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
October 28, 2010 @ 4:03 am
Just got my hands on a faulty Bass Station Keyboard for about $50. The keyboard was apparently broken, but it turned out that the keyboard wasn't even connected to the circuit board!! After connecting the keyboard I just had to assign the MIDI TX and MIDI RX to the same channel (otherwise it doesn't produce any sound) and I was off! Very fat sound, and the filter really screams! Now, I might want to swap this for a Bass Station rack to get the MIDI to C/V interface, but basically this is a fantastic synth! ...and NO it's NOT virtual analog...
September 16, 2010 @ 4:38 am
I've currently got an X-station but am struggling to get the bass sounds I want, anyone reckon this would be worth purchasing if I can get it cheap? Or if I just keep fiddling should I be able to get some similar sounding bass out of my X-station? Any help much appreciated!
Techno Junkie
September 14, 2010 @ 4:01 am
I've got a Bass Station for sale atm. Only selling cuz I need cash quick for rent so im not shipping it, must be picked up in Orange County, California where you can also test it out for yourself. If your interested email me for further details.
September 5, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
Some Groups that also used the Bass Station keyboard :
Astral Projection,MFG,The Prodigy
September 5, 2010 @ 3:02 pm
Bass Station it's not a VA... It is an analogue synth with vcf vca and DCOs...! It's like the Roland Juno or JX-8P or Dave Smith Prophet 08 !
It's sound is analogue but to listen that you have to take it to your hands and play with it...! don't listen the demos on internet.
I have many other analogue synths with VCOs or DCOs...and i also have a modular with 5 different filters...but no one sounds like Bass Station filter!!! It's filter is unique and it sounds completely different in its 2 different slopes(12db & 24db ) When you put it in 24 db and turn on the resonance you can listen it screaming much more than a TB303...!
it's so great... i love it!!!
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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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