Novation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, 25 Keys with Aftertouch, Built-In Mixer, 2x Envelope Generators, 2x LFOs, 5-Pin DIN & USB MIDI I/O

Model #BASS STATION II

Novation bass station ii 1
Novation bass station ii 1
Novation bass station ii 2
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Specifications

General Information

Dimensions (W x D x H) 18 x 10.75 x 3" / 457.20 x 273.05 x 76.20mm
System Requirements Mac: OS X 10.7 or later
Windows: Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit), Windows 8
Portamento Adjustable glide time
Single trigger or re-trigger modes
Arpeggiator Up to 32 different patterns
1 to 4 octave ranges
Swing function
Directions: up, down, up/down 1, up/down 2, as played, random
Latch
Sequencer Step Sequencer:
Up to 4 sequences
32 presets with insert able rests or legato (slide), sequencer re-trigger function
Effects Distortion send
Oscillator filter modulation amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter frequency)
LFO 2 LFOs, each selectable between: Triangle, sawtooth, square, sample and hold, independent rate & delay, key sync LFO 1 & 2, LFO slew on LFO 1 & 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)
Limiter VCA
Envelope 2x ADSR envelopes
Amp, mod or amp/mod combination envelopes
Triggering Mode:
Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)
Autoglide (engages portamento)
Filter 1x Acid type (diode ladder filter design)
1x Classic type (from original Bass Station)
Filter Functions:
Cutoff, resonance, overdrive, filter frequency to mod envelope depth, filter frequency to LFO 2 depth
Classic Filter: Low-pass, band-pass, high-pass, 12 or 24 dB slopes
Mixer Oscillator 1 level
Oscillator 2 level
Sub-Oscillator level
Noise generator level
Ring modulation depth
External signal level
Waveform Type Oscillators 1 & 2: sine, triangle, sawtooth, square/variable pulse width
Oscillators 2x analog oscillators
1x analog sub-oscillator (tracked to oscillator 1)
1x noise generator
Oscillator Functions:
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
I/O 1x USB MIDI (for connecting and powering the Bass Station II via host computer)
1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS mono output
1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS headphone output
1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS external input
1x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS sustain pedal input
1x 5-pin DIN MIDI input
1x 5-pin DIN MIDI output
1x DC power input
Programs 64x factory presets
64x user patches
Controller 1x pitch wheel
1x modulation wheel
1x octave up button
1x octave down button
1x master volume dial
Keyboard 25-note synth-action keyboard with assignable after touch
Expert Reviews
Audiofanzine.32871410
28 September 2013

Introduced in Frankfurt last spring, the Bass Station II marks the return of Novation to the analog world. Let's find out if the brand was able to retain its know-how.

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    The undeniable analog color, Very broad sound possibilities, Numerous controls, Velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch, A sub oscillator, Modulations within the oscillators, Resonant multi-mode filter, Pre-filter overdrive and post-filter distortion, Modulation possibilities, Arpeggiator with...

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    Several shared controls, Secondary functions, Keyboard limited to two octaves, Key follow fixed on the filter, No CV/Gate connections

Sound on sound.34678444
28 September 2013

The Bass Station 2 is a synth with personality that produces ripping, gnashy solos as readily as solid analogue bass. If you can adapt to the short keyboard, it's a delight to play and to sequence.

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    A fab-sounding, affordable analogue synth with patch memories., The sequencer is instant fun — and transmits its output via MIDI., Keyboard generates velocity and aftertouch., MIDI data is sent from every control.

  • -

    Keyboard length is restrictive., No 'pot pickup'., Multi-functionality; not WYSIWYG.

User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
24 August 2017
8.0/10

I'm not super familiar with Novation products, and this is the first bass synth I've owned. But... Out of the box, the mod wheels were not that great. Key action is Aftertouch at its worst. The model however looks awesome! Overall good purchase, just wish I had after market mod wheel components.

Sweetwater.34753460
17 June 2017
10/10

Great sounds and flexibility, Saves patches! Not just for bass. Also, special shout out to Jimmy for always taking care of me. You rock!

Sweetwater.34753460
17 February 2017
10/10

I own a brandnew Bass Station 2 for over a month and i can say in the analog field it does everything i was looking for. 'Analog workstation' would be a better name for Bass Station 2 because it excels in leads, bass, Fx and analog drumsounds in a range of more than 12 octaves !

Sweetwater.34753460
17 February 2017
9.0/10

I own a brandnew Bass Station 2 for over a month and i can say in the analog field it does everything i was looking for. 'Analog workstation' would be a better name for Bass Station 2 because it excels in leads, bass, Fx and analog drumsounds in a range of more than 12 octaves !

Sweetwater.34753460
13 February 2017
10/10

Ordered this synth after several weeks of research. This synth is hands down the best bang for the buck you can get in a synth at this price range. It's sound is incredibly punchy, clear and bright.

Sweetwater.34753460
10 February 2017
10/10

I always wanted a keyboard synthesizer. One day, I decided to seriously invest into a synthesizer. for about half the price of a new smartphone, I purchased this bad boy. I cannot say enough about it! absolutely brutal distortion, overdrive, frequency mod, and filter sweeps.

Sweetwater.34753460
24 January 2017
8.0/10

The sounds you can get out of this synth are amazing. It has everything you would want from a monophonic synthesizer. It can go from classic analog to just a screaming mess, in a good way. I originally wanted to get the Korg Monologue, which as soon as it came out I preordered.

Sweetwater.34753460
28 September 2016
9.0/10

Super fat dope bass sounds ! Tweak away , awesome analog sound. only thing keeping it from 5 stars is body could be slightly more heavy duty. get gig bag at least. overall amazing for the price a must have.. Alex V

Sweetwater.34753460
18 June 2016
10/10

I love this thing, just received it and can't stop messing with all the knobs. I also own the Waldorf Blofeld, Roland Juno GI, Novation Moroder Mini Nova, and Korg electribe. Had the Micro Brute but found it boring and limited.

Sweetwater.34753460
4 May 2016
10/10

The BS2 is a really nice synthesizer regardless of price. You've got two oscillators + sub with all the standard analog waveforms along with sinewave -- which often is left out on many analog synthesizers. This is especially nice since you can FM the filter with OSC 2.

Product Highlights
  • Size 25-Key
  • Workstation Keyboard
0.0/10
Average Expert Score
9.4/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • vation Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer
  • DC Power Supply Unit
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite Installation DVD
  • Novation 1 Year Limited Warranty Ba
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