Bass Station II is an analogue mono synth with a talent for bass, but a sound-engine that may be versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios. It brings the most efficient elements of the original BassStation into a brand spanking new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the BassStation, but much, much bigger.
The signal path is pure analogue – including the effects section. The hardware has been specified by modules with dedicated pots, switches, sliders and buttons for all major parameters. Critically, you’ll be able to store and recall patches on Bass Station II. It comes with 64 killer factory presets, space for 64 of your own sounds on the hardware, and you’ll be able to store more on your computer.
The key-mechanism consists of 25 full-sized keys that are velocity sensitive with assignable aftertouch. It has been developed as a ‘synth-action’ keyboard, where every key is for my part sprung so it is light to the touch and highly responsive to the synth engine. Bass Station II is an absolutely class compliant MIDI device with MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports – for connecting to other MIDI outboard – and your computer over USB.
The Bass Station II Synth Engine: A Brief Overview
Bass Station II is built on three analogue oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator (which is the critical component in creating rich, analogue bass sounds). Oscillators One and Two are switchable between sine, sawtooth, square and variable pulse width, and Oscillator Three – the sub osc – will also be set to one or two octaves below Oscillator One. It may be square, sine or narrow pulse width, delivering the characteristically ‘fat’ bass tone
This analogue synth is a brand spanking new version of the classic Novation Bass Station with a brand spanking new “acid” filter joining the “classic” original Bass Station filter
Ships with 64 factory patches and a further 64 user slots
Pattern-based step sequencer and arpeggiator and two oscillators plus an additional sub oscillator
analogue synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters
Includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add an aggressive, crunchy sound-quality