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Novation Bass Station II

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1365021482313   POS #:109124545
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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...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Price: RUB 27,292.64
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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.


  • 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
    • 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
    • Osc 1 level
    • Osc 2 level
    • Sub Osc level
    • Noise generator level
    • Ring modulation depth
    • External signal level
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Distortion send
    • Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)
    • 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)
    • Up to four sequences
    • Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own
    • insert rests or legato (slide)
    • Sequencer re-trigger function
    • Adjust glide time
    • Single trigger or re-trigger modes
    • Integrate into step sequencer and arpeggiator
    • 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
    • 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
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    powerful little unit

    By Steve Thompson

    from Dover NH

    Comments about Novation Bass Station II:

    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!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Incredible machine!

    By Ronald

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Novation Bass Station II:

    This synth is INCREDIBLE, especially for the price. A lot of great features, fun to play with, good build quality, great interface and finally, AWESOME SOUND. The knobs are sturdy and of good quality and the keys are big enough to play with with ease. Many of the presets are great while others aren't that special, but the true sound capabilities of the Bass Station 2 are seen once you start tweaking it and making your own sounds. If there is a preset you don't like, do what I did and just tweak the sound and make it something even better. But the sounds this thing can produce can be amazing. All in all, this is a huge bang for your buck and I recommend this machine to anyone looking for a great analog synth.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Monosynth & Unbeatable Price

    By John

    from undisclosed

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        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music

        Comments about Novation Bass Station II:

        I've been using this synth for bass lines and sequences in my electronic music for over a year now, and it's rich, deep sound never disappoints. The BS2 is a beast with a great analog sound. It's well built, sturdy, but still very lightweight and compact. There's a bit of toggling/menu-diving, as the compact layout combines Oscillators, LFO, and filters into single sets of controls with selector switches, but the digital readout is very helpful in this area, and has 2 LED's for show +/- changes to presets. I really like that it has full size keys that play quite nicely and have velocity/aftertouch. You often hear a synth is great for the price, but this synth is just plain great, and the low price is that much more of a bonus.


        Value! Great synth for an awesome price!

        By Apeiros

        from Brookdale, CA

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        • Easy to Use
        • Extra user patches
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys
        • Wide range of control


          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Loop creation
          • MIDI

          Comments about Novation Bass Station II:

          I play with this thing like a toy, and make both loops and other recordings. I love this synth!!!

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