The Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer builds on the success of the original Bass Station, combining modern innovation with classic design. The classic Novation Bass Station Analog Synth reworked for the 21st Century! With 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 much more.
Version 4.14 Firmware Update
With AFX mode from Aphex Twin Ground-breaking new features and upgrades. With the 4.14 firmware upgrade, Novation have added five new and powerful features to the Bass Station. One of the most exciting features is the new AFX mode. Developed alongside legendary electronic music producer Aphex Twin, the AFX mode allows you to patch on a key-by-key basis. Now you can make subtle changes to sounds as you play, or divide the keyboard into multiple zones for live performances. Envelopes now feature a fixed duration parameter, eliminating the decay state of the envelope. The decay slider than dictates the duration of the sustain stage, this is ideal for drum programming and plucks. Other new features include extended sub-oscillator control, oscillator glide diverse and envelope retrigger count. Each new feature helps to expand the creative possibilities of your Bass Station.
The classic Novation Bass Station analog synth reworked Novation’s 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 BassStation into a brand new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the BassStation, 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. 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 even more on your computer.
Three analog oscillators
Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator, 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.
Acid and classic 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!
Premium-grade analog 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.