Blue Monster 65 wrote:Anybody else besides me and Rob Lee get one of these yet?
I have one, too, which I received a couple of weeks ago.
Comparisons to the Minibrute are understandable, given that they're both analog, both have a two-octave keyboard, and both have a street price of $499. But that's probably where the comparison ends, in a lot of ways. IMO, the BS 2 is miles ahead of the MB in terms of features. I like the BS 2's keyboard a lot (it feels better than the MB). It's way better than the original Bass Station, which is super, super cheap feeling. Sonically, it's different than the MB, that's for sure. And it could be the VCO/DCO distinction as some have suggested; I'm not sure.
But if I had to choose one over the other, I'd choose the BS 2 because of the additional features. The arpeggiator is superior to that of the MB, you can store tons of patches (you can't store any on the MB), it has a sequencer (which the MB doesn't have at all). Oh, and it has two oscillators plus a sub, unlike the MB, which features a single oscillator and a sub.
In the MB's column, however, it does have CV/Gate in and out, which makes it possible to use it with older analog gear. That's one feature that the BS 2 had to sacrifice to come to market as a sub-$500 synth. The MB is also heavier and feels much more solidly built, with its metal body and rubberized side panels. The BS 2 feels light and a bit too plastic-y like the original Bass Station.
Still, if I could only own one or the other, I'd choose the BS 2. It's just a more versatile machine all around. To me, if you feel the need to compare the MB to something, then compare it to the Roland SH-101, not the BS 2. It's got a similar feature set and that "old school" feel to it. Either way, the BS 2 is a somewhat tamer, and definitely more refined, beast than the MB. But it's still a beast!