Novation Peak


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Eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice

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Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser built around New Oxford Oscillators that combine the best of analogue sound and digital flexibility – including inbuilt and custom digital wavetables. With a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three separate points of distortion per voice, it’s truly the best of both worlds.

Polyphonic aftertouch, an extensive mod matrix, and two dedicated Animate buttons allow for endlessly expressive performances, while lush onboard reverb, delay and chorus round off a formidable addition to any sound designer’s arsenal.

  • Digital where it counts – Digital FPGA-generated New Oxford Oscillators for analogue-style, wavetable and FM synthesis
  • Analogue where it matters – an analogue filter, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion per voice
  • High-quality digital effects – stunning reverb, delay, and chorus effects are instantly accessible via the effects section
  • Extensive modulation system – 16-slot modulation matrix and 16 direct assignments controllable from the front panel
  • Wavetable Editor – featuring drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so you can draw your own oscillator shapes and preview them in real time

Analogue where it matters – digital where it counts

Peak’s design consultant was none other than Chris Huggett, the man behind Bass Station, Supernova, OSCar and many more legendary synths. Peak has its origin in the Bass Station II analogue monosynth, and Peak’s oscillators sound completely analogue by being high-quality NCOs (Numerically-Controlled Oscillators), but gain the flexibility of the digital domain with 60 digital wavetables.

Build and refine new sounds from scratch

Broaden out your electronic music, draw in new influences and take artistic risks. The modulation system puts the most frequently used assignments right at your fingertips in the main controls. More elaborate movements and secondary ‘via’ assignments are made just a few menu button presses away.

Patch Browse - Peak Tutorials

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Connect to just about anything

You can plug Peak into your Mac or PC via USB and start playing. It also has MIDI I/O on five-pin DIN ports, so you can connect your other MIDI gear. Oh, and did we mention it connects to modular systems via a CV modulation input?

Where does Peak fit in your set-up?

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Peak with Hauschka

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Peak Firmware Update v2.0

In Novation’s biggest update for Peak, firmware update v2.0 brings a multitude of features across stereo controls, modulation and unpredictability, and effects, that give you powerful tools to shape your sound.

Create more intricately textured soundscapes with updated stereo controls. Experiment with expansive sound design with modulation and unpredictability. A range of effects improvements bring new tonalities with the addition of Chorus Modes, Flanger, Phlanger, new effects modulation destinations and Lo-Fi delay.

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Free patches for Peak

  • John Tejada Signature Sounds pack

    John Tejada Signature Sounds

    Club ready patches by the prolific DJ/producer

  • Hinako Omori Textures pack

    Hinako Omori Textures

    Enter a compelling and unusual sonic world
  • Tom K Atmospheric Audio pack

    Tom K Atmospheric Audio

    Explore the space between analog and digital ambient landscapes

  • Sean Tyas - I'm Peakin' pack

    Sean Tyas - I'm Peakin'

    A rich selection of patches from a Trance Legend

    42 Control knobs

    8 35mm Sliders

    1 Volume knob

    2 Data encoders

    Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs

    30 Function buttons (not lit)

    16 Function buttons (lit)

    2 Animate buttons plus hold button

    90 Indicator LEDs

    OLED display

    Kensington Security Slot

    Power switch

    Power supply connector

    USB B 2.0 / MIDI comms only (no bus-power)

    MIDI In / Out / Thru

    2 1/4" jack socket for continuous or switched pedals

    3.5mm jack socket for CV in

    1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs

    1/4" jack socket for headphone output

    Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks

    Metal magnetic inset end pieces
  • Width233mm
  • Depth464mm
  • Height70.5mm
Software compatibility
    Ableton Live Lite is included

    Peak is a USB-MIDI class compliant device
Power requirements
    Maximum power consumption 12V DC 1A
Synth engine
    8 voice polyphonic (voice modes available unison etc.)


    5 Voice Modes - Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, Poly2
Per voice
    3 oscillators

    1 noise generator

    1 ring modulator

    2 LFOs

    1 Amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes

    1 Filter
Waveforms include
    Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse plus 17 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
    1x State variable OTA filter per voice

    12/24dB slope

    Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass

    Pre-filter overdrive

    Post-filter distortion
    16 modulation slots per patch

    Each slot has 2 sources to 1 destination
    Analogue distortion

    Chorus - 3 types

    Delay with 16 types of delay sync, LP and HP damping, slew and stereo

    Reverb - 3 types
    Arpeggiator w/ key latch – 33 patterns

    Patch storage - up to 512 on hardware (ships with 256 factory patches)


    All knobs (excl. volume), sliders and most buttons transmit and receive MIDI cc commands for external control and mapping