Novation KS4 / KS5 / KS Rack

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Novation KS4

Using an enhanced version of the K-Station sound engine, the KS4 (four octave keyboard) and the KS5 (five octaves) offer many additional features and benefits.

The keyboards have aftertouch, are semi-weighted, and each of the 33 knobs and sliders transmit MIDI. There is four part multi-timbral operation with four individual assignable outputs. A big plus is a separate effects section for each part - a unique Novation feature from the Supernova. Also featured are 4 Arpeggiators and 16 note polyphony with a 16 band Vocoder.

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Novation KS5

The KS-synths have 3 oscillators which provide sawtooth, triangle, sine, pulse width modulation and other waveforms. There's even a simple FM synth engine which can be dialed in for sharpening the sound. Oscillators may be set to Unison or Sync'd operation and a Noise source is also included in the waveform engine. There is a nice low-/band-/high-pass resonant filter with switchable 12 or 24dB/oct slopes and ADSR controls. A second ADSR envelope is available for the amp, as well as two LFOs with sample-and-hold and MIDI sync.

On-board effects include reverb and delay/chorus/flanger. Their send levels can be controlled by the Mod wheel which is a nice effect. A 12-band vocoder is also on-board for processing external mono sounds such as drum loops or vocals. Pads sound great when vocoded with external sounds. External sounds can also be used as an oscillator, run through the filters, envelopes, etc. with much better results than were possible on the original Bass Stations.

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Novation KS Rack

The K-Station was a great little keyboard, and the new KS4 and KS5 offer a much more professional package to stage and studio musicians! But for those who already have enough keys, a rack module was also released, the KS Rack. It came in a very professional 5-space rack / desktop module with all 33 knobs, sliders and controls as the keyboards. Full of clean analog sounding synth bass, punchy leads, pads, filter sweeps and more, the KS-synths have been used by Infected Mushroom.

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51 Visitor comments
yes man
October 11, 2011 @ 6:08 am
it is an amazing VA but i still think the JP8080 is a better synth (i have both, which i love dearly) JP is just a little more expensive usually.
September 29, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
@gridsleep "I have a Nova. Is the KS distinct enough to bring a unique voice to the studio?"

YES!! I have a Supernova 2 as well as the KS.... and all the extra available OSC waveforms on the KS Rack (32 in total) make it well worth owning. In combination with my Supernova 2 it's a fabulous set-up that blows the current Ultra-Nova out of the water.
September 15, 2011 @ 3:28 am
@Bug16: Thanks for the tip. Maybe the X-Station loses something when they take away the multitimbre. I have my eye on a KS rack when budget permits. Anyone have any info on KS v. Nova? If you look at the branches, there's BassStation->SuperNova->Nova on one hand, then BassStation->A-Station->K-Station->KS->X-Station on the other. I have a Nova. Is the KS distinct enough to bring a unique voice to the studio?
August 27, 2011 @ 6:03 pm
Is It beter than MS2000's, JP8080's, Virus C's, Nord Leads, Ultranova's, Roland SH201, and a host of other virtual analog gear.... YES IT IS! is it cheaper than all of the above YES IT IS!! What a pure bargain.. I paid £285 for mine and although it's more than they go for sometimes, it was still a huge bargain!! it can do so much for so little money. I want another one! Lots of knobs to twiddle lots of waveforms tons of modulation routing, great sounding effects. Just listen to some of the demo stuff on youtube!! My Advice... GET ONE NOW!!! Don't wait.. this will become a classic.
August 20, 2011 @ 12:18 pm
I've picked up a KS Rack for 250 € and I'm very very happy with it! It's perfect for trance, psy-trance, goa, dance, handsup and many other geners!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear the K-Station here. Hear its on-board arpeggiator, followed by an FM ringing bell-type sound, followed by some vocoder examples and some Juno pads.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices, 4-Part multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 3 osc with Square / Saw / Variable Pulse / Tri / Sine / Double Saw / Double Tri / Double Sine waveforms. Osc 1-2 sync, FM, Ring Mod, Noise and external audio in (mono).
  • LFO - 2 LFOs: sine, triangle, saw, square, sample-and-hold, panning, with speed and delay parameters. Cyclic or 1-shot.
  • Filter - low/high/band, 12/24 dB switchable
  • Envelopes - ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 49-note (KS4) and 61-note (KS5), both with velocity, sensitivity and aftertouch.
  • Effects - 6 simultaneous FX per program: Reverb, Distortion plus tempo-locked Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Panner & Enveloped Filter with EQ, 12-band Vocoder
  • Arpeggiator - 4 independent in multi mode; up, down, random, chord modes; 32 preset patterns; range and latch mode saved per program.
  • Memory - 200 preset programs, 50 preset performances, 100 drum sounds; 200 user programs, 100 user drum programs, 50 user performances.
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
  • Date Produced - 2003
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Novation

    Reviewed December 2007.

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