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Novation Bass Station II

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Analog Mono Synthesizer

  • 25 Velocity sensitive keys with assignable aftertouch
  • Two analog filters (Acid and Classic)
  • Two oscillators + additional sub oscillator
  • Flexible modulation with 2 envelopes and 2 LFOs
  • 64 Presets + 64 user memories
  • Patch Dump function
  • Pattern-based step sequencer
  • Arpeggiator
  • Analogue effects section
  • 6.3 mm Jack line output Mono
  • 6.3 mm Jack line input Mono
  • Stereo headphone output 6.3 mm jack
  • Sustain pedal connector
  • MIDI in/out
  • USB port
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 45.5 x 27 x 8.3 cm
  • Power supply via USB or power adapter
  • Suitable case: Article Nr. 492948
Number Of Keys 25
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 1
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Storage Medium USB to Host
USB-port Yes
Effects Distortion
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display Yes
available since August 2013
Item number 312714
Pedal Connections 1x Sustain
£379
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219 Customer Reviews

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Best choice starter synth
Ashling 28.05.2020
The BSII was my first hardware synth but I have some synthesis experience programming patches on VSTs for a few years now.

Now that I’ve made the switch to hardware, I’ll never look back. Don’t let the name fool you, this synth is not just for basses. I primarily use it for leads and the arp function is great.

As a starter synth, the layout is amazing, very easy to follow the signal flow on the synth. It also has a great function that shows how far you are away from a selected patch’s original setting when you twist a knob, a great learning tool.

The sound and capabilities for the price are outstanding.

Pros:
- powerful synth at a very reasonable price
- easy to use and great for learning synthesis
- a different beast when connected to external effect units (delay, reverb)
- lovely filter choices
- major firmware update released by Novation 5 years after initial release with a ton of new features, including duo mode, which turns this mono synth into a paraphonic weapon.

Cons
- for the price, none!
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This is probably the best Mono/bass synth I've used so far.
Tunnel One 10.10.2019
I have had many mono synths, and I had about 6 of them already when I got the bass station 2, but this one still blew me away beyond expectations.

The sound of the BS2 is great, and features like drive and distortion allow for those dirty gnarly bass roars, while the clean sound can give you very lush, milky bass.

The set up of the synths is not groundbreaking with its 2 oscillators, Filter and ADSR, but it uses its tool very well.

The synht is built out of solid plastic, but this does not feel like low quality or fragile build. The knobs feel good, and the larger cut off is a very nice touch, allowing for better and finer manipulation during live play.

The keyboard is really nice, and allow for velocity play. I even start using it to control other synths via my DAW.

The added features of afx mode and an array of under the hood possilibites makes this a very powerful instrument, and in my opinion the best for its value currently available.
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100% worth purchasing, especially if this is your first analogue synth.
Anonymous 19.02.2016
My usage:
For home recording, also have Korg Electribe Sampler and Volca Sample, Volca Keys, Mixing board.

Summary:
Very good analogue synth. Great sounds, tweaking options and patches. Great synth for learning about how analogue synths work and sound patch creation. Arpeggiator is fun. Latch is useful for sound creation (latch simply makes the key continue to play even when you remove your finger from the key). Midi works well, but I must point out better as a slave device than as a master. It goes out of sync if I set it as master with Volca devices (which only can act as a slave device if not Korg branding), but is flawless as slave for any other midi out device.

Hardware:
Knobs and keys are all of good quality and become familiar like "old friends" after a period of usage. This, to me, symbolizes a quality instrument created for human interaction and experimentation.

Synth can be a little intimidating at first if you have never had an analogue synth, but you will learn analogue from using it and grow to love it. Price is great for what you get!

Recommendation:
Send audio thru sound effects like rooms or halls to really make it fun to tweak and come to life. You can use the provided effects in Ableton Live Lite or a mixing desk with built in effects.
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bertel3 23.07.2014
Bass Station II is a very fast-to-use synth. Sonically it is quite versatile, although you can't get too far away with it, as modulation cabilities are quite limited. But where it shines, is quickly creating a bassline or a sketch of a sound (perhaps for further processing). Also tweaking a sound is a very satisfying process, as there is no menu's - everything's there right in front of you.

The built-in arpeggiator with its rhythm variations is very useful, and there is even a very simple step sequencer (no chords). This said you can also you use the Bass Station as a midi controller. (You should know, that BSII does not send midi clock, nor does it pass it through through its midi out - there is no midi thru.)

The basic character of the sound is a bit coldish, imo. (Not that everything should be warm.)
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