How to configure the Ultranova with the Ultranova Editor plug-in in Ableton Live.

This applies to the UltraNova

The Ultranova has a software plugin companion which acts as a 'Remote Control' so you don't have to rely on the hardware controls. This has to be opened inside your DAW host (Ableton etc). It is not a 'stand-alone' program like the Librarian and cannot be used on your computer without a host program.

 1.) Ensure that the Ultranova Editor (Current version: 1.4) has been downloaded and installed as a plugin. The plugin can be used as an Audio Unit or VST.  If you do not already have this software, you can find it within your online Novation User Account ('Downloads & Activations'), or download the file from these locations:

  • PC -
  • MAC -

2.) Once installed please ensure that you can see your plugin via the Ableton Plug-in menu, as shown below. This will also appear in your VST folder.

Ableton Plugin Category

 NOTE: If you do not have the Ultranova Editor appear here, please ensure that you have directed Ableton to read the plugin from it's installation directory, as per image below. If you are using a Windows machine, your VST plugin directory will differ so ensure you are navigated to the correct directory folder.

Ableton - Plug-in Directory


 3.) Once the directory folder has been scanned, you will need to insert the Ultranova Editor plugin on to a MIDI Track. The Ultranova Editor is not a "soft-synth" and will not produce audio so this cannot be used on an Audio Track. However, it is a MIDI plugin controller, which enables the control of the Ultranova Hardware's parameters via MIDI.

Ultranova - To Midi Track


 4.) The Ultranova Editor should appear automatically when it has been inserted into a MIDI Track. However, if this is not the case then manually click the Track Insert "Plug-in Edit" button which is located on the insert strip.

Ultranova Editor - Plug-in Edit

 NOTE: The Ultranova Editor window will now open once the "Plug-in Edit' button is clicked.

5.) You are ready to edit and control the Ultranova from this point onwards. You should see the Ultranova appear just like any other plug-in, as below. However, if you wish to use the Ultranova Audio interface please move on to step 6.)

Ultranova - Editor

6.) To use the Ultranova within Ableton as it's own audio interface, you will need to ensure that the Ableton Audio Preferences have been set. On Mac the "Preferences" tab will be located from the "LIVE" option at the top of the taskbar. On Windows computers, the "Preferences" tab will appear under "Options" at the top of the taskbar. 

On Mac computers the Driver Type will be listed as the CoreAudio driver. On Windows the Driver Type will be listed as ASIO. Regardless of which operating system you are using, ensure that the Audio Input Device and Audio Output Device are set to "Ultranova (2 In, 4 Out)".

Ableton - Ultranova Audio Preferences

 7.) To enable the audio from the Ultranova to be streamed into an Audio Track, you will need to set the inputs of the Audio Track to represent the input channels of the Ultranova. The screenshot below highlights the routing settings which should be adhered to for a stereo signal on a single audio track.

Ultranova Internal Stereo Input


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