Novation Bass Station II : 25 Key Analog Sythesizer
The analogue monosynth reborn
Nothing out there sounds this warm, fat and dirty. Bass Station II is our pure analogue monosynth. We based it on our classic Bass Station, then enhanced every area to make it even bigger, angrier and more versatile.
It has two tuneable oscillators, a sub-oscillator for enormous bass, plus noise and ring modulation. It also gives you two distinct analogue filter types: the classic multi-mode filter and a new acid filter, for a massive variation in sonic possibilities.
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.
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.
The overdrive before the filter is amazing – I’ve been finding that just gives you a little bit of extra punch.
Paul Hartnoll, Synthesist – Orbital
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’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.
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.
Circuit Mono Station
Originating from the Bass Station II, Circuit Mono Station is a paraphonic analogue synthesiser that benefits from Circuit flow.
The polysynth to rival all
Originating from the Bass Station II, Peak is an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators, a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain. The perfect way to complement your Bass Station II
Create a huge variety of sounds
Two pure analogue, sync-able and tuneable oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator, noise and ring modulation.
Enormous bass and shrieking leads
Switch the multi-mode Classic Filter between low, hi and band pass with 12 and 24dB slopes.
Improved analogue filter stage
A 24dB Acid Filter that is even darker, wetter and smoother than the Classic.
Turn Jekyll to Hyde
Create crunchy, aggressive sounds with fully analogue distortion, filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive.
Easily load and save patches
Comes with 64 patches that cover a huge range of styles, but you can create, save, archive and swap 64 of your own too.
Get instant inspiration
Record notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time using the step sequencer and arpeggiator, then easily store them, recall them and use them with any patch you like.
Get your hands on loads of controls, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing.
Triangle, sawtooth and square LFO waveforms, as well as sample and hold, and two ADSR envelopes for filter, pitch and pulse width modulation.
Connect to hardware and software
Connect and sync to your music software and MIDI-compatible hardware.
Full sized 25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard, with a fast synth-action and aftertouch.
Store unlimited sounds
Keep as many patches as you like on your Mac or PC using the Librarian Software.
Paraphonic mode & Filter tracking
Bass Station II is now a paraphonic monosynth, because the pitches of each of the two oscillators can be controlled separately in its single-voice architecture. Two notes can be played at a time rather than just one, and users can get interesting interactions through the Ring and Filter Mod.
Filter tracking was one of the most requested features. The filter includes variable keyboard tracking in Bass Station II v2.5 – the best for matching higher notes to increased brightness.
Envelope retriggering & Oscillator error
Bass Station II’s secret sound-design weapon is envelope retriggering. It’s now possible to configure envelopes to retrigger once the decay stage has ended, opening up a whole range of new possibilities.
Oscillator error introduces a small and adjustable random detune on each note-on event. This can be used to generate some very beautiful, subtle (or not) musical dissonance, very much in the same way that vintage synths do (because of the looser tolerance of their electronic components). Paraphonic mode makes it as dramatic as possible.
Microtuning editing & New presets
The frequency triggered by each key press can be completely controlled, giving scales another dimension.
Two new Soundpacks are in Components: Silver and Sinevibes. Silver’s presets explore the v2.5 features and inspire new tracks and sound design. Sinevibes, designed by Sinevibes’ founder Artemij Pavlov, gives 101 classic Bass Station II presets.
With the Bass Station II you get Ableton Live Lite, the lightweight version of one of the most popular digital audio workstations around to get started making music. And with Loopmasters you get access to a 4GB library of royalty-free samples to inspire or use in your music. You also get access to the Novation Sound Collective which provides Novation users with new sounds to explore every few months.
You also get Melodics, a handy desktop app that’s a fun and intuitive way to learn how to play MIDI keyboards, pad controllers, and drums. Melodics provides you with challenges, structured learning, and goals to make learning less intimidating and more exciting.
Here’s what Novation say about the Bass Station II:
Bass Station II is an analogue mono synth based on the classic original BassStation but re-worked for the 21st century. 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 an analogue synth that is built for bass, but capable of so much more.
- Analogue synthesizer: brand new version of the classic BassStation
- Two distinct analogue filters: A brand new ‘Acid’ filter joins the ‘Classic’ original BassStation 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
- Analogue synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters
- Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator
- Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue 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
- 25 Velocity sensitive keys with assignable aftertouch
- Two analog filters (Acid and Classic)
- Two oscillators + additional sub oscillator
- Flexible modulation with 2 envelopes and 2 LFOs
- 64 Presets + 64 user memories
- Patch Dump function
- Pattern-based step sequencer
- Analogue effects section
- 6.3 mm Jack line output Mono
- 6.3 mm Jack line input Mono
- Stereo headphone output 6.3 mm jack
- Sustain pedal connector
- MIDI in/out
- USB port
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 45.5 x 27 x 8.3 cm
- Power supply via USB or power adapter