The Novation Summit is a beast! Built on the innovative foundations of Novation’s critically acclaimed Peak, Novation Summit is a three-oscillator-per-voice, 16-voice keyboard synth aimed at the professional or semi-professional musician seeking an inspiring, empowering instrument for use both live and in the studio. In fact, Novation Summit effectively puts the power of two Novation Peaks at your fingertips, enabling two completely independent patches to be split or layered across the keyboard, or switched between on the fly. It also expands on Peak’s layout, with many ‘hidden’ controls and functions made accessible on the front panel – FM routing, LFOs 3 and 4, all arpeggiator parameters and more – plus the addition of pitch and mod wheels. Novation Summit also features numerous filter options, and an audio input for processing external sources with its reverb, chorus and delay effects.
At the heart of Novation Summit are three digital Oxford Oscillators per voice, hosted on the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) chip. As well as generating authentic analog-style waveforms at incredibly high resolution, this also facilitates FM and wavetable synthesis for the design of rich, complex and highly textural raw tones. Each voice feeds into a true stereo signal path comprising dual analog filters, three stages of analog distortion and analog VCAs; while a wealth of modulation assignment options and three colorful effects bring movement, life and polish to your patches.
The Novation Summit doesn’t just have great specs either, its has a fantastic sound. To my ears the Novation Summit has a vintage vibe to it but can also sound modern and hold its own against some of the biggest new synthesizers on the market today.