NovationBass Station II Analog Keyboard Synthesizer


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Novation Bass Station II

The Novation Bass Station II is an updated version of their classic Bass Station, albeit with a dazzling and extensive array of ingenious features too numerous for this brief description. Like its predecessor, the Bass Station II is inherently portable and features a completely analog signal path. This synth contains two filters, dual oscillators, a sub-oscillator, and an all-analog signal path and effects section. Additionally, users can save and recall presets, access an internal step sequencer, arpeggiator, an extensive modulation section, and a 25 note keyboard. 

As its name suggests, the Bass Station II is oriented towards bass tones, but is capable of much more. Its sound engine is capable of an array of leads and arpeggios, while its keys are velocity sensitive and feature assignable aftertouch. Each key is individually sprung, making them both light and extremely responsive.

As of firmware v2.5, the Bass Station II includes a host of features that expand the synthesizer's potential tremendously. The Bass Station II is now capable of monophonic and paraphonic operation, utilizing the second oscillator as a pseudo-second voice. This firmware update also offers options for microtuning, making it possible to construct exotic scales—and with the paraphonic mode engaged, it offers the option of complex, otherworldly harmonies. Additional features include variable filter keyboard tracking, envelope retriggering, and "oscillator error" for creating pleasant, vintage-sounding instabilities.

In terms of connectivity, the Bass Station II features MIDI I/O and USB connectivity. There’s also an external instrument input that enables users to route external instruments through the synthesizer’s analog filter and effects section. 

Bass Station II Features

  • Analogue synth: Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original Bass Station with an all-new design optimised for bass
  • Two distinct analogue filters: A brand new “Acid” filter joins the “Classic” original Bass Station filter -(“Classic” switches between low, hi and band pass with 12 and 24dB slopes)
  • Load and save patches: 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: Bass Station II has an arpeggiator with a programmable step sequencer that enables you to store and call up patterns and quickly sketch-out ideas
  • Dedicated Tweakable Controls: Analogue synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters enabling instant hands-on control of the sound engine
  • Two Oscillators plus an additional Sub Oscillator: Bass Station II has two sync-able, tune-able oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator for generating enormous bass sounds
  • 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
  • Flexible modulation featuring 2 Envelopes and 2 LFOs: LFO waveforms include triangle, sawtooth, square and sample & hold. Two ADSR envelopes are available for filter, pitch and pulse width modulation
  • MIDI I/O and USB connectivity: Bass Station II can be connected to your music software as well as your MIDI compatible hardware
  • Players 'synth-action' keyboard with aftertouch: The keyboard mechanism is a two-octave (25 note) velocity sensitive synth-action keyboard with full-size keys and assignable aftertouch
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, 4GB of Loopmasters Samples
  • Components content manager allows easy device backup



  • Osc 1
  • Osc 2
  • Sub Osc
  • Noise generator

Osc 1 & 2 Waveforms

  • Sine
  • Triangle
  • Sawtooth
  • Square/variable pulse width

Oscillator 1 & 2

  • Sync 1 & 2
  • Detune
  • Octave range
  • Pitch bend
  • Pitch modulation to Mod Envelope and LFO 1
  • Pulse width modulation to Mod Envelope and LFO 2

Sub Oscillator

  • Waveforms: Sine, Square, Narrow pulse
  • All modulation and tuning tracked to Osc 1
  • Select one or two octaves below


  • 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 mode and slope: Low pass, Band pass, or High pass. 12dB or 24dB slope.


  • Two ADSR Envelopes  (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)
  • Amp Envelope
  • Mod Envelope
  • Combined control of both Envelopes

Envelope Triggering Modes

  • Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
  • Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)
  • Autoglide (engages portamento)


  • 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)
  • There is also a VCA limiter


  • 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
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