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
November 7, 2009 @ 4:00 am
I seem to recall that the Bass Station was perhaps the first synth in the analog revival...

I did what must be the worst deal of the century 16 years ago where I part-exchanged my Pro One (YES, PART-EXCHANGED IT!!) for the then newly released Novation Bass Station........DUHHHHHH!!!

Wasn't sorry to see it go......
October 9, 2009 @ 11:11 am
this synth was also used by RZA
September 2, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
I got to admit I was slightly disappointed with the filter the first time I played it, the resonance is a bit too screechy and not very flexible for knob-twiddling. But then I tried programming some classic basses and leads and this is what this synth really exels at, it's 303 emulation is not very accurate and I don't think it's got a very "techno"-sound to it at all, this sounds very oldschool analog, bassy, bleepy, bubbly and surprisingly warm, gonna keep this in my inventory for those classic warm drifty basses.
August 20, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
Had one of these.. got rid within a week.. found the sound rather week and the build quality not up to much
June 16, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
Hey Prophet, I have to disagree! I think this is a great little synth and I have had it for about 12 years and it's always worked a treat, no bad pots here! I have a Moog Voyager (amongst others) too but I still find really fat or weird useable sounds from this plastic gem from time to time. I think one of the best things about it is the speed that it takes, it's so simple!
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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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