For Novation the Peak is where the best of digital and analogue synthesis join together to get the best of both sides; Analogue where it matters - digital where it counts!
Digital & Analogue Together
The Peak's tone comes from three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators), but they are combined with the flexibility of the digital domain using 17 digital wavetables. This gives the synth many more tonal possibilities than would be with a completely analogue system, however the synth's sound maintains that analogue tonal quality throughout.
The main oscillator section is joined by a resonant multi-mode analogue filter on each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain. So if you want that fully analogue feel, you can definitely get it. However, if you're ready for something new, you can create a linear FM source using either the analogue style NCO's or digital wavetables; offering you even more creative possibilities to explore.
Extensive Modulation System
The modulation system on the Peak puts a 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments in the main controls, so that you can start to design deeper and more inticate patches to really transform your tones. Each voice has access to 3 ADSR envelopes and 2 LFO's and more modulation controls under the hood.
Everything is within easy access so that you're never just sitting there scratching your head, wondering how to get things linking up.
Live Performance Controls
In terms of performance, Peak offers a full variety of features and connections so that it can be a dynamic instrument in the stage environment.
You can hook up to your favourite gear, via a CV modulation input or 5pin Midi-IO. The Peak responds to polyphonic aftertouch, and two "Animate" buttons completely transform your patches in an instant so that you can really pack a punch onstage.
If there's no keyboard to hand You can create fantastic loops using the on-board arpeggiator, and you also have built-in Reverb, delay and chorus effects to add depth to your patches.
Like Novation's circuit series, the Peak can connect to a Mac/PC and use a desktop app called Components. This software allows you to create and save unlimited patches for the Peak, and more features are being developed all the time.