Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer


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Product Highlights

  • 25 Keys with Aftertouch
  • Saveable Patches
  • 2 Oscillators & Sub-Octave Oscillator
  • Classic & Acid Style Filters
  • 2 Envelope Generators
  • 2 LFOs
  • Built-In Mixer
  • Analog Effects Section
  • 5-Pin DIN & USB MIDI I/O
  • Free Plug-Ins from Sound Collective
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Novation Bass Station II overview

  • 1Description

The Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer from Novation is a 25-key synthesizer with assignable aftertouch that, while designed for bass synth sounds, is also capable of leads and arpeggiated performance. It features two analog oscillators as well as a third, sub-octave oscillator. The tones its oscillators produce can be modulated, shaped, and altered by the Bass Station II's Classic and Acid filters, dual ADSR envelope generators, 2 LFOs, and analog distortion.

The synth has a built-in arpeggiators with 32 different patterns and a 1 to 4 octave range. The step sequencer provides another playing style with up to 4 different sequences. The Bass Station II's front-panel controls gives you hands on access to all of the synth's editable parameters. Your edits and created patches can be saved to the 64 user patches for fast recall.

Note: Register your Novation hardware to access innovative software every couple of months courtesy of the Sound Collective.

The Synth Engine
Oscillators: Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator. 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 24 dB slopes. The 'Acid' filter is based on a diode ladder filter design that delivers a characteristically 303-esque sound that is designed to squelch
Bass Station II has two effects (not including the filter overdrive). Analog distortion drives circuit components to add new frequencies to the sound. The second effect is 'Osc Filter Mod' which creates a distinctive FM-type sound by using Oscillator Two to modulate the filter frequency
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 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 creating many more LFO possibilities
Analog Signal Path
Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original Bass Station with a design optimized for bass
Two Distinct Analogue Filters
A brand new "Acid" filter joins the "Classic" original Bass Station filter -("Classic" switches between low, hi and band pass with 12 and 24 dB slopes)
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
Bass Station II's Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. You can also engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in - with legato and rests - and played back using any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns.
Dedicated Tweakable Controls
Analog synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters enabling hands-on control of the sound engine
Two Oscillators Plus a Sub-Oscillator
Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds
Analog Effects
Bass Station II includes fully analog distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive
2 Envelopes & 2 LFOs
LFO waveforms include triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold. Two ADSR envelopes are available for filter, pitch and pulse width modulation
MIDI I/O and USB Connectivity
Bass Station II can be connected to your music software as well as your MIDI compatible hardware
Synth-Action Keyboard with Aftertouch
The keyboard mechanism is a two-octave (25-note) velocity sensitive synth-action keyboard with full-size keys and assignable aftertouch
Sound Collective
The Sound Collective is a platform that will provide a free third-party software instrument or creative effect along with free and discounted synthesizers and effects and access to innovative software to all of their registered Novation hardware users
UPC: 815301000181
In the Box
Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
  • DC Power Supply Unit
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite Installation DVD
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Novation Bass Station II specs

    Keyboard 25-note synth-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
    Controller 1x pitch wheel
    1x modulation wheel
    1x octave up button
    1x octave down button
    1x master volume dial
    Programs 64x factory presets
    64x user patches
    I/O 1x USB MIDI (for connecting and powering the Bass Station II via host computer)
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS mono output
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS headphone output
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS external input
    1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS sustain pedal input
    1x 5-pin DIN MIDI input
    1x 5-pin DIN MIDI output
    1x DC power input
    Oscillators 2x analog oscillators
    1x analog sub-oscillator (tracked to oscillator 1)
    1x noise generator

