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.

Novation Bass Station Image

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
August 22, 2010 @ 5:57 am
This is "only" a VA, right ? Then why the quote that it can "faithfully reproduce analog bass sounds like a Minimoog or Prophet" ?
That's just plain BS. I heard a lot of demo's and to me it just sounded like a Casio toy. I couldn't "feel" any low-end like I do with some other VA's out there.
April 7, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
I ended up selling mine after all, it behaved a little spooky for me, like it made its own "ghost routings" or something, furthermore, the horrible plastic casing was starting to fall apart and bend from age.. This synth can make a lot of cool sounds though, but it seemed mine had a life of its own, for classic analogue synth basses and leads it will perform the part, great for making weird outer space noises as well. If you are considering buying one I would strongly suggest you try finding a Rack version instead, you lose the keyboard but in return you get a nifty MIDI/CV converter built-in as well as an Audio In-port for using the BassStation as a filterbank.
March 24, 2010 @ 7:28 pm
The bass station rips, bought mine off a guy who thought it was broken for 30 bucks, mint just needed a reset. nobody ever said this was juno 60 or SC synth... if you guys cant get a good sound out of this your a noob! no matter how many overpriced, overfetishizied synths you have! give it up gear snobs your killing it for the rest of us!!!!
kelly g
January 7, 2010 @ 9:01 pm
YES YES YESi love goodwill i just found one for 3 bucks in the kids toys .............awman what a find the same place i found my mc 303 not kidding i live iN MARIETTA GA i ? folks dont know what it is our dont care...hmmmmm going to clean the bassstation up it has stickers all over it but other than that she plays fine .thank you GOODWILL
Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
November 18, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
BassStation was also used by Tim Skold
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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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