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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32 Visitor comments
RN
January 31, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
looking to buy (in the usa) if anyone is selling whitegimpmaskATgmailDOTcom
Darkstar
December 2, 2012 @ 10:27 am
Its not bs either, the filter is the same design as the edp wasp, because its chris hugget who designed both products...
sounds great... bargain of a rack..
i think mkst people think its actually a virtual analog and its not..
If you have ever used the vst plugin version of it, you can clearly hear the massive difference between the two.
Great little synth...
alan
November 14, 2012 @ 9:05 am
I've used the rack on and off since they were first out and its great for adding another dimension / inspiration to a track. Have got a pretty convincing 303 ish bass sound before but part of the 303 sound is the built in sequencer with "glide" so its never going to match that. Mainly for acid leads now .. yeeeoooowwwwlll!!
PS mine originally used to crash on too much midi data and gave audio artifacts. This was a bug with early models. Novation sent me a new EPROM in 1995 which fixed it - been solid ever since. I could never sell my Nov. :D
Duncan
October 3, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
If you want an anologue synth but don't want to pay too much get this! You would have to pay a small fortune for something like this nowadays, even with the likes of the Dave Smith synths that are now about this is still very good. For a start it has lots of knobs and a switchable filter. Sort of woody sounding at 12db, dangerously wet at 24db.
I use it for electro house type leads, where it sounds great with portamento. I have had a few VAs and this is very simple and raw in comparison. I sit and program my other synths but this you just turn a few knobs and you are off.
Jay
May 24, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
These are really a headache of a synth, in a good way. Here's the deal... Almost all people who own these, end up selling them for some reason, and then, of course eventually track one down to own again. The truth, they sound nothing like any other analog. But sound more analog than alot of other stuff out there. I have owned in order; Keyboard, Rack, Keyboard, Rack, and now own the KB again!? Why? Because they are simultaneously indispensable, and overly simple. I love it, and hate it. It's not a moog, but it does sound great. Can't think of one genre it won't work in! KB is pretty rare now.
 
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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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