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Summit

$2749 novationmusic.com

Back in July 2017, I reviewed Novation’s Peak, their flagship hybrid polysynth featuring eight voices and analog filters. Fast forward to September 2019 and Novation have launched their newest flagship keyboard, based on two Peaks with various other juicy improvements. Once again designed in collaboration with Chris Hugget (Chris designed the legendary OSCar), Summit (Twin Peaks would have been too obvious perhaps!?) feels just like Peak in as much as it’s a premium product with super-tight rubberized knobs, good quality faders, nice, satisfyingly clicky buttons and a clear OLED screen with adjustable brightness.

This time, however, the twin expanded Peak engines are packaged in a very high-quality metal chassis, which stands firmly on a blue rubber surround/pad on its underside. Unlike Peak, Summit has a proper IEC power connector inlet and built-in power supply, so the wall wart is gone, making

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