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Novation Bass Station II Analogue Synth

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The Novation Bass Station II is an analogue monophonic synthesiser based on the original BassStation, however, re-imagined for the modern environment. It's such a robust, powerful and diverse synthesiser that you would be mad not to add this to your studio setup.

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The Novation BassStation II is an analogue monophonic synthesiser based on the original BassStation, However, re-imagined for the modern environment. For an analogue synth in this price range, you'd struggle to find another synth that can match the BassStation on capability. The BassStation features the addition of two oscillators and a third dedicated sub-oscillator for adding even more punchy low end, resulting in thick basslines that are guaranteed to liven up any track.

Even though named, the BassStation II, this synthesiser has many capabilities and is versatile enough to produce beautiful arpeggios and razor-sharp leads. Add in the other brilliantly designed functions to change your musical parameters expertly; you know that including this in your studio setup will add not just one but many strings to your bow as a music producer or sound designer. 

The BassStation II is comprised of three purely analogue oscillators and a noise generator. Oscillators One and Two are completely independent and feature many changeable signal types including Sine, Square, Sawtooth and Pulse width. The third sub-oscillator is where the magic happens by playing one or two octaves below the first oscillator, giving your basslines a thicker and more powerful sound. Also, choose from either square, sine or narrow pulse width waves for your third oscillator.

The two filters included, 'Acid' and 'Classic', can beautifully change the timbres, generated by your oscillators. The 'Classic' filter comprises low pass, high pass, and bandpass settings at 12 or 24 dB axis, whereas the 'Acid' filter is modelled on a diode ladder filter design that can incredibly realistic, 303 sounding effects. Perfect for when you want to in-depth on your sound design.

The two additional effects help to push your sounds to real extremities if you so wish. The BassStation 2 comes with a distortion function that can provide soft distortion for subtle changes or filthy when you really want to overdrive a sound to the limit. 'Osc Filter Mod' is the second effect that uses an FM type effect on oscillator two to modulation the filter frequency of oscillator one. Handy for beefing up lead and bass sounds.

There is AFX Mode which has involvement from Aphex Twin / Richard James'. AFX mode allows you to assign multiple variations of patch parameters to individual keys. This allows the user to have a different patch on each key, expanding the Bass Station II's capabilities even further.

The BassStation II comes with two envelope generators, the ADSR amp envelope, and a mod envelope to modulate filter frequency, oscillator pitch, and osc pulse width. Also, the BassStation comes with two low-frequency oscillators. Collectively these can modulate pitch, osc pulse width and filter frequency.

Finally, the BassStation comes with a dedicated Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer. These functions are where this synthesiser shines as not just a production tool but as a live performance tool as well. Switch octave ranges and run through 32 different multi-directional rhythmic patterns extremely quickly.

Novation's BassStation II is such a robust, powerful and diverse synthesiser that you would be mad, not to add this to your studio setup.

  • Flexible modulation featuring 2 Envelopes and 2 LFOs
  • MIDI I/O and USB connectivity
  • Players 'synth-action' keyboard with aftertouch
  • Analogue synth: brand new version of the classic BassStation
  • Two distinct analogue filters: A brand new ‘Acid’ filter joins the ‘Classic’ original BassStation filter
  • Bass Station II ships with 64 factory patches and a further 64 user slots. Patch dump enables you to archive and swap sounds
  • Pattern-based Step Sequencer and Arpeggiator
  • Analogue synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters
  • Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator
  • Analogue effects section: Bass Station II includes fully analogue distortion and filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive to add an aggressive, crunchy sound-quality
  • 3yr Warranty on Novation

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



  • 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


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


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


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


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)


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

Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator


  • Up to 32 different patterns
  • Select between 1-4 octave range
  • Swing function
  • Select direction:
  • oup
  • odown
  • oup / down 1
  • oup / down 2
  • oAs played
  • oRandom
  • 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


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

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