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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Tank Circuit
February 10, 2012 @ 7:29 pm
Oh, forgot to mention. You can also add Radiohead to the list of users. Colin Greenwood uses the keyboard Bass Station on "Climbing Up the Walls." The live video for Glastonberry '97 is some awesome evidence. Cheers.
Tank Circuit
February 10, 2012 @ 6:07 pm
I've always had fun playing with this synth. It does what it promises, producing deep rich bass sounds that are great for electronic music (or funk, jazz). Also, it can create some really interesting sound effects. I'll probably never sell this unit. It produces better bass synth than any of my other equipment, and it's a very tweakable little monster. My only complaints are limited patch saves and the cheap plastic housing. 4/5
man123
February 5, 2012 @ 4:17 pm
Had it, sold it, never regreted it.
Horrible sounding synth, cheap build, weak filter.
Don't waste your time and money on this..
Don't be tempted by it being analog, there are better synths in this price range.
Smoinync
January 28, 2012 @ 3:44 am
Its my second time to own the BS, huge regret for selling the 1st one, but my luck wasn't that bad to search for used BS on the Internet. Sounds even more impressive than the previous (due to more synthesis understanding). It can emulate 303 sound with on doubt but 303 is 303 they won't be exactly the same.
lightman
January 26, 2012 @ 4:51 am
suicide sushi,

perhaps the resonance pot on your BS is faulty. As most of the features of the machine can be controlled via MIDI controllers (CC), you could try sending your BS a CC 106 (Resonance) with value 0, this should do the trick. Check out the manual (available on Novation's homepage) for more info. For softer sounds/leads, use a 12db filter setting and only one VCO (turn the VCO mix pot either completely clockwise or anti-clockwise). The BS has no arp so you will have to use an external source for that. Hope this helps.
 
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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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