UltraNova Synthesizer Tip & Example Patch: How to Latch Notes to Create Drones


I’ve seen some questions on the UltraNova forum asking if it’s possible to sustain a note indefinitely to create drones even though there is no “hold” parameter. It is indeed possible and can be done by using the Gator effect. Here is how it works.

  1. Insert the Gator effect into a free slot
  2. Turn on the effect
  3. Set the algorithm to “Mono 16” and turn all steps to full on
  4. Press the “Latch Button”

Now when you press a key, the note will sound indefinitely. If you want to toggle this in real-time, use the “Effects” menu system on the UltraNova and navigate to the “Gator” and turn the knob above “GLatch”. Turn it on and off, then press the “Lock” key. Now the Touched/Filter knob will toggle between a droning not and a note that follows the amp envelope.

Click here to download a sysex patch I created called “Latch Note MM” that illustrates the concept and can be used as a base patch for drones. I mapped a few modulators to make the patch a little more interesting. Use the UltraNova editor to load the patch.



Happy droning!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

10 thoughts on “UltraNova Synthesizer Tip & Example Patch: How to Latch Notes to Create Drones

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  1. You keep coming up with good stuff. I was planning on getting a Novation SL Mark II keyboard controller, but now I’m thinking about an Ultranova instead….


  2. Thanks. They are apples and oranges really. I have both. The Remote SL MK II is essential if you want to do controllerism with Ableton Live. The UltraNova is a great perforumance synth. It has some Automap capabilities, but is no where close to Remote SL.


  3. Ive bought the ultranova i found the sounds dont really suit 2k type music and have been thoroghly dissapointed with the after sales service i was sold the unit under the understanding there was a user libuary section which is non exhistant on the novation site….wicked unit touch concepts the bomb but the site is very unprofessional


  4. Its a shame novation havent approached Sonic Academy or some other 3rd party to speed up the growth of a wicked concept and unit for unskilled synthisis users…. I could see this taking off in a big way if it was given to cutting edge producers to make patches for them ie krafty cuts stanton warriors etc i guess theyd make patches for end users if it was in their arsenal… they should be on it but my experience is there not in a hurry ive had the unit a month now and still no joy on the users libuary section on the novation site ….. COME ON GUYS pull your fingers out…….


  5. There are so few factory slots that the factory patches don’t do it justice. This is a performance synth for sure and really shines when you just init the patch and start programming it to suit your needs.


    1. Yeah, this is a super old article. I’ll dip back into my archives and find the old sysex and drop a comment here when I’ve got it.


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