Novation Bass Station II

Model #Bass Station II

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Expert Reviews
Sound on sound.34678444
28 September 2013

The Bass Station 2 is a synth with personality that produces ripping, gnashy solos as readily as solid analogue bass. If you can adapt to the short keyboard, it's a delight to play and to sequence.

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    A fab-sounding, affordable analogue synth with patch memories., The sequencer is instant fun — and transmits its output via MIDI., Keyboard generates velocity and aftertouch., MIDI data is sent from every control.

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    Keyboard length is restrictive., No 'pot pickup'., Multi-functionality; not WYSIWYG.

Audiofanzine.32871410
22 September 2013

The Bass Station II is an undeniable accomplishment. It has almost everything to please us: it's financially accessible, easy to use and offers nice and diverse sounds. We like especially the oscillators (which can be widely modulated), the multi-mode filter, the different distortions, the clever...

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    The undeniable analog color, Very broad sound possibilities, Numerous controls, Velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch, A sub oscillator, Modulations within the oscillators, Resonant multi-mode filter, Pre-filter overdrive and post-filter distortion, Modulation possibilities, Arpeggiator with...

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    Several shared controls, Secondary functions, Keyboard limited to two octaves, Key follow fixed on the filter, No CV/Gate connections

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
23 January 2014
10/10

I've been using this keyboard to make electronic music both live and recorded. I can compare it to the Dave Smith Mopho keyboard (which I also have), and I would say that I actually think I prefer it (even though the Mopho is a lot more expensive).

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    Huge sound, Value For Moneu, Value for Money