    Oscillator Functions:
    Sync 1 & 2, detune, octave range, pitch bend, pitch modulation from mod envelope and/or LFO 1, pulse width modulation from mod envelope and/or LFO 2
    Waveform Type Oscillators 1 & 2: sine, triangle, sawtooth, square/variable pulse width
    Mixer Oscillator 1 level
    Oscillator 2 level
    Sub-Oscillator level
    Noise generator level
    Ring modulation depth
    External signal level
    Filter 1x Acid type (diode ladder filter design)
    1x Classic type (from original Bass Station)

    Filter Functions:
    Cutoff, resonance, overdrive, filter frequency to mod envelope depth, filter frequency to LFO 2 depth
    Classic Filter: Low-pass, band-pass, high-pass, 12 or 24 dB slopes
    Envelope 2x ADSR envelopes
    Amp, mod, or amp/mod combination envelopes
    Triggering Mode:
    Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
    Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)
    Autoglide (engages portamento)
    Limiter VCA
    LFO 2 LFOs, each selectable between:
    Triangle, sawtooth, square, sample and hold, independent rate & delay, key sync LFO 1 & 2, LFO slew on LFO 1 & 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)
    Effects Distortion send
    Oscillator filter modulation amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter frequency)
    Sequencer Step Sequencer:
    Up to 4 sequences
    32 presets with insertable rests or legato (slide), sequencer re-trigger function
    Arpeggiator Up to 32 different patterns
    1 to 4 octave ranges
    Swing function
    Directions: up, down, up/down 1, up/down 2, as played, random
    Portamento Adjustable glide time
    Single trigger or re-trigger modes
    System Requirements Mac: OS X 10.7 or later
    Windows: Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows 8
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 8.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 14.5 x 6.0"

    Novation Bass Station II reviews

    Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely happy with this synthesizer! I do a lot of home studio recording and live performance as a keyboard player, and I needed a good, hands-on mono synth. I tried going the VST and midi controller route, but it fell short. The Bass Station II is well built, especially the keyboard. The keys are full length piano keys and the key bed is solid. The aftertouch is awesome, and the special key functions and controls layout is easy to navigate. I really love the sequencer functions as well. The documentation has some annoying typos, at least the english version does, but descriptions are well-written. There are some really good demos/tutorials on YouTube as well.
    Date published: 2016-03-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bassy, squelchy nasty I tried this synth at winter namm show and was sold instantly. This synth is seriously awesome. I own a microbrute, a mopho and a bass station 2. By far my favorite of the three. I can get the aggressive bass tones I am looking for quickly with this synth. I love the fact that it has after touch. The arpegiator/ sequencer works with other synths and vst plugins. Syncs up with ableton wonderfully. My only problem with it is that my led display broke. Only one number segment is not working. Not any function of the audio has been compromised. I have considered sending it in for repair but I can't bare being without such an instant essential part of my studio for,such a minor repair. I gave it 4/5 stars just because mine broke. I still completely recommend this synth.
    Date published: 2014-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great monosynth for the price 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). The sounds that are possible just seem more alive to me, and the control layout is very conducive to being able to quickly dial in a sound that you like. The whole unit is made of plastic, which doesn't really bother me, but I guess some might say it looks cheap. To me the knobs do not feel cheap to me (nor does the keyboard). I like the simplicity of the display. There are no menus to navigate, and everything can be accessed right away. The signal flow and modulation possibilities are a little more limited than the Mopho, but they are designed in such a way that you can still get a huge array of sounds
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome features in a small package This monophonic analog synth is exactly what I had been looking for in regards to features and price point. Other synths that have similar amount of features are usually way more expensive. The sounds that you can make with this thing are awesome! And it's not just bass sounds. I also love the fact that this synth, as opposed to other competing synths, has full sized keys. This was worth every penny!
    Date published: 2016-11-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loose Assembly, But Good :) I'm not super familiar with Novation products, and this is the first bass synth I've owned. But... Out of the box, the mod wheels were not that great. Key action is Aftertouch at its worst. The model however looks awesome! Overall good purchase, just wish I had after market mod wheel components.
    Date published: 2017-08-24
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