Novation Summit


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Two-part 16-voice 61-key polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators per voice

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Built on the innovative foundations of our critically acclaimed Peak synthesiser, Summit is a three-oscillator-per-voice, 16-voice keyboard synth that aims to inspire, empower, whether on stage or in the studio. Its Digital New Oxford Oscillators combine the best of analogue sound and digital flexibility – including inbuilt and custom digital wavetables.

Effectively placing the power of two Peaks at your fingertips, Summit allows 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 additional controls and functions now accessible on the front panel

  • Peak powered up – the acclaimed Peak architecture taken to the next level, with 16 voices, expanded controls, new filter options, and more
  • Digital where it counts – digital FPGA-generated New Oxford Oscillators for analogue-style, wavetable and FM synthesis
  • Analogue where it matters – dual analogue filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion per voice
  • Two sounds at once – multitimbral engine for splitting, stacking and switching between two simultaneous patches
  • Wavetable Editor – featuring drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so you can draw your own oscillator shapes and preview them in real time

The best sounding synthesiser Novation has ever made

Summit doubles the power of Peak’s digital New Oxford Oscillators up to 16 voices and two parts, and adds a wealth of new features and a premium-quality five-octave keyboard. A synth much greater than the sum of its parts, it gives the serious producer or performer everything they need to design and play stunning basses, leads, arps, pads, effects and beyond.

Totally tactile sound design

Summit takes Peak’s architecture and workflow to new heights, with a swathe of extra front panel controls for hands-on wrangling of FM, effects, LFOs and more; dual filters with six LP/HP/BP combinations; audio input for processing external sources with the onboard effects; and auxiliary audio outputs.

Summit Overview

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Analogue where it matters

The true stereo analogue signal path comprises dual analogue multimode filters, analogue VCAs and three stages of analogue distortion – pre- and post-filter, and post-VCA. With roots in the legendary OSCar, via Bass Station II, Summit’s analogue credentials are truly impressive.

Wavetable Editor

The Wavetable Editor unleashes the power of the wavetable oscillators. It features drawing tools and a Live Edit mode, so you can draw your own oscillator shapes and preview them in real time. Audio import lets you load in your own audio to be used as the oscillator waveform. Included is a curated selection of space-themed audio from the NASA sound library, plus exclusive content from production giants Noisia.

Summit firmware update v2.0

In Novation’s biggest update for Summit, 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.

Have a look at the full details of firmware update v2.0 for Summit in the Release Notes.

Release notes

Summit performance - Hinako

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Free patches for Summit

  • 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

    50 control knobs

    8 45mm sliders

    1 volume knob

    1 data encoder knob

    Rubberised knob caps with spun metal discs

    55 function buttons

    2 Animate buttons plus hold button

    OLED display

    Kensington Lock

    Power switch

    IEC power supply connector

    USB socket for system (MIDI comms only, no bus power)

    MIDI In / Out / Thru

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

    1 3.5mm jack socket for CV in

    2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right outputs

    2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right auxiliary outputs

    2 1/4" jack sockets for left and right inputs

    1/4" jack socket for headphone output

    Metal chassis with American walnut wooden end cheeks

    Metal magnetic inset end pieces
  • Width998.5mm
  • Depth92mm
  • Height303.5mm
Software compatibility
    Ableton Live Lite is included

    Summit is a USB-MIDI class compliant device
Power requirements
    Maximum power consumption 1A
Synth engine
    16 note polyphony (dependent on voices used per note)


    Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral Modes

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

    1 noise generator with HP filter control

    1 ring modulator

    2 LFOs

    1 amp envelope and 2 mod envelopes (ADHSR + looping)

    1 filter
Waveforms include
    Sine, tri, sawtooth, square / pulse, plus 43 wavetables of 5 waveforms per row
    1 state variable OTA filter per voice

    12/24dB slope

    Low-pass / band-pass / high-pass / dual filter (separation of each 12dB filters)

    dual filter: LP > HP, LP > BP, HP > BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP

    Pre-filter overdrive

    Post-filter distortion
    16 modulation slots per patch

    2 sources per destination per slot
Mod sources
    Direct (depth)

    Modulation wheel

    Aftertouch (polyphonic and channel AT)

    Expression pedal 1

    Expression pedal 2

    Keyboard velocity

    LFO1 positive

    LFO1 bi-polar

    LFO2 positive

    LFO2 bi-polar

    Amp envelope

    Mod envelope 1

    Mod envelope 2

    Animate 1

    Animate 2

    CV mod input bi-polar

    Bend Up

    Bend Down
Mod destinations
    Oscillator 1-3 frequency, v-sync level, shape amount and level

    Noise source level

    Ring modulator output level

    Overall synth output level

    Filter drive, distortion, cut-off frequency and resonance

    LFO 1 and 2 frequency

    Amp env / mod env 1 / mod env 2 attack, decay and release

    FM Osc 1 -> osc 2, osc 2 -> osc 3, osc 3 -> osc 1 and noise -> osc 1

    Osc 3 -> filter cutoff frequency

    Noise -> filter cutoff frequency
    FX are per part

    Analogue distortion

    3 chorus types

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

FX Mod Matrix source
    Direct (depth)

    Mod wheel


    Expression pedal 1

    Expression/breath pedal 2



    LFO 1 +/-

    LFO 2 +/-

    LFO 3 +/-

    LFO 4 +/-

    Amp envelope

    Mod envelope 1 & 2

    Animate 1 & 2

    CV +/-

    Bendwheel +/-

    Bend up

    Bend down
FX Mod Matrix destinations
    Distortion level

    Chorus level

    Chorus rate

    Chorus depth

    Chorus feedback

    Delay level

    Delay time

    Delay feedback

    Reverb level

    Reverb time

    Reverb low pass

    Reverb high pass
    FM controls on front panel

    Global LFO 3 & 4

    Arpeggiator with 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

    Microtuning with Scala table import and table tuning creation

    Manual mode

    Multi pot mode: Relative, Pot pick-up, Snap