Count2
LFO Waveforms
Square 
Triangle 
Saw 
Sample&Hold 
Effects
Reverb 
Chorus 
Delay 
Phaser 
Distortion 
Vocoder 
Effects overall6
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator Mode Up
Arpegiator Mode Down
Arpegiator Mode Up+Down
Arpegiator 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys49
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)4
Audio in
Analog 1/4"1
Power
Voltage 9V
Dimensions
Height94 mm
Width1018 mm
Depth300 mm
Weight9.500 kg
Color
Silver 
Production start2003
Production ended

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