Novation Bass Station II

Novation Bass Station II

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Bass Station II, Analog Synth from Novation.

6 user reviews
Prices starting at $90 Average price: $275
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Novation Bass Station II review

Novation Bass Station II Review

Novation Bass Station II Review

Nice Little Fatty 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. Read more…

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Novation Bass Station II tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Novation
  • Model: Bass Station II
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2013

Synth engine


  • 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:
    • 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


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

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


  • 18" wide x 10.75" deep x 3" tall

Novation Bass Station II user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 6 reviews )
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NZB's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Novation Bass Station II
then it is part

to begin it comes to a monophonic synth (a note at a time) dot 3 oscillators, 2 LFOs, filter ADSR and one for amplitude, you have 4 types of filters at your disposal, a Filter: bpf; lpf and hpf all in 12 or 24 pole and 4th acid filter that says it does bnficiera as lpf filter 24 pole (I think), an arpeggiator paramtrable but not used midi (maybe I am not arrived ...), super bonus plus an overdrive (similar to the overload in MOOG) and a rather cool distortion (it's not a SHERMAN or BISCUIT but is glad that either). all with 128 memoirs (all rinscriptible) and a keyboard (not mini button;)) receiving the vlocit and after touch.


use goes smoothly overall, everything is almost faade, I will have to have the syncro apprci osc 1 and 2 directly on the facade but frankly nothing much m against it by singing a well gnante disease when you do live, and it is not the only one (08 prophet, mininova ...). if you send him a change program will remind the program in question each pass of it, if you have a 4 measuring loop and you plan to make a go up with the cut off is dead, the program will return the parameters performed gold backing ...
last reproach, t have a compare button welcome.


then the sound is very good for powerful lead (or not) of all kinds, for bass is not bad but very far from a moog Minitaur home or even a little phatty, however the structure of the bass station 2 offers many more possibilities than cit above, the classic analog sounds has its harbor as well as its most aggressive type justice, mr oizo fx .... do not do it Fear not, so you can R2D2iffier as you please.

he took me up to the cost of a slim phatty, prophet 08 Minitaur, Machinedrum and the sound is quite compatible with these, from the point of view of safe and grain it has its place and has a blush person.


Finally I would say that is the best status report qualitprix seems to me quite justified and empty, 460 euro for three oscillators with 4 filters and distortion, keyboard rather honorable with vlocit and aftertouch all with 128 mmoire.donc yes it is a case, as the first synth or a set already well provided he finds a place without problem.

good composition

xdm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Novation Bass Station II
Cf file test, all is said.


The control layout is damn good, everything is easy.

Additional functions accessible via the keyboard takes a little more time, some have been in direct control but I do not miss me too much either.

The only thing I would really like to have more is a second envelope generator to play simultaneously and differently on the envelope modulation and amplitude (it is still possible to change the two together with four faders) and two separate control sections for both oscilloscope.

To respond to the notice of Infracid: it is possible to listen to other presets when working on a patch, when you press save once and you must choose the preset number to overwrite it can listen by browsing.

The manual is clear, explains well the same synthesis for beginners and is not too long either (a 20aine pages)


This is what decided me, I hesitated between MiniBrute and bass station, as this is my first synth, I have chosen for its versatility and the range of sound that seemed more 'large .
The MiniBrute really appealed to me also because I love the sounds and aggressive side a button = function / no presets' the MiniBrute.
Finally use I really appreciate the convenience of being able to recall a sound found in a good session and bass station is also known to be aggressive when pushed a little. Why I love the 'osc filter mod' that pushing the filter resonance and adding a bit of overdrive and distortion may come out well calibrated sound (not as extreme as MiniBrute though) or permit create modulations nice playing on the Tilt 2 very low notes.
The ability to switch between the two filters is also a great advantage for me.


I play a lot with for about a month. Store I also tested MiniBrute / microbrute (a good half hour each) and if I had the choice again I repeat the bass station, great sound, excellent value for money.

Larron's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great synth for the price!"

Novation Bass Station II
Everything has been said in very good test above.


The use is very simple once you understand the use of functions on the keys.


The highlight of this machine: the sound!
J have many old monophonic analog at home (MS20, Prodigy, TB303, etc ...) and I wanted a small modern simple and cheap to tour without taking my old capricious cuckoos monaural.
J bought successively MOPHO (very advanced modulations but its pretty sterile and cold), a Minitaur (ultra limited to modulation and filtering >> wholesale level can be A good bass sound with, and c is, he did not keyboard and the system memory is very sketchy).
I tried store Minibrute (interesting to make the experiment, close to that of MS20, but no memories very disabling for the stage and lack of strength in the bass)
I finally chose (some default initially) for this little light synth and not too expensive.
Well I'm really happy. Can be both sound very similar to those of TB, of an MS20 and a Moog. It has a sequencer and an arpeggiator, 2 oscillators + sub give them a huge potato in the grave, and sound really analog (unlike the very civilized oscilloscope Mopho).
Finally, it has 2 analog distortion before and after the filter, 2 envelopes and 2 lfo, 4 filter types that sound great, memories, etc ...


The best machine in its class in my humble opinion!

Toxikalien's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" yum"

Novation Bass Station II
25-key synth 2 lfo 1 3osc distortion monophonik


simple configuration for one who is accustomed to the synthesis manual download novation on the site! I find oscillators too fast but this is my personal opinion


level the bass station does its boulo! much fat, and deep bass, I do not like too much distortion of the bass station effect


I me since August I drive uses the audio output of bass station on ableton for him paste a good distortion (trash2) and is nickel! what I love most: memorisation of preset, what I like least: the distortion, with experience I not really know if I would do this choice I would have to try the microbrut or minibrut to know!

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