Novation Bass Station

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Before the famous Novation Bass Station Rack module came the small and portable Bass Station keyboard! This synthesizer uses digitally synchronized analog oscillators (DCO's) to reproduce the sounds of a monophonic dual-osc analog synthesizer with simple and intuitive controls via 17 knobs, 10 switches and 2 Moog-style pitch/mod wheels. Think EDP Wasp and ARP Odyssey.

The Bass Station can faithfully reproduce analog bass sounds similar to a TB-303, Micromoog or Pro One synthesizer. The small keyboard and monophonic architecture set this keyboard up for strict bassline, lead synth lines, and synth fx. It also transmits MIDI continuous controller data from its pitch/mod wheels, frequency cutoff, resonance, filter modulation depth, env1 attack, decay and env2 attack and decay.

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Unlike the Rack version, however, the keyboard lacks basic patch storage features. There are only 7 memory patches and 1 manual patch (what the knobs are doing right now). The memory can be stored externally using MIDI SysEx dumps. But for the low price (under $500) this makes a great and compact analog bass synth for any user with simple but tasteful bass needs. It is used by Apollo 440, RZA, and Lo Fidelity AllStars.

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53 Visitor comments
Steve E
May 21, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
i would have to agree with prophet down there however what he failed to mention was the possibility of midiing the headphones into the back and having a phase shift controller capability. the notes sound awesome, especially the high e, which i use a lot, a lot. i think the vcf is great it helps work the korg vocorder i have (rack mount of course) and i can sound just like oghr. my only complaint is it tends to stay in the band basement a lot because my place is so small. it does not meow it sounds like a jupiter except the jupiter is a little bigger. casios [beep] only bassstations get you norwegian young girls. XD
May 3, 2009 @ 12:32 am
Having a Juno 60 & a Prophecy to compare it to, I'd say steer clear of the 'Bass?' Station if you want usable bass & lead sounds. OTOH it's a great little midi controller, as long as the cheap pots don't break (and they will). After having the volume knob break from light use on my rack & the calc. control pad working only when pushed hard, I wasn't sad to see it go. The Bass station can produce some cool random blips & blops but it wants to make meow noises. About the filter. Some of the older actual analog synths can produce wide ranges of sound using the filter & envelopes, this synth OTOH has one of the weakest VCF I've ever heard (and it steps), I'd place it somewhere above the VCF on the Casio HT-700 & just slightly below the Korg Poly 800. If you've heard either of those synths you have a pretty good idea of what's in store for you.
Clock Carlos 147
March 9, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
This replaced my Juno. Nothing so small and cheap ha so much bass and squelch and zip. Payed only 290 euro for mine.
DJ Dupiex
March 1, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
This is one of my all time favourites. Great for phat and funky bubbling gurgling analogue sounds. If anyone likes the sounds of Vitalic or Mr Oizo, this is the synth for you.
February 10, 2009 @ 6:08 pm
400 dollars seems about right. I payed 350 Euro for mine. Such a cool synth. Great for classic analogue sounds. The sound has a certain analogue magic, like an MS20. Great addition to any studio. Tons of fun and very collectable.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO's with pulse and sawtooth. Can be modulated by env2 or the LFO.
  • LFO - 1 LFO (random, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms)
  • Filter - 2-pole or 4-pole switchable; 12dB resonant low-pass. Can be modulated by env2 or the LFO.
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelopes: Env1 controls VCA, Env2 controls the vcf; envelope modes: auto-glide, single, and multi
  • Keyboard - 25 velocity sensitive keys (octave up/down buttons over 8 octaves)
  • Memory - 7 user patches, 1 manual
  • Control - MIDI In/Out
  • Date Produced - 1993
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