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      Novation Bass Station II (H96667)
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The classic Novation Bass Station, reworked for the 21st Century.

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 into a brand new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the Bass Station, 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. 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.


The key-mechanism 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. 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 can interface with your computer over USB.


The Synth Engine: A Brief Overview
Oscillators: Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator (which is 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.

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!


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. This is very good at crunchy, sound-mulching effects that substantially fatten up bass and lead patches.


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 Two 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.


Arpeggiator and step sequencer: Bass Station II’s Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are killer performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. The fun really starts when you engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in – with legato and rests – and assigned to any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns. As well as getting ideas down quickly and programming performance sequences, this is a brilliant way to preview patches while you are editing them.

Novation Bass Station II Features:

  • Analog synth: brand new version of the classic Bass Station
    Two distinct analog filters: brand new “Acid” filter joins the “Classic” original Bass Station filter
    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
    Analog synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters
    Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator
    Analog effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analog distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add an aggressive, crunchy sound-quality
    Flexible modulation featuring 2 Envelopes and 2 LFOs
    MIDI I/O and USB connectivity
    Players 'synth-action' keyboard with aftertouch


Novation Bass Station II Specifications:

  • SYNTH ENGINE
    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 new note is played)
    Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new 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)
    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


Novation Bass Station II

Warranty Statement
All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Novation undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Novation product, please contact Novation at: mickg@novationmusic.com and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Novation Reseller from which you purchased the product or the Novation Distributor in your country of residence or business. If you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Novation Distributor.
This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Novation in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Novation. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact us for general advice.

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  • powerful little unit

    As reviewed by Steve Thompson on 10/3/2013

    I was raised old school in the early days of electronics. The bass station has everything and more. Old is new again. Syncs well with other machines. The layout is right on the money and the program saving feature is awesome. Light and compact. Manual is great and explains the synth basics. Easy to compose on with great options to mess with. Very well engineered machine. Mono rules especially for bass! Highly recommend!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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