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
JR
May 1, 2012 @ 11:16 am
Had it, let it go. Same opinion as many, not bad sounding, but none the less incredibly limited. Worth noting as others have mentioned; it isn't exactly analog, and the description is fairly misleading. It uses DCO's (Digitally controlled Oscillators). Not a big deal, but many synths with much lower price tags, (polyphonic ones even!) have DCO's as well. It's not bad, but it's incredibly over hyped, limited as a can be, and more a novelty than an instrument. My suggestions is buy something else, like a Korg Poly 800, XOXbox, Juno, i could go on and on here...
Richard
March 9, 2012 @ 8:05 am
An extremely portable way of blowing out speaker cones, it does plenty of justice to its name. It has its destractors, but for the prices these go for the Bass Station is an easy to use, well specified and fun little synth which to me just didn't make the grade because of the tiny knobs and annoying external adapter. But with memories, being usable as a poly controller and an all-round solid sound this is still a great little synth to have.
Jonny
February 25, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Had it several times. It is an awesomely fun synth (sounds great!), but has it's downsides. It's lacking alot of capabilities, and pretty limited all around. Sadly they go for 350+ today. Not a bad synth, but not worth what they go for. I own a Evolver desktop now, and am much happier with it. Like i said, don't get me wrong, it sounds great, but if your into synths, and looking at analog as more than a novelty, or strictly TB-303 sounds, you might want to look a little more. These were unbeaten for quite a few years, but now with everything out there they just don't stand up as well anymore.
smoinync
February 25, 2012 @ 4:13 pm
Had it, sold it thought never regretted, years laters chased after it & eventually got it again & wouldn't dare to sell it twice.
smoinync
February 25, 2012 @ 4:13 pm
Had it, sold it thought never regretted, years laters chased after it & eventually got it again & wouldn't dare to sell it twice.
 
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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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