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
November 22, 2013 @ 6:46 pm
The KStation is modeled, therefor Virtual Analog.
The OSC or oscillator is the usually starting point for a synth where the waveform is generated.
-You have VCO synths which are 100% analog or at least from the start.
-DCO is an analog synth with a digitally controlled (stabilized) oscillator.
-There are Digital Oscillators which is one more step away from a true analog oscillator, these may have an analog signal path the rest of the way to the output or not.
-Lastly there is VA, Virtual Analog which is 100% DSP from a chip, includes softsynths because they originate from a chip as well.
November 21, 2013 @ 5:18 am
Anybody know if this synth is analog with DCO (like the Bass Station) or it is a virtual analog (like SuperNova)?!?
I look around the web but I can't found an answer... thanks!!!
September 16, 2013 @ 11:56 pm
Holy [beep] ! This is a [beep] ing good synth! Im in love..
September 9, 2013 @ 9:50 am
Had one for years.
Still in use.
Fits perfectly in Novation shoulder bag.
Toured as carry on luggage.
Maps to VST perfectly, sounds can xfer between them.
Bass sounds squelch perfectly.
Can create sound designer sounds.
Downloaded latest firmware, added features, I don;t recall right now what they added.
The only thing is they didn't update the LCD screen to show sound names. It's just numbers. So, to avoid frustrating embarrassment, I keep a printed directory handy of listed banks and sounds from the manual.
And I own a Minimoog, Minitaur AND a Voyager.
June 10, 2013 @ 7:57 pm
i have this synth and i'd be leary of it - this is the 2nd one i have had, first one had GHOST EDITING problems whereby you'd create a patch, playing along, all of a sudden, LFO or OSC or some parameter would edit itself ruining everything - sold it on (disclosing problem of course) and purchased another on eBay, this one the DATA/PROGRAM knob barely works - you need to push down HARD on it and be patient to get the results you need - in all, SOUNDS fantastic, but the hardware leaves much to be desired -
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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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