Novation Bass Station II
Novation Bass Station II

Bass Station II, Analog Synth from Novation.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 6 reviews )
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  • 09/22/13Novation 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.

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petitsynthe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Compact and rich synth opportunities"

Novation Bass Station II
2 octaves: compact side for me is an advantage because I have many other keyboards and too much space: anyway, I can always control it with a MIDI keyboard with more octaves.


Ergonomics are good thanks to the many knobs except:
- With regard to having to switch between the two oscillators to edit is not always convenient and it may quickly edit one wanting to edit the other, especially if we went in another section of synthesis between.
- The fact that the preset one always returns to the ignition.


- As regards the effects:

Distortion, I do not use it because I generally love rather soft and muffled sounds, but for electro sounds very fashionable at the moment, it does.
For cons, the overdrive on the filter gives a little more fishing and heat when used moderately.

- As regards the sound:

The sound seems a bit late, everything is relative, because I compare my Moog Phatty (which many fewer opportunities) and my Pro-one (not that n'à memory) ... and forget not that they have not VCO and DCO

But as to the possibilities of synthesis very important, for me it is more a complementary synth (but I repeat, for me).

In absolute terms, the fact that this is not a big sound is absolutely not annoying it regarding the FX or leads but may be for those who like "big" and bass ... even a synth like this is made to fit into a mix: do not forget that its too big is always difficult to place, in the case of BS2 it can even become an advantage!
Any way to get a better idea, I can only advise you to go listen to it in a store, spend a good half hour, and possibly compare to other similar machines ( MiniBrute, microbute, mini-MS20, sub-phatty, etc ...).


The value for money is excellent, like all the many new mono coming out on the market since Minibrute, but for the benefit of memories (although for some it is a disadvantage, go figure ... however, which can the more can do less, right?).

Our time is still great: when compared to Roland Gaia SH-01 (which is € 200 more expensive New) out there for 3 years, there is no comparison: on a real analogue with While COD, but it sounds great. Besides, what is Roland? they seem to have completely missed the hard tick return new analog ...

To summarize, a really good little synth sound may be a little late but two assets are the memories and the rich sound editing capabilities.

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!

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

Novation Bass Station II
then it is part

it is about to start a monophonic analog synth (one note at a time) with 3 oscillators, 2 LFOs, an ADSR filter and one for amplitude, you have 4 types of filters available, a filter : bpf, hpf and lpf all 12 or 24 pole filter and a 4th acid says it will only have the 24-pole filter lpf (I think) a configurable but not usable midi (maybe I n arpeggiator ''m not happened ...), super bonus plus an overdrive (similar to the overload of at MOOG) and a pretty cool distortion (this is not a SHERMAN or COOKIE but is glad she is Ia). all with 128 memories (all rewritable) and a keyboard key (not mini ;) ) receiving velocity and after touch.


use generally goes smoothly, everything is in front or almost, I have enjoyed having the syncro osc 1 and 2 directly on the front but really nothing too against it by a very troublesome disease when you do live and it is not the only (08 prophet, mininova ...). if you send a program change will remind the program in question has every passage of it, if you have a loop of four measurement and you intend to do with a rise of 8 cutoff measurement example is death, program will return to the settings made gold backing all four measures ...
last reproach, a button to compare the sound created in previous sound the same bank would have been welcome.


then the sound is great for powerful lead (or not) in all genres, for bass is not bad but far from a Minitaur from home or even a moog little phatty, however the structure of the bass Station 2 offers many more possibilities than those mentioned above, the conventional analog sounds are brought to her as well as the more aggressive kind justice, mr oizo .... fx does not scare him either, so you can R2D2iffier through 2 lfo as you please.

he sat next to me in a slim phatty, prophet 08, Minitaur, Machinedrum and the sound is quite compatible with these, from the point of view of safety and grain it has its place and has a blush of people.


Finally I would say that is the best status price / quality ratio seems to me quite obvious and justified, 460 euro for three oscillators with four filters and distortion, rather honorable keyboard with velocity and aftertouch all with 128 mémoire.donc yes it is a case, as the first synth or a set already provided it find a place without a problem.

all good composition.