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Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller

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The Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller combines a first-class 25-key keyboard, killer sounds, MIDI control, a MIDI interface, and mouthwatering effects in a compact, portable controller that can be powered with USB or batteries. The Novation X-Station employs a premium-class mechanism with semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. Even novice piano pla...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller combines a first-class 25-key keyboard, killer sounds, MIDI control, a MIDI interface, and mouthwatering effects in a compact, portable controller that can be powered with USB or batteries.

The Novation X-Station employs a premium-class mechanism with semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. Even novice piano players will instantly feel the difference! Aftertouch, a joystick, and the assignable X/Y touch pad controller provide you with extra dimensions of expression for your performances.

Audio and MIDI Interfaces

Novation X-Station includes a fully featured audio interface with 2 phantom-powered, high-quality converters, 2 Neutrik combined XLR and 1/4" inputs, digital S/PDIF out, plus much more. The X-Station's dedicated headphone and monitoring connections with separate controls even allow you to work without a mixer. The MIDI controller's onboard DSP effects processor provides instant, zero-latency multi-effects for monitoring or recording applications. Each of the X-Station's audio channels has its own effects chain. You can even record audio with effects on one channel and use the synthesizer on the second at the same time. On top of that, the Novation X-Station also has a MIDI interface for integrating external MIDI gear.

Hardware Synthesizer

The fully featured hardware synthesizer also runs on the unique X-Station hardware thanks to its powerful DSP processor. The X-Station's 3-oscillator virtual analog synthesizer is based on the renowned Novation KS series and is 8-voice polyphonic. The extensive control interface provides instant access to all key parameters, making this Novation MIDI keyboard controller ideal for live performances.

No cables are necessary as the synth is fully integrated: The stereo audio output is sent straight through the USB cable onto the track in your sequencer via ASIO!

DSP Effects

The Novation X-Station keyboard controller provides 2 channels of onboard multi-effects. Up to 6 effects may be used simultaneously on each channel. The palette includes chorus, delay, reverb distortion, EQ, and even a compressor. The X-Station's effects can be routed for monitoring only (for example, giving the singer some reverb while recording) or for recording (for example recording a guitar with chorus). Thanks to the X-Station's unique design, synthesizer and effects for incoming audio can even be used at the same time!

Direct Remote Control

Want a first class remote control for sequencer functions? Need a hardware surface for your VST instruments? Would you like to remotely control other hardware from one surface? The Novation X-Station MIDI controller provides the solution for controlling your Access Virus or Propellerhead Reason.

The X-Station offers a total of 55 assignable physical controls, including 3 encoders, 16 pots, 9 sliders, and 22 buttons. And that doesn't include the dedicated controls in the audio section. A template can have up to a massive 150 virtual controls in total using the shift functions!

Tired Of Wires?

The Novation X-Station only needs one for everything -- the USB cable. That's it. Even power is provided via USB or batteries (whenever desired)! So if you really want to make your recordings on the beach - take your laptop, X-Station, and enjoy the sun as inspiration. But don't say we didn't warn you about the sunburn and the sand all over your music gear!


Virtual synthesizer control panel layout - all controls assignable
Pitch bend, programmable mod wheel joystick
Portable - can be powered via batteries, USB or power supply
Program storage for 40 electronic templates factory preset for packages including Reason, Native Instruments
Controls Plug-Ins, Cubase, Logic, Sonar 2, Live 2 etc.
2 octave semi-weighted high quality aftertouch responsive Keyboard
Programmable X/Y touch pad surface
8-voice polyphonic KS sound source
200 memories programmed with awesome Novation presets
Superb liquid analog sound
Great arpeggiator
Zero latency headphone monitoring
44.1/48 kHz 24-bit simultaneous 2 channel Audio I/O
Dual low noise, high bandwidth audio pre-amps with phantom power & >70 dB headroom
Multi-FX processor per input with simultaneous Reverb/Chorus-Phaser/Delay/Compressor/Distortion and EQ
Integrated USB low-latency audio and MIDI
25 semi-weighted, aftertouch-sensitive keys
Pitch Wheel lever rubberized - spring loaded, center return left to right motion
Mod/Control lever ” rubberized, spring-loaded front to back motion or free running forward and backwards
Touchpad - pressure-sensitive
Parameters 2 assignable in X direction
2 Assignable in Y direction
LCD 2 x 16 character silver blue backlit LED
Audio Inputs - 2 Combined 1/4" / XLR jacks
Phantom Power - On/Off - 48V
Gain Control - -60dB - + 10dB Signal Range
A to D Converters - 2 x 24-bit Delta Sigma
Audio Outputs - 2 - 1/4" jacks
Digital Output - S/PDIF phono jack
MIDI Ports - 1 x MIDI in / 2 x MIDI out
USB - 1x Combined MIDI and Audio I/O
Effects - 2 x Multi-Effects Processors
Effect types: delay, reverb, chorus-phaser, compressor, distortion, EQ (bass-mid-treble)
Rotary Potentiometers 20 - Rotation 0 to 270 Degrees
Rotary Encoders - 4 - Rotation 360 Degrees Cont
Sliders - 9-30mm
Transports controls - rewind/fast forward/Stop/start/record
General Operation - Play : Template Common : Template Edit : Write buttons
Global: Snapshot: Panic
Cursor/Page control - Bank - Page / Up / Down : Program(Cursor) Up / Down : Inst Channel (Cursor) left / Right
Keyboard Control Octave up / Octave Down
Voices - 8
Modes - Program (Mono Timbral)
Memories - 200 memory locations programmed with the KS factory presets
Waveforms - square/saw/variable Pulse/tri/sine/double saw /double tri/double sine/9 complex cycle waveforms
Noise Sources - white/crack/metal 1 /metal 2
Octave Range - Shift -1 / 0 /+1 / +2
Mod Env Depth - -64 to +63
LFO1 Depth - -64 to +63
PWM Source - mod env/manual / LFO2
Ring Mod - 1/2
FM - 2/3
2/3 FM Level - 0 ” 127
2/3 FM Mod Level - 0 ” 127
FM Env Attack Rate - 250uS-20 seconds
FM Env Decay Rate - 1mS-20 seconds
Comprehensive aftertouch, breath and pitch/mod wheel control of both static pitch and modulation of pitch

