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Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

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Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
Key Features
  • 25 Keys with Aftertouch
  • Classic and Acid Style Filters
  • 2 Oscillators plus Sub-Octave Oscillator
  • Free Update to AFX Mode
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 and 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.
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Novation Bass Station II Overview

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 and 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 give you hands on access to all of the synth's editable parameters. Your edits and self-created patches can be saved to the 64 user patches for fast recall.

You can easily turn your Bass Station II into an AFX Station with the v4.14 firmware update (free download available separately). Developed in collaboration with electronic music legend Aphex Twin (Richard James), the AFX mode enables you to assign a discrete set of synthesis parameters to each note on Bass Station II's keyboard. Use it to introduce subtle changes to a sound as you play up and down the keyboard, divide the keyboard into multiple zones—one per key if you like—each playing its own sound, or create entire drum kits in a single preset for triggering manually or via the arpeggiator. This inspiring mode opens up a whole new world of sound design and performance possibilities.

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
Effects
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
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 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 Analog 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)
Patches
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
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
AFX Mode with Free v4.14 Firmware Update
Fixed Duration Envelopes: The sustain segments of Bass Station II's envelopes can be set to a fixed length, moving on to the release stage regardless of when the key or trigger is actually released after playing a note—crucial for making drum kits
Extended Sub-Oscillator Control: You can set the sub to any non-octave tracking interval you like, and knock it out of tune subtly or dramatically for creative effect
Oscillator Glide Diverge: You can slow down the Glide time of Oscillator 2 relative to Oscillator 1 by a variable amount, causing the two to diverge for interesting portamento effects
Envelope Retrigger Count: The number of times the envelopes retrigger can be adjusted
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Novation Bass Station II Specs

Keyboard
25-Note Synth-Action Keyboard with Assignable Aftertouch
Controller
1 x Pitch Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
1 x Octave-Up Button
1 x Octave-Down Button
1 x Master-Volume Dial
Programs
64 x Factory Presets
64 x User Patches
I/O
1 x USB MIDI for Connecting and Powering the Bass Station II via Host Computer
1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS Mono Output
1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS Headphone Output
1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS External Input
1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm TRS Sustain Pedal Input
1 x 5-Pin DIN MIDI Input
1 x 5-Pin DIN MIDI Output
1 x DC Power Input
Oscillators
2 x Analog Oscillators
1 x Analog Sub-Oscillator (Tracked to Oscillator 1)
1 x Noise Generator

Oscillator Functions:
Sync 1 and 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 and 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
1 x Acid Type (Diode-Ladder Filter Design)
1 x 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
2 x ADSR Envelopes
Amp, Mod, or Amp/Mod Combination Envelopes
Triggering Mode:
Single Trigger (Holds Envelope State when New Note is Played)
Multi Trigger (Retriggers with Every New Note Played)
Autoglide (Engages Portamento)
Limiter
VCA
LFO
2 LFOs, Each Selectable Between:
Triangle, Sawtooth, Square, Sample and Hold, Independent Rate and Delay, Key Sync LFO 1 and 2, LFO Slew on LFO 1 and 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 Retrigger 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
Latch
Portamento
Adjustable Glide Time
Single Trigger or Retrigger 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 x 14.5 x 6"

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