The Bass Station 2 is Novation's latest hardware synth to follow in the footsteps of the popular Ultranova and Mininova. Based on the classic, original Bass Station synth, this version hosts a bundle of new controls and features to bring it into the 21st Century in style. It has two filters, two oscillators plus a third sub-oscillator, patch save and a fully analogue 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 so much more.
The signal path is pure analogue - 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-mech 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 Firmware V4.14 Update
Continuing their commitment to the already incredible Bass Station II, Novation have released the Bass Station Firmware v4.14 update.
This firmware update adds some fantastic new functionality to the Novation Bass Station II, giving this little analogue mono synth even more potential.
Among many other great features this firmware update brings to the Bass Station is AFX Mode developed with help from Richard James (aka Aphex Twin).
With his imagination taking the lead, Richard wanted to be able to have a discrete set of synthesis parameters assigned to each note of the Bass Station II.
As a result, AFX Mode was born, allowing you to modify your Bass Station II patch on a key-by-key basis.
This means you can divide the keyboard into multiple zones, or assign different sets to each key, with each producing its own sound.
In addition to this, you also get fixed duration envelopes, extended sub-oscillator control, oscillator glide diverge and envelope retrigger count.
All you have to do is download this free update via the Components content manager for Mac and PC and seriously expand the functionality of the Bass Station II.
Fully Class Compliant MIDI Device
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 with your computer over USB. You can even connect an external instrument and run it through Bass Station II's analogue filter and effects.
The Novation Bass Station II comes with some great software too so you have more than enough to get up and running.
Thanks to all this great software, you'll be making great music straight out of the box:
- Access to the Sound Collective
- Ableton Live Lite
- 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Free Melodics lessons
Fantastic Novation Warranty
No matter where you are in the world, Novation offer a fantastic two-year warranty if your hardware needs repair or replacement due to a manufacturing fault.
In fact, Novation will cover the shipping cost both ways in the UK and even send replacement hardware before you return your hardware to them.
- 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
|Effects||distortion send, oscillator filter mod|
|Power Supply||ac power adapter, usb bus power (optional)|
|Number of Keys||25 keys|
April 26, 2016Read Article
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