Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth

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  • Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth

    Nothing out there sounds this warm, fat and dirty. Bass Station II is our pure analoguemonosynth. We based it on our classic Bass Station, then enhanced every area to make it even bigger, angrier and more versatile.

    It has two tuneable oscillators, a sub-oscillator for enormous bass, plus noise and ring modulation. It also gives you two distinct analogue filter types: the classic multi-mode filter and a new acid filter, for a massive variation in sonic possibilities. We decided to put a call out to a handful of our Bass Station II artists to have them create some patches for a new soundpack.

    Here’s the roster of analogue noodlers who got involved: Nite Jewel, Cian from Super Furry Animals, Jeremy from Everything Everything, Jason Miles, Victor Parris Mitchell, Adam Freedland.

    This synth can sound as mellow or aggressive as you want. Seek out sweet spots with the filter mod to make it sing. Crank the distortion and it will growl with pent up anger. Push the resonance to self oscillation to create shrieking leads. Bass Station II can sound however you feel.

    We put as many controls as possible onto Bass Station II, so you can totally lose yourself in discovering and creating new sounds. Of course, we also laid out all those controls in the clearest and most useful way, to keep sound design as straightforward and fun as possible. We loaded Bass Station II with 64 diverse patches that showcase its huge sonic variation. We also left 64 slots free, so you can easily save and load your own patches on the unit, or in the free librarian software.

    Bass Station II's pattern-based arpeggiator and step sequencer are a fun and immediate way to find new inspiration. The sequencer lets you record your own notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time, then store them, recall them and use them with any patch you like. Easily and automatically sync them to your music software or hardware setup, or even add swing to get your groove going.

    Bass Station II is fully class compliant, so you can plug into anything via USB and start playing. It also has MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports, so you can connect your other MIDI gear. You can even connect an external instrument and run it through Bass Station II's analogue filter and effects.

    This collection of unique analogue sound patches was created for us by world class synth producers from our eclectic artist and producer community. Whether you’re creating dance, funk, electronica, indie, pop or something totally experimental, these 46 Patches will add true analogue depth to your music. You will need to download and install the librarian to load the patches.

    Novation Bass Station II Analog Mono-Synth Features:

    Hardware & controller assignment

    • 25 note synth-action keyboard
    • Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate:
    • Filter frequency
    • LFO 1to Osc pitch
    • Osc 2 speed
    • Pitch wheel
    • Modulation wheel can be assigned to:
    • LFO 2 to filter frequency
    • LFO 1 to Osc pitch
    • Osc 2 pitch
    • Octave up/ down buttons
    • 64 factory presets
    • 64 slots for user patches (and patch dump facility for storing more)
    • Master volume dial

    Inputs and Outputs

    • USB MIDI (for connecting & powering Bass Station II via host computer)
    • Mono output on 1/4" TRS jack
    • Headphone output on 1/4" TRS jack
    • External input on 1/4" TRS jack
    • Sustain pedal input on 1/4" TS jack
    • MIDI IN / MIDI OUT ports on 5 pin din
    • DC power input
    • Switch between power off / DC powered / bus powered

    Synth Engine

    Oscillators

    • Osc 1
    • Osc 2
    • Sub Osc (3)
    • Noise generator

    Osc 1 & 2

    Select between waveforms:

    • sine
    • triangle
    • sawtooth
    • square/variable pulse width
    • Sync 1 & 2
    • Detune
    • Octave range
    • Pitch bend
    • Pitch modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 1
    • Pulse width modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 2

    Sub Osc (3) which is tracked to Osc 1

    Select independently between waveforms:

    • Sine
    • Square
    • Narrow pulse
    • All modulation and tuning tracked to Osc 1
    • Independent octave select

    Mixer

    • Osc 1 level
    • Osc 2 level
    • Sub Osc level
    • Noise generator level
    • Ring modulation depth
    • External signal level

    Filter

    Two filter types

    • Acid type (diode ladder filter design)
    • Classic type (derived from original Bass Station)
    • Cutoff
    • Resonance
    • Overdrive
    • Filter frequency to Mod Envelope depth
    • Filter frequency to LFO 2 depth

    Select 'Classic' filter between:

    • Low pass
    • Band pass
    • High pass
    • 12dB slope
    • 24dB slope

    Envelopes

    Two ADSR Envelopes (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)

    • Amp Envelope
    • Mod Envelope
    • Combined control of both Envelopes

    Select triggering mode between:

    • Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
    • Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)
    • Autoglide (engages portamento)
    • There is also a VCA limiter

    LFO

    Two LFOs each selectable between:

    • Triangle
    • Sawtooth
    • Square
    • Sample and hold
    • Both LFOs independently adjustable between rate and delay time
    • Key sync LFO 1 & 2
    • LFO slew on LFO 1& 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)

    Effects

    • Distortion send
    • Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)

    Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator

    Arpeggiator

    • Up to 32 different patterns
    • Select between 1-4 octave range
    • Swing function
    • Select direction:
    • up
    • down
    • up / down 1
    • up / down 2
    • As played
    • Random
    • Latch (hold the arpeggiator)

    Step Sequencer

    • Up to four sequences
    • Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own
    • insert rests or legato (slide)
    • Sequencer re-trigger function

    Portamento

    • Adjust glide time
    • Single trigger or re-trigger modes
    • Integrate into step sequencer and arpeggiator

    Power Requirements

    • USB bus powered
    • 9V DC power supply included
    • Maximum power consumption 9V DC 300mA

    Product Dimensions

    • 457mm (18”) width x 273mm (10.75”) depth x 76mm (3”) height
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