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.

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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
August 15, 2013 @ 6:50 pm
Just got mine today. Paid over $400 but easily worth $700. This thing is one of the best drum machines ever made. It's so simple to use and get great analog sounds.
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October 25, 2012 @ 2:10 am
Its all about the processing.. this unit can sound almost identical to the 808 and 909 with the correct outboard, bearing in mind no two 909's or 808's sound the same after 30 years anyway, everyone of them is as individual as a fingerprint.
Anyway im using focusrite red 3 compressor and neve eq, so its pretty easy to make this shine. Laurent garnier uses one of these instead of the TR909 (which he used to have on his early records) so if its good enough for him.. go figure..
October 3, 2012 @ 6:11 am
The secret to making the Drumstation sound good is by paying close attention to the 'Front Cut' parameter and mild use of the distortion. Front Cut enables you to set the start point of the drum sound (almost like a sample). With a little experimentation, you can find lot's of 'sweet spots' where you can create snappy, clicking, glitch type kicks. A *little* distortion (setting of 2 or 3) can add a LOT of punch to your kicks and snares.

I layer mine under sampled drum sounds from my Korg ESX-1 and it really does a job in filling out the mix. Very useful unit indeed.
July 4, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
I cannot understand the comments here re: the ER-1. The ER-1 and Drum Station don't sound remotely the same, It's much closer to 909/808 than it is to an er-1..
March 23, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
I did what Chris below suggested-- got a Drumstation V2 remapped to my TR-909--- wow! To up the ante, I also added a Roland R-8m with 3 cards-- all driven by the 909's sequencer. I have the outs from the machines going into a Mackie LM3204-- 32 mono inputs! OMG! The grooves! Thanks Chris-- U R a Genie Yes!
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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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