The analogue synth revival continues in a big way with the release of the Novation Bass Station II. Released in 1993, the original Bass Station was released to rave reviews. The Bass Station was the perfect synth for those lusting after a Roland TB303, but unwilling to pay the vast sums those demanded (and continue to demand!). Now, twenty years later, Novation have released the Bass Station II, and it looks like we’ll see those great reviews all over again! So, if you’re in the market for a beefy-sounding analogue monosynth, the Bass Station II may just be for you…
The Bass Station II offers a completely analogue signal path for the two oscillators -offering a choice from four waveforms- plus sub oscillator, two types of filter, two LFOs and two proper ADSR envelopes. In addition to all this classic analogue synth goodness, the Bass Station II also provides analogue distortion and filter overdrive effects, a step-sequencer and arpeggiator, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity.
With its full-sized keys and plenty of knobs, sliders and switches for hands-on control and patch-tweakery, the Novation Bass Station II should be a nice synth to program, play, and perform with in all its analogue glory, but with the benefit of a patch memory for quick saving and recall!
As for the sounds, well, we wait for our eardrums to be vibrated, but, if it’s anything like the original Bass Station and Super Bass Station, we expect everything from thick low-end goodness to high-end squelch. Much like the Roland 303, we expect the Bass Station II to be great for bass, but offer so much more than that…
The Novation Bass Station II continues the analogue synth comeback and is sure to be a big hit, we’ll no doubt be bringing you a hands-on review as soon as we get hold of them, so keep your eyes out!
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