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Novation Bass Station II

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    Description
    The Novation Bass Station II is an analog mono-synth with a talent for bass, but a sound-engine that is versatile enough to kick out sharp leads and crisp arpeggios. It brings the best elements of the original Bass Station into a brand new design with re-worked modulation, effects, filters and more; like the Bass Station, but much much bigger.

    The signal path is pure analog - including the effects section. The hardware has been laid out in modules with dedicated pots, switches, sliders and buttons for all major parameters. Critically, you can 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 can 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 each key is individually sprung so it is light to the touch and highly responsive to the synth engine. Bass Station II is a fully class compliant MIDI device with MIDI I/O on 5 pin din ports - for connecting to other MIDI outboard - and can interface with your computer over USB.

    The Synth Engine: A Brief Overview
    Oscillators: Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator (which is the critical component in creating rich, analog bass sounds). Oscillators One and Two are switchable between sine, sawtooth, square and variable pulse width, and Oscillator Three - the sub osc - can be set to one or two octaves below Oscillator One. It can be square, sine or narrow pulse width, delivering the characteristically ‘fat' bass tone.

    Filters: You can select between two discrete filters - ‘Acid' or ‘Classic' - each with a built in overdrive for pushing filter tones from dry, to warm, to nasty! The ‘Classic' Bass Station filter can be switched between low pass, high pass and band pass at 12 or 24dB slopes. The ‘Acid' filter is based on a diode ladder filter design that delivers a characteristically 303-esque sound that is designed to squelch!

    Effects: Bass Station II has two effects (not including the filter overdrive). Analog distortion drives circuit components to add new frequencies to the sound. Bass Station II's Distortion function can add gentle warmth, filthy granularity and anything in between. The second effect is ‘Osc Filter Mod' which creates a distinctive FM-type sound by using Oscillator Two to modulate the filter frequency. This is very good at crunchy, sound-mulching effects that substantially fatten up bass and lead patches.

    Modulation: There are two envelope generators and two low frequency oscillators (LFOs). The first envelope is an ADSR amp envelope and the second is a mod envelope that can be used to modulate filter frequency, oscillator pitch and osc pulse width. LFO One is dedicated to pitch modulation whereas LFO Two is used to modulate osc pulse width and filter frequency. Although it looks like there are four LFO waveforms, the ‘LFO Slew' function can be used freely to sculpt LFOs into smoother wave-shapes.

    Arpeggiator and step sequencer: Bass Station II's Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are killer performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. The fun really starts when you engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in - with legato and rests - and assigned to any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns. As well as getting ideas down quickly and programming performance sequences, this is a brilliant way to preview patches while you are editing them.
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    Architecture
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, White Noise
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Ring Modulation, Sync Hard, Sync Soft, Velocity
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, LFO
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Square, Triangle, Key Sync
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Polyphonic
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 128
    Storage: Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI
    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)
    Effects
    Distortion send
    Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)
    Sequencer
    Up to four sequences
    Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own
    insert rests or legato (slide)
    Sequencer re-trigger function
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 25 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Faders, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pedal - Patch Change, Pitch -Wheel, Velocity
    Display Type: LED, Numeric
    Display Count H: 3
    Display Count V: 1
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 2.5" x18" x10.625"
    Weight: 457mm (18”) width x 273mm (10.75”) depth x 76mm (3”) height
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Inputs: External input on 1/4" TRS jack
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT
    Power: DC power input Switch between power off / DC powered / bus powered
    Production
    Year Released: 2013
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] global.novationmusic.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $624 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $499 - convert
    Used Price: $250 - $350 - convert
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