Osc 1 Static level - 0 ” 127
Osc 1 Mod level/Lfo1 -64 to +63
Osc 1 Mod level /lfo2 -64 to +63
Osc 2 Static level 0 ” 127
Osc 2 Mod level/lfo2 -64 to +63
Osc 3 Static level - 0 ” 127
Osc 3 Mod level/AD Env - -64 to +63
Noise Static level - 0 ” 127
Noise Mod level/lfo1 -64 to +63
FM Static level - 0 ” 127
FM Mod level/AD Env -64 to +63

Frequency 0 ” 127
Slope 12dB/24dB
Modes - low pass, high pass, band pass
Resonance - 0-Self Oscillation (24dB mode)
Mod Env depth - -64 to +63
LFO 2 depth - -64 to +63
Keyboard Tracking - 0 ” 127
Velocity - 0 - 127
Overdrive - 0 ” 127
Q normalize - 0 - 127
Comprehensive aftertouch, breath, and pitch / mod wheel control of both static filter freq and modulation of filter freq

Velocity - -64 to +63
Attack - 250uS-20 Seconds
Decay - 1mS-20 Seconds
Sustain - 0 ” 127
Release - 1mS ” 20 Seconds
Delay (Mod Env) - 1mS-20 seconds

FO1 - LFO2
Modes - cyclic / One-shot
Waveforms sine/tri/saw/squ/sample & hold/Quantize/random 24 Intricate wavetables
Speed - 0 Hz ” 1kHz
Delay Fade In - 0 ” 5 seconds
Reverb - level/echo chamber, small room, large room, small hall, large Hall, grand hall / decay / wheel level
Chorus - phaser level/rate/type/feedback/mod depth/center/initial position, wheel level
Distortion drive/compensation/wheel level
Panning position/mod depth/speed/initial position
delay depth/time/feedback/stereo width/ratio/wheel level
Battery operation 6 standard 'C' Size 1.5 volt dry cells or rechargeable cells
External power supply standard center positive 9V D.C. 600mA power supply (not supplied)
Size ” 18-1/2"W x 11"D x 2-3/4"H
Weight ” 5-1/2 lbs.
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
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: 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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The All-in-One Mobile Recording Solution

By Jef Diamond

from OKC

I've made great use of my Remote 25AX, now known as the X-Station. On a daily basis it serves as my midi and audio links with my computer. When syncing with Ableton Live it's flawless. The transport controls, line inputs, and mixing controls are all laid out appropriately with ease to change templates to your own personal tastes. When used as a stand alone synth, you won'te be happier! All the essentials are here with plenty of hands on control of all parameters: amp and mod envelope, oscillator, filters, and a small selection of quality effects. One item that people seem to miss out on (especially when synced with a great VST effects plug-in) is Novation's x-y touchpad, comparable to the DJ friendly Kaoss Pad series from Korg. The full-size keys with aftertouch is nice, keeping the feel of more expensive synths with a certain amount of sturdiness. 2 nuetrik inputs with phantom power (handy when jumping between TRS line level and XLR condenser microphone inputs), 2 TRS outputs, 1 midi in (usually key USB key controllers only provide a midi out), and 2 midi outs (comes in handy when you don't have a midi thru box to sync with a host of VST instruments along with a rack of midi modules). My only complaints are that (1) you lose an input when selecting to play the unit as a synth, this can prove a little cumbersome when playing live and using the X-Station to control your recording software as well and (2) you don't have a programmable arpeggiator.

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X-Station Innovation

By Marcos Gaspar

from Pawtucket, RI

This baby right here, Novation X-Station, is a piece of art. When I first bought this MIDI controller, I was looking for quality and good sounds/samples. It has aproximately 200 sounds in which I could work with. No matter what, you're going to find a sound/sample your going to love. The number one reason why this MIDI controller worked for me; it had to be the fact I could manipulate the sounds right on the x-station and plug it into a computer to record easily. A recording program that works excellent with it is the Acoustica Mixcraft? 2.51. The quality is very excellent; professional sounding. Do you enjoy MIDI controllers in where you control it, have fun, and it being easy, then look no further. This one is a keeper

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Dang cool

By Shawn Lyday

from Kings Valley Oregon

This little puppy matches or beats anything Ive used. The only problem I'm having with it is to get it to control my free Cubase VST that came with my EMU Patch mix, but that could be me as I'm a late computer bloomer. Any way as far as a little synth goes it does a WHOLE lot--and you can carry it around and sit it on your lap to dink with it. Well worth the moola!

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