Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer Keyboard, 25-Key

Dimensions (W x D x H): 18" x 10.75" x 3" (457 x 273 x 76 mm)

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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 8.25 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
Novation Warranty Novation offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Novation products.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-431-2609
(4 ratings)
Submitted March 2, 2014 by Benjamin F in Las Cruces, NM
"One of the all time greatest mini-monosynths to date."
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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.
Musical Background:
mixing engineer/producer; well over a decade
Musical Style:
electronic.
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