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    All Plastic Case

Product Description
Bass Station II is an analog mono-synth with a talent for bass, but a sound-engine that is versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios. It brings the best elements of the original Bass Station into a brand new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the Bass Station, but much much bigger.The signal path is pure analog - including the effects section. The hardware has been laid out in modules with dedicated pots, switches, sliders and buttons for all major parameters. Critically, you can store and recall patches on Bass Station II. It comes with 64 killer factory presets, space for 64 of your own sounds on the hardware, and you can store more on your computer.The key-mechanism consists of 25 full sized keys that are velocity sensitive with assignable aftertouch. It has been developed as a ˜synth-action' keyboard, where each key is individually sprung so it is light to the touch and highly responsive to the synth engine. Bass Station II is a fully class compliant MIDI device with MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports - for connecting to other MIDI outboard - and can interface with your computer over USB.The Synth Engine: A Brief OverviewOscillators: Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator (which is the critical component in creating rich, analog bass sounds). Oscillators One and Two are switchable between sine, sawtooth, square and variable pulse width, and Oscillator Three - the sub osc - can be set to one or two octaves below Oscillator One. It can be square, sine or narrow pulse width, delivering the characteristically ˜fat' bass tone.Filters: You can select between two discrete filters - ˜Acid' or ˜Classic' - each with a built in overdrive for pushing filter tones from dry, to warm, to nasty! The ˜Classic' Bass Station filter can be switched between low pass, high pass and band pass at 12 or 24dB slopes. The ˜Acid' filter is based on a diode ladder filter design that delivers a characteristically 303-esque sound that is designed to squelch!Effects: Bass Station II has two effects (not including the filter overdrive). Analog distortion drives circuit components to add new frequencies to the sound. Bass Station II's Distortion function can add gentle warmth, filthy granularity and anything in between. The second effect is ˜Osc Filter Mod' which creates a distinctive FM-type sound by using Oscillator Two to modulate the filter frequency. This is very good at crunchy, sound-mulching effects that substantially fatten up bass and lead patches.Modulation: There are two envelope generators and two low frequency oscillators (LFOs). The first envelope is an ADSR amp envelope and the second is a mod envelope that can be used to modulate filter frequency, oscillator pitch and osc pulse width. LFO One is dedicated to pitch modulation whereas LFO Two is used to modulate osc pulse width and filter frequency. Although it looks like there are four LFO waveforms, the ˜LFO Slew' function can be used freely to sculpt LFOs into smoother wave-shapes.Arpeggiator and step sequencer: Bass Station II's Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are killer performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. The fun really starts when you engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in - with legato and rests - and assigned to any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns. As well as getting ideas down quickly and programming performance sequences, this is a brilliant way to preview patches while you are editing them.
  • SYNTH ENGINE
    Oscillators
    Osc 1
    Osc 2
    Sub Osc (3)
    Noise generator
    Osc 1 & 2
    Select between waveforms:
    sine
    triangle
    sawtooth
    square/variable pulse width
    Features
    Sync 1 & 2
    Detune
    Octave range
    Pitch bend
    Pitch modulation to Mod Envelope and LFO 1
    Pulse width modulation to Mod Envelope and LFO 2
    Sub Osc (3) which is tracked to Osc 1
    Select independently between waveforms:
    Sine
    Square
    Narrow pulse
    Features
    All modulation and tuning tracked to Osc 1
    Independent octave select
    MIXER
    Osc 1 level
    Osc 2 level
    Sub Osc level
    Noise generator level
    Ring modulation depth
    External signal level
    FILTER
    Two filter types
    Acid type (diode ladder filter design)
    Classic type (derived from original Bass Station)
    Features
    Cutoff
    Resonance
    Overdrive
    Filter frequency to Mod Envelope depth
    Filter frequency to LFO 2 depth
    Select 'Classic' filter between:
    Low pass
    Band pass
    High pass
    12dB slope
    24dB slope
    ENVELOPES
    Two ADSR Envelopes (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)
    Amp Envelope
    Mod Envelope
    Combined control of both Envelopes
    Select triggering mode between:
    Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
    Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)
    Autoglide (engages portamento)
    There is also a VCA limiter
    LFO
    Two LFOs each selectable between:
    Triangle
    Sawtooth
    Square
    Sample and hold
    Both LFOs independently adjustable between rate and delay time
    Key sync LFO 1 & 2
    LFO slew on LFO 1& 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)
    EFFECTS
    Distortion send
    Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)
    ARPEGGIATOR
    Up to 32 different patterns
    Select between 1-4 octave range
    Swing function
    Select direction:
    up
    down
    up / down 1
    up / down 2
    As played
    Random
    Latch (hold the arpeggiator)
    STEP SEQUENCER
    Up to four sequences
    Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own
    insert rests or legato (slide)
    Sequencer re-trigger function
    PORTAMENTO
    Adjust glide time
    Single trigger or re-trigger modes
    Integrate into step sequencer and arpeggiator
    HARDWARE & CONTROLLER ASSIGNMENT
    25 note synth-action keyboard
    Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate:
    ? Filter frequency
    ? LFO 1to Osc pitch
    ? Osc 2 speed
    Pitch wheel
    Modulation wheel can be assigned to:
    ? LFO 2 to filter frequency
    ? LFO 1 to Osc pitch
    ? Osc 2 pitch
    Octave up/ down buttons
    64 factory presets
    64 slots for user patches (and patch dump facility for storing more)
    Master volume dial
    INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
    USB MIDI (for connecting & powering Bass Station II via host computer)
    Mono output on 1/4" TRS jack
    Headphone output on 1/4" TRS jack
    External input on 1/4" TRS jack
    Sustain pedal input on 1/4" TS jack
    MIDI IN / MIDI OUT ports on 5 pin din
    DC power input
    Switch between power off / DC powered / bus powered
  • Analog synth: brand new version of the classic Bass Station
  • Two distinct analog filters: brand new "Acid" filter joins the "Classic" original Bass Station filter
  • Bass Station II ships with 64 factory patches and a further 64 user slots
  • Patch dump enables you to archive and swap sounds
  • Pattern-based Step Sequencer and Arpeggiator
  • Analog synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters
  • Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator
  • Analog effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analog distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add an aggressive, crunchy sound-quality
  • Flexible modulation featuring 2 Envelopes and 2 LFOs
  • MIDI I/O and USB connectivity
  • Players 'synth-action' keyboard with aftertouch
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