The haunting sounds of the Hammond Novachord have always intrigued us here at HS Towers. Made from over a hundred valves, thousands of capacitors and miles of hand sewn wiring looms and built in 1939, it was several decades ahead of its time ... the world's first polyphonic synthesiser housed in a beautiful, cherrywood cabinet...
And it had a sound all its own.
Its 'Is it an organ or not ... so what is it?" sounds and its creepy tones have graced many an old movie to great effect and indeed, our own Novachord library has been used in many productions including the award winning 'Alan Wake' game scored by Petri Alanko so we thought it might be nice if we did a 'lite' version so that others can enjoy this unique sound. So with the kind permission of the Novachord's owner, Dan Wilson, here it is...
It has just the raw Novachord waveform but has two resonators and a 'Mellow' filter which along with vibrato and and an AHDSR envelope, allows a great range of deliciously antiquated Novachord sounds to be created. But there a twist to Novalite...
It allows you to stack up to four layers which can be mixed, panned, tuned, detuned, shaped and filtered to create new sounds unimaginable on the original and each layer is individually editable.
To round this off, the whole lot feeds into a comprehensive chain of multiFX that includes distortion and cab simulation (to emulate the sound of the Novachord through its own amplification) and chorus, phase shifter, rotary speaker, mono and stereo echo and convolved reverb with a wide range of impulses from massive ambiences to concert halls, rooms and authentic spring reverbs...
This is a great opportunity to own a unique piece of synth history. As always, it's sampled 'warts and all' and not sanitised or edited or processed in any way to suck the life of of this vibrant, unique and innovative instrument - this is raw 1939 Novachord with a modern twist.
More info and a history of the Novachord at Novachord.co.uk
||Dan Wilson , Hideaway Studios
||Hollow Sun and Mario Krušelj
Kontakt 4.2.3 full version
Windows® XP (SP2, 32bit) / Vista® (32/64 Bit), Windows 7® (32/64 Bit), Pentium® or Athlon XP 1.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Mac OS® X 10.5 or higher, Intel® Core™ Duo 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM
|NOTE : It will work with the Kontakt Player but only in 'demo' mode and the session will be time limited.
I can make it sound very much like the real thing so you've "won" !
Yeah that's right, bought the Novalite this morning, and yeah, still playing with it.
Top drawer stuff.
Neil Fellowes - Geigertek
Fantastic. I have your original Novachord library and this is a wonderfull addition. Thanks so much.
Tim - via email
Redspark - KVR
I just got several Hollow Sun instruments from Music Laboratory Machine.
These instruments reveal their qualities to me day after day. They have a special, undefinable essence... they sound deep and malleable.
Creating new patches is a delightful source of new surprises again and again. These instruments can sit in a mix very well: spaces, frequencies, body, all elements are right what it takes to give you the mastered resulting sound as you imagined it while designing and recording.
There'll be many many other "musical dialogues" with all my Music Laboratory Machines instruments...
Thank You Steve!!
Your work has gained my unconditioned respect and admiration.
Matteo - KVR
brilliant! i'm loving these machines.
they bring such a unique sound and feeling to any track i use them in.
thanks Stephen for your wonderful work.
neil - KVR
Chris Salt - Facebook
I can't get enough Novachord action. I love this - great addition to your range and to your Novachord. Thanks.
Girogio - via email
This thing sounds freakin' awesome!
ftech - KVR
I can't believe you make such amazing old stuff like this available for such affordable prices. I've watched your YouTube video [of the Novachord] many times and now I have that sound here
and it sounds the same. What an amazing instrument with a unique sound and you've captured it so well.
Good job. Thanks.
Tony - via email