Novation Drum Station v2

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Essentially a re-packaged Drum Station, the v2 has a new look that matches the theme of the Super Bass Station. Just like the Drum Station it employs analog Sound Modeling - digitally synthesized models of the original waveforms which can be shaped, just like analog. You can adjust the tone, attack, decay, tuning, snap, and distortion of its drum tones. It includes all of the sounds found in the original 808 and 909's, the same tone controls for each drum part, and my favorite is the DIN Sync output which will allow you to sync a TB-303, 909, or 808 to it - just like the original boxes.

Novation Drum Station v2 Image

This is the perfect source for believable, tweakable 808 and 909 drums! It also features modern functions such as full MIDI implementation and control of all parameters, distortion, front-cut edits, note-off programming, programmable drum kits with 40 memory locations, and general-midi drum mapping. Plus there are multiple assignable individual outputs! It is used by Josh Wink.

Drum Station Drum Tone Specs:

Drum Tone Parameters Format
808/909 Bass Drum tune, attack, tone, decay analog
808/909 Snare Drum tune, attack, tone, snappy analog
808/909 Rim Shot tune Sample
808/909 HandClap tune Sample
808/909 Closed Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Open Hat tune, decay analog/Sample
909 Ride Cymbal tune, tone, decay Sample
808/909 Crash Cymbal tune, tone, decay analog/Sample
808/909 Low Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Mid Tom tune, decay analog
808/909 Hi Tom tune, decay analog
808 Cowbell tune Sample
808 Low Conga tune analog
808 Mid Conga tune analog
808 Hi Conga tune analog
808 Maracas tune Sample
808 Claves tune Sample

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9 Visitor comments
June 28, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
I own a TR-909, and owned a TR-808. My 808 was old and cranky, and suffered from a number of glitches due to age.
I've A/B'd the Drumstation against both the 808 and 909...
For those who say it's a poor imitation, well, they're dead wrong. IMHO, the Drumstation 808 is pretty much bang on, and clean and noise free to boot. The 909 sounds, however, don't stack up quite so well; my 909 has a lot more 'hair' and 'grit'; subjective terms I know... but close enough for most purposes. The Drumstation shines if you want to record realtime knob changes etc... but for me, the Roland drum sequencer has always been a large part of the attraction of the old TR units. What I have done is used a MIDI Solutions MIDI Event Processor Plus to remap the TR-909 'Ext Inst' mode to match the TR-808 mapping of the Drumstation, so in essence my 909 becomes a hybrid 808/909, with real 909 and Drumstation 808 all controlled by the 909 sequencer.
May 13, 2010 @ 5:21 am
When I got this, I liked it a lot, because it sounded better than expected. But it never sounded quite right, so I got rid of it. Now I've got a jomox airbase 99, and I must say, the drumstation sounds like a vst instrument run on a computer with a so-so soundcard by comparison. If you are satisfied with the sound coming out of an electribe er1, you'll love this. If however your ears are sensitive to the subtle yet infinite differences between true analog and analog emulations, then don't buy this. If you can get the drumstation for 100$ or an airbase for 600$, the airbase is still a much better deal by far.
March 8, 2009 @ 1:06 am
This is one of the better deals out there for a 808 909 clone. it sounds spot on to a 808 or 909. you are missing the great interface the boxs had but the price makes up for it. however you can always pick up a korg er1 like alot of people do and youll come real close. very raw you would be wise to get a comp. but for the money(right now about 250-300) its a steal compared to overpriced and less stable electron and jomox stuff.
October 30, 2008 @ 7:54 pm
analog kick and toms? is this correct? Digital-Analog Sound Modeling means what?
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 5 Voice
  • Oscillators - Digital Analog Sound Modeling of authentic TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds (available simultaneously)
  • real-time Controls - Level, Tune, Attack, Decay, tone, snap
  • Outputs - Main Stereo And 6 Assignable Individual
  • Effects - Distortion Effect For Each Drum Sound (for HARDCORE 909 sounds!), Front Cut Edit Feature
  • Keyboard - none
  • Memory - 20 Factory And 20 User Program
  • Control - MIDI + DIN Sync Trigger Output
  • Date Produced - 1997

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