Novation Bass Station Rack

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The Bass Station is an incredible little synth that was an instant success when released. It is a monophonic analog bass synthesizer and was basically one of the first new analog synths to hit the music market since the 1980's. It is great at recreating classic TB-303 lines and fat Moog tones. Every control from typical analog synths can be found on this: ADSR, filter, oscillator sync modes, tuning, and LFO! And most of these can be MIDI controlled.

The Bass Station has dual-DCO's which are true analog oscillators, digitally synchronized, to generate analog but stable sawtooth and pulse waveforms (the same waveforms offered by the TB-303). They can each be tuned, mixed and synced together. The analog filter is a switchable 12 or 24dB/oct with cutoff, resonance, envelope amount, and assignable ADSR. The LFO has variable speed and delay with random, triangle or sawtooth shapes. The LFO can modulate the filter and/or PWM.

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A very useful feature includes the built in MIDI/CV converter which allows you to control the Bass Station from an older analog synth, or you can control analog synths with MIDI through the Bass Station! All knob settings are MIDI transmit/receivable and there are 60 user patches for program storage. Another important feature is the analog input for filtering external sound sources! The Bass Station Keyboard was the original version but is a bit more limited than this classic. It is used by William Ørbit, Biosphere, Massive Attack, Orbital, Apollo 440, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Jimi Tenor, Laurent Garnier, ATB, Sneaker Pimps, Out of Logic and Underworld.

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34 Visitor comments
Defective Nation
July 8, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
Considering bang for buck I would pay the extra for the Super version every time. We have 4 of them which can be rigged (using a midipal) as a 4 note poly synth.

The CV/Gate alone would cost around £120 so you are getting the synth for next to nothing.
June 27, 2014 @ 2:53 pm
Borrowed a KB version back in the 90s really good bit of gear for the small cost.
Absolutely nailed the TB303 sound and I was able to replicate the bass sound I used to use from my Sh101
Reluctantly gave it back and then forgot about it, Until now!
Just picked up a rack version off ebay with a faulty volume pot for a steal. Will give it a try later and a good going over after I replace the pot. Looking forward to getting this into my setup.
Analog synth for this money you'd be nuts to pass it up
March 3, 2014 @ 9:11 pm
Novation really got this one right. The Super Bass Station is nothing short of spectacular. Great tones and features packed into such a small unit. Works great next to my other analog synths.. Moog, Roland etc. if you can find one, buy it! Chances are you wont be disappointed.
nicholas faith
January 8, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Def an interesting series of machines, one of my good friends who has since passed on used two of the bs racks. they called it jokingly the treble station, you have to understand stacked against their xpander, se atc1, oscar,oberheim obmx and plethora of other gear it wasnt the best unit for bass. I would recommend them though, as long as you don't pay too much plus, you get a decent midi to cv gate interface. And you more interestingly than a tb emulator you get a little bit of the wasp sound.
November 27, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
I have two BS Rack, it is awesome today, i can control everything on it
if you need use this tool "dnote bass station editor". search it and it is the first link.
And one important note!
You can create poly sound if you have more unit!!!! swith to poly mode in all unit and set same midi track, the rest done by BS Rack...
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    Novation Bass Station
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    Manual - Read or download the complete and original owner's manual for the Bass Station Rack (in PDF format).

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO's, each with Pulse and Sawtooth waveforms. Can be modulated by ENV2, LFO. PWM source modulated by ENV2, manually, or by an internal LFO.
  • LFO - LFO with random, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms
  • Filter - 12dB / 24dB switchable resonant low-pass filter can be modulated by ENV2 and LFO (ENV1 is for the VCA, ENV2 is for the filter), cutoff, resonance, env mod.
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelopes with velocity depth and auto-glide, single- or multi-triggering
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 40 presets, 60 user program
  • Control - MIDI and CV/GATE in/out
  • Date Produced - 1995
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