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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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
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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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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!

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