Novation K-Station

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The K-Station is a whole new take on the original Bass Station Keyboard that put British synth makers Novation on the analog synth map! Essentially, the K-Station is an extremely well laid-out and superbly designed 2-octave keyboard version of their new A-Station rack module. It features 8 voices of analog modeled sounds with FM, 12-band vocoder, arpeggiator, reverb and delay effects, 400 user rewritable program memories, and more. Unlike the crowded interface and puny LCD display screen found on the A-Station, the K-Station has a beautiful layout with easy access to its knobs, sliders and buttons. And finally there's a large LCD display!

It has 25 knobs for real-time control, and all knobs transmit MIDI controller messages. The K-Station has three 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 lowpass resonant filter with switchable 12 or 24dB/oct slopes and ADSR controls. A second ADSR envelope is available for the oscillators, as well as two LFOs with sample-and-hold and MIDI sync.

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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. The K-Station's 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. There's even a built-in Arpeggiator whose speed synchronization and sweep range can be stored with the program for instant recall. The K-Station is really an expressive, compact keyboard that's a hand-on joy to use and is just full of clean analog sounding synth bass, punchy leads, pads, filter sweeps and more! The K-Station is a great piece of kit for professionals and beginners alike! Be sure to also check out the expanded larger keyboard versions: KS4, KS5 and KS Rack.

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41 Visitor comments
September 18, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
A little tip on how to get more "analog-sounding" patches. Install OS2 from the Novation website. They've updated the character of the filter overdrive effect. It is a pre-filter soft clipper that can be used to smooth out large fluctuations in amplitude caused by detuned oscillators. It gives a fatter, more consistent sustain, as well as changing the harmonics a bit. Settings of 30-40 are subtle and effective. There is hidden power lurking in the menus of this synth...
August 17, 2009 @ 12:41 pm
an amazing mini synth, that still remains one of the easiest to program, coolest looking, great sounding VA's to catch my eye next to the virus indigo. oh and more amazing is that this thing was relatively inexpensive. the only thing better in this line was the ks4 and 5 series. however, it breaks my heart that despite the glowing reviews, novation stopped producing hardware synths that are built as solid and look as great as the k series did. truly an all time favorite.
September 26, 2008 @ 11:40 am
one more octave of keys on this beast and I would have given it 5 stars. probably one of the easiest synths I have worked with through the years, with great sonic capabilities as well. definitely the best bang/buck ratio I have come across, as I picked it up ridiculously cheap (just over 160 EUR).
September 20, 2008 @ 3:14 pm
Nothing but praise for this synth. Programming patches is pure joy with a knob or slider for every parameter. It is also 100% compatable with V-Station so you can get pure hard/soft integration. Great for bread and butter subtractive stuff for electro/house/trance, and a nifty little midi controller to boot. Just pure fun really. It compares more closely to a Nord Lead than a Microkorg.
Geoff Hayes
August 29, 2008 @ 7:03 pm
Most the patches are very good but the best thing for me is how easy it is to create your own,far easier too program,better sounding (to me!) and generally a better bet than the Microkorg
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demos of various K-Station patches, from the Future Music CD, issue 121.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual from

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 osc with Square / Saw / Variable Pulse / Tri / Sine / Double Saw / Double Tri / Double Sine waveforms. Osc 1-2 sync, FM, external audio in (mono)
  • LFO - 2 LFOs: triangle, saw, square, sample-and-hold; with panning, speed and delay parameters
  • Filter - 12dB / 24dB switchable resonant low-pass filter with programmable output EQ
  • Envelopes - 2 ADSR envelope generators plus FM attack/decay
  • Keyboard - 2 Octave (25 keys) touch sensitive Keyboard with Pitch & Mod Wheels
  • Effects - Reverb, Distortion plus tempo-locked Chorus, Phaser, Delay, Panner & Enveloped Filter with EQ, 12-band Vocoder
  • Arpeggiator - up, down, up/down, up to 4 octaves, latchable
  • Memory - 400 in 4 banks, (200 factory sounds)
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
  • Date Produced - 2002

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