Building upon the success of the Novation Peak synthesizer, the flagship Novation Summit is a two-part multitimbral, 16-voice polyphonic synthesizer with a premium five-octave, semi-weighted keyboard (with velocity and aftertouch); it is well suited for musicians, sound designers, and synthesizer enthusiasts.

Summit effectively puts the power of two Peaks at your fingertips, enabling 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 hidden controls and functions made accessible on the front panel including FM routing, LFOs 3 & 4, all arpeggiator parameters, and dedicated pitch and mod wheels. What’s more, the Summit features numerous new filter options, and an audio input for processing external sources with its reverb, chorus, and delay effects.

The instrument features analog-sounding NCOs (numerically controlled oscillators), which include 3 new Oxford oscillators per voice, as well as a flexible digital domain with 43 digital wavetables of 5 waveforms per row. The instrument also features an analog, multimode, state-variable OTA filter with high-pass, band-pass, low-pass, and dual-filter selections with 12/24 dB slopes. The dual filter offers several routing configurations including LP to HP, LP to  BP, HP to BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP. Summit’s sound engine is rounded out by analog distortion, overdrive, and digital effects including chorus, delay, and reverb per part.

At the heart of the synthesizer lies the high-powered processor component called a field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip, which far surpasses traditional DSP chips. Each of Peak’s 16 voices has an independent oversampling digital-to-analog converter (DAC). These DACs are oversampling at over 24 MHz (24 million times per second), using a simple RC (resistor-capacitor) filter on their output in the analog domain. Peak’s ability to generate waveforms at the oversampling frequency (up to 512 times the traditional rate) ensures that Peak’s waveforms are pure at all frequencies and free from digital artifacts, no matter how aggressively the pitch is modulated.

The front panel of the synthesizer provides a variety of controllers for 1:1 control over most of its parameters. There are 50 control knobs, 8 sliders, 1 data encoder, 1 volume knob, 55 function buttons, 2 animate buttons, and a crisp OLED display. What’s more, most of the control knobs, switches, and sliders transmit continuous controller data for recording and playing back automation from your sequencer of choice.

The rear panel offers a 1/4″ headphone output, stereo (left & right) 1/4″ outputs, two auxiliary 1/4″ outputs, two 1/4″ inputs, two 1/4″ pedal inputs, and an 1/8″ CV modulation input for incorporating modular synthesizers. Additionally, the instrument features MIDI In, Out, and Thru via standard 5-pin DIN connectors. The onboard USB port is class compliant and transmits system and MIDI data. The Summit includes a power cord, USB cable, and a download card for Ableton Live Lite 9 and Loopmasters sample content.



  • FPGA-based numerically controlled oscillators (NCOs) running at 24 MHz generate waveforms in the style of those produced by analog oscillators
  • 16-voice polyphony
  • Three multiwaveform oscillators per voice
  • Waveform shaping on all waveform types
  • Analog signal path (filters, distortions, VCA)
  • Traditional, dedicated-function rotary controls
  • LP/BP/HP filter with variable slope, resonance, overdrive, and modulation options
  • Two independent LFO sections
  • Separate Amp and Mod envelope sections with ADSR fader controls
  • Ring modulator inputs (Osc 1 and 2)
  • Versatile arpeggiator with wide range of patterns
  • Glide (portamento) with dedicated time control
  • Preloaded with 256 brand new patches
  • Memory for 256 additional user patches
  • Two animate buttons for adding spot effects in live performance
  • Powerful effects including distortion, delay, chorus, and reverb
  • Class-compliant USB port (no drivers required), patch dump, and MIDI
  • OLED display for patch selection and parameter adjustment
  • Standard IEC power cable
  • External CV input for integration with other analog equipment
  • Headphone output
  • Supports any two pedals (sustain or expression)
  • Kensington security slot


Connectors Headphone: 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
Stereo Outputs (Left & Right): 2 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
Auxiliary Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
Inputs: 2 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
Pedal 1: 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
Pedal 2: 1/4″ / 6.35 mm
MIDI In, Out, & Thru: 3 x 5-Pin DIN
Power: Standard IEC Power Cord
Controls 50 x Control Knobs
8 x 1.8″ / 45.0 mm Sliders
1 x Volume Knob
1 x Data Encoders
Rubberized Knob Caps with Spun 55 x Function Buttons
2 x Animate Button 
2 x Hold Button
Display OLED Display
Security Kensington Security Slot
USB USB Socket for System / MIDI Communication only (No Bus-Power)
Sound Generator
Synthesizer Structure 16-Note Polyphony (Dependent on Voices Used Per Note)
2-Par Multitimbral
Modes: Layered, Split, Dual Bi-Timbral 
5 Voice Modes: Mono, MonoLG, Mono2, Poly, and Poly2


Voice Specifications 3 x Oscillators
1 x Noise Generator
1 x Ring Modulator
2 x LFOs
1 x Amp Envelope and 2 Mod Envelopes (ADHSR + Looping)
1 x Filter
Oscillator Sine, Tri, Sawtooth, Square / Pulse, plus 43 Wavetables of 5 Waveforms per Row
Filter 1 x State-Variable OTA Filter per Voice
12/24 dB Slope
Low Pass / Band Pass / High Pass / Dual Filter (Separation of Each 12 dB Filters)
Dual Filter: LP to HP, LP to BP, HP to BP, LP + HP, LP + BP, HP + BP, LP + LP, BP + BP, and HP + HP
Pre-Filter Overdrive
Post-Filter Distortion
Modulation 16 x Modulation Slots per Patch
Each Slot has 2 Sources to 1 Destination
Effects Effects are Per Part
Analog Distortion
Chorus: 3 x Types
Delay: 16 x Types of Delay Sync, LP & HP Damping, Slew, and Stereo
Reverb: 3 x Types


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator with Key Latch
33 x Patterns
Patch Memory Patch Storage: Up to 512 on Hardware (Ships with 256 Factory Patches)
Portamento Glide: Yes
MIDI Data All Knobs (excluding Volume), Sliders, and Most Buttons Transmit and Receive MIDI CC Commands for External Control and Mapping
Software Compatibility Ableton Live Lite 9 is Included
Summit is a USB-MIDI, Class-Compliant Device
Material of Construction Metal Chassis with American Walnut Wooden End Cheeks
Metal Magnetic Inset End Pieces
Power Maximum Power Consumption: 1 A
Dimensions 12 x 39.3 x 3.6″ / 30.3 x 99.8 x 9.1 cm
Weight 23.5 lb / 10.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 31.01 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 44 x 16.75 x 7.3″



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