Novation Bass Station II

Bass Station II

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Bass Station II is a reimagining of Novation's classic analogue monosynth for a new generation of electronic musicians

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Equally at home on stage and in the studio, Bass Station II is a classic analogue synthesiser that can sound as warm and mellow or aggressive and hard as you want it to. Modulate the filter to make it sing, crank the distortion to toughen up that bass, and push the resonance to self-oscillation to get those lead lines screaming.

Featuring two tuneable oscillators, plus a sub-oscillator for enhancing the all-important low end, as well as noise and ring modulation, Bass Station II more than delivers when it comes to generating raw tones. It's also got two distinct analogue filter types – the Classic multi-mode filter of the original Bass Station and the 24dB/octave Acid filter, with its darker, smoother sound – plus plenty of modulation in the shape of two LFOs and a pair of ADSR envelopes.

  • Create a huge variety of sounds – two tuneable, syncable analogue oscillators with a selection of four waveforms, plus sub-oscillator, noise and ring modulation
  • Classic analogue filter – switch between low-, high – and band-pass modes with 12 and 24dB/octave slopes – with an aggressive overdrive
  • Get instant inspiration – record notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time using the step sequencer and arpeggiator, then store them for use with any patch.
  • Flexible modulation – triangle, sawtooth and square LFO waveforms, as well as sample and hold and two ADSR envelopes
Bass Station II being played

Much more than bass

This synth can sound as mellow or aggressive as you want. Seek out sweet spots with the filter mod to make it sing. Crank the distortion and it will growl with pent up anger. Push the resonance to self oscillation to create shrieking leads. Bass Station II can sound however you feel.
Bass Station II controls

Easy controls for complex design

We put as many controls as possible onto Bass Station II, so you can totally lose yourself in discovering and creating new sounds. Of course, we also laid out all those controls in the clearest and most useful way, to keep sound design as straightforward and fun as possible.
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Bass Station II patches

Save and load patches

We loaded Bass Station II with 64 diverse patches that showcase its huge sonic variation. We also left 64 slots free, so you can easily save and load your own patches on the unit, or in the free librarian software.
Bass Station II being played

Instant inspiration

Bass Station II's pattern-based arpeggiator and step sequencer are a fun and immediate way to find new inspiration. The sequencer lets you record your own notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time, then store them, recall them and use them with any patch you like. Easily and automatically sync them to your music software or hardware setup, or even add swing to get your groove going.
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"We use the Bass Station II for its sounds, which are endless! Big shout out to Novation for re-releasing this bassline classic. It's an incredible piece of new-school gear"

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Bass Station II inputs and outputs

Connect to just about anything

Bass Station II is fully class compliant, so you can plug into anything via USB and start playing. It also has MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports, so you can connect your other MIDI gear. You can even connect an external instrument and run it through Bass Station II's analogue filter and effects.
Artist soundpack

Artist soundpack

We decided to put a call out to a handful of our Bass Station II artists to have them create some patches for a new soundpack. Here’s the roster of analogue noodlers who got involved: Nite Jewel, Cian from Super Furry Animals, Jeremy from Everything Everything, Jason Miles, Victor Parris Mitchell, Adam Freedland.
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Producer series soundpack

Producer series vol.1 soundpack

This collection of unique analogue sound patches was created for us by world class synth producers from our eclectic artist and producer community.

Whether you’re creating dance, funk, electronica, indie, pop or something totally experimental, these 46 Patches will add true analogue depth to your music. You will need to download and install the librarian to load the patches.

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“The Bass Station II is a worthy successor to the legendary original model.”
“The Bass Station II is the rebirth of a legend that has been worth the 20-year wait.”
“Unique filter section, great presets, fantastic sub oscillator, tons of modulation options, great price.”

Artist Pack - Jeremy Pritchard

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AFX Station

AFX mode

AFX Mode is the realisation of electronic music legend Richard James, aka Aphex Twin. Put simply, it lets you modify your Bass Station II patch on a key-by-key basis. 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. It’s a truly inspiring feature that really does open up a whole new world of sound design and performance possibilities.

AFX Mode is part of the v4.14 firmware update, available as a free download via Components.

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    25 note synth-action keyboard

    Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate filter frequency, LFO 1 to 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 2 socket for 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
  • Width457mm
  • Depth273mm
  • Height76mm
Software compatibility
    Mac OS 10.12 Sierra

    Mac OSX 10.11

    Mac OSX 10.10

    Mac OSX 10.9

    Windows 10

    Windows 8
Power requirements
    USB bus powered

    9V DC power supply included

    Maximum power consumption 9V DC 300mA
Bass Station II

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