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Novation Bass Station ll Analog Synthesizer Keyboard, 25-Key, New

The Bass Station is back with 25 full-sized keys and all-analog oscillators, filters and effects, plus the ability to store and recall patches and presets. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The Novation Bass Station II is an analog mono-synth based on the classic original Bass Station but re-worked for the 21st century. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analog effects section. Add a step sequencer, arpeggiator, full-sized keys and a powerful modulation section and you have the makings of a synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more. Bass Station II marks Novation's 21st birthday.

See it in action with this video from Novation:


More than Just a Bass Synth

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 together with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the Bass Station, but a much bigger sound.

Analog Signal Path, Digital Store/Recall

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.

25 Full-Size Velocity-Sensitive Keys

The key-mech 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.

5-Pin MIDI I/O plus MIDI over USB

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 with your computer over USB. You can even connect an external instrument and run it through Bass Station II's analog filter and effects.

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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 note is played)
- Multi trigger (re-triggers with every 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)

Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator:
- 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
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Bass Station ll
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Bass Station ll
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-431-2609
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Modern Retro Sound Machine"
Sound: The Bass Station II sounds excellent, just like a high quality analog monosynth should. Running it through the PA, a keyboard amp, or even through headphones, one can feel its raw sonic power. It's loud and clear (with no static noise like some vintage analog synths), the bass sounds are deep and smooth (it has a sub oscillator with three different waveforms), the tuning is rock solid thanks to the 2 DCOs, and the filter is fantastic, with an enormous range and depth! Just running the arpeggiator or the onboard sequencer while doing some manual filter sweeps is practically capable of inducing a state of hypnosis... Feature: The one thing that always annoyed me most about the SH-101 and the Pro-One was that I couldn't save the sounds I had created. With the Bass Station II you get 128 memory patches to store all your best sounds. The Bass Station II comes with 70 presets, most of which are actually pretty good, but all can be freely edited and/or overwritten. The arpeggiator is very versatile with a nice variety of settings and 32 rhythmic styles (unfortunately some of rhythm patterns are quite useless and rather annoying, however. I hope there's a way to reprogram those). The Bass Station II also has a 32 note sequencer, capable of storing 4 different sequences. The sequencer is great, it is triggered by whichever note you play and can be automatically transposed. One can also actually switch seamlessly between the 4 sequences, which really brings this thing to life. The Bass Station II also has a latch switch (i.e. hold switch), which not only keeps the apreggiator and sequencer going, but actually holds any single note indefinitely. Very useful for hands-free operation. Another neat little feature is the simple 3 digit multi-function LED display. It shows the patch number by default, but when you tweak any knobs, it shows the value of the parameter you're adjusting (e.g. tempo setting, ADSR values etc.). It has MIDI and USB connections which allow the Bass Station to be hooked up to other instruments and computers. The Bass Station also features blue backlit pitch bend and modulation wheels, which look very cool in the dark! Ease of Use: Right out of the box you'll find yourself tweaking the knobs and sliders, generating incredible sounds. It's very simple and intuitive to use, well laid out and compact. The instruction manual is only 20 pages long, and if you've ever used analog synths before you probably won't even need it until you get into the more advanced functions. The Bass Station II is a straight-forward monophonic synthesizer and it does what it's supposed to do incredibly well. Quality: Although the Bass Station II appears small and feels light, it is quite solidly built and doesn't feel cheap. It is a serious professional musical instrument, not a novelty gadget like the Korg Monotrons. All the controls (knobs and sliders) feel firm and durable. The 2-octave keyboard with full-size keys is very nice! The keys feel really comfortable to play and even have aftertouch. Value: At this price, the Bass Station II is definitely a bargain! If you want REAL (NOT Virtual) analog earth-shaking bass sounds, soaring leads, and electronic space noise, but don't want to pay through the nose for comparable vintage equipment, the Bass Station II is it! This little synth is guaranteed to become a classic! Nicely done, Novation! Manufacturer Support: N/A The Wow Factor: For analog purists, this is an exciting modern interpretation of retro/vintage synthesizer technology. It looks cool and futuristic with its black and blue color scheme, blinking lights, lots of knobs and sliders, and of course the blue hue of the pitch and mod wheels. But even better than that, it sounds fantastic and sort of takes you back to the early days of prog rock and electronica a la Pink Floyd or Kraftwerk. Overall: I used to own a Roland SH-101 and a Sequential Circuits Pro One many years ago and wanted something similar to be able to create fat synth bass-lines and leads, as well as general analog monophonic mayhem. The Novation Bass Station II does all that and more. It's basically an old-school analog mono synth similar to the SH-101 and the Pro One, but with a few modern conveniences, such as 128 patch memory and more compact size. It's enormously fun to play around with and to discover its seemingly endless and amazing sonic possibilities. It's great for both recording and live situations.
Style of Music: Punk, post-Punk, New Wave, Rock, Electronica
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Overall: I really have very little bad to say about this synth. The sound is absolutely exceptional and spans the gamut of being very clean to absolute chaos. It has a more "refined" sound than something comparable like the minibrute, but I'd also say it has less of its own character, which can be a plus or minus depending on your needs. It's nice to be able to have patch storage (and the LCD display will tell you how many number increments you're off as soon as you move a dial or slider, so you can always know where any knob or slider parameter started out at, which is a HUGE help). Also both filters are quite different sounding. The new "Acid" filter is actually a really nice touch (i.e., Roland 303 style), but you also get the classic bass station filters with LP/HP/BP (which I think were originally based upon a somewhat obscure filter design, from the Wasp synth or something similar). The oscillators all sound really smooth to me, and there's plenty of modulation you can get happening. I do wish they had implemented a 2nd ADSR; that's probably my biggest gripe, along with the lack of any CV I/O. However, at this price, you really can't go wrong. I can't imagine anyone that loves analog synths NOT being happy with this thing. With ZZounds payment plan, pretty much anyone can get ahold of one without much financial strain. And I'd say it's 100% worth it.
Style of Music: electronic.
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