The Bass Station II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer from Novation is a 25-key synthesizer with assignable aftertouch that, while designed for bass synth sounds, is also capable of leads and arpeggiated performance. It features two analog oscillators and a third sub-octave oscillator. The tones its oscillators produce can be modulated, shaped, and altered by the Bass Station II’s Classic and Acid filters, dual ADSR envelope generators, 2 LFOs, and analog distortion.

The synth has a built-in arpeggiators with 32 different patterns and a 1 to 4 octave range. The step sequencer provides another playing style with up to 4 different sequences. The Bass Station II’s front-panel controls give you hands on access to all of the synth’s editable parameters. Your edits and self-created patches can be saved to the 64 user patches for fast recall.

You can easily turn your Bass Station II into an AFX Station with the v4.14 firmware update (free download available separately). Developed in collaboration with electronic music legend Aphex Twin (Richard James), the AFX mode enables you to assign a discrete set of synthesis parameters to each note on Bass Station II’s keyboard. Use it to introduce subtle changes to a sound as you play up and down the keyboard, divide the keyboard into multiple zones—one per key if you like—each playing its own sound, or create entire drum kits in a single preset for triggering manually or via the arpeggiator. This inspiring mode opens up a whole new world of sound design and performance possibilities.



The Synth Engine

Oscillators: Bass Station II is built on three analog oscillators and a noise generator. There are two fully independent oscillators plus a sub oscillator. Oscillators One and Two are switchable between sine, sawtooth, square and variable pulse width, and Oscillator Three – the sub osc – can be set to one or two octaves below Oscillator One. It can be square, sine or narrow pulse width, delivering the characteristically ‘fat’ bass tone.

Filters: You can select between two discrete filters – ‘Acid’ or ‘Classic’ – each with a built in overdrive for pushing filter tones from dry, to warm, to nasty! The ‘Classic’ Bass Station filter can be switched between low pass, high pass and band pass at 12 or 24 dB slopes. The ‘Acid’ filter is based on a diode ladder filter design that delivers a characteristically 303-esque sound that is designed to squelch


Bass Station II has two effects (not including the filter overdrive). Analog distortion drives circuit components to add new frequencies to the sound. The second effect is ‘Osc Filter Mod’ which creates a distinctive FM-type sound by using Oscillator Two to modulate the filter frequency


There are two envelope generators and two low frequency oscillators (LFOs). The first envelope is an ADSR amp envelope and the second is a mod envelope that can be used to modulate filter frequency, oscillator pitch and osc pulse width. LFO One is dedicated to pitch modulation whereas LFO is used to modulate osc pulse width and filter frequency. Although it looks like there are four LFO waveforms, the ‘LFO Slew’ function can be used freely to sculpt LFOs into smoother wave-shapes creating many more LFO possibilities

Analog Signal Path

Bass Station II has a pure analogue audio signal path, reviving the spirit of the original Bass Station with a design optimized for bass

Two Distinct Analog Filters

A brand new “Acid” filter joins the “Classic” original Bass Station filter -(“Classic” switches between low, hi and band pass with 12 and 24 dB slopes)


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’s Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are performance and production tools. The Arp can be directed to run through 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions with a switchable octave range. You can also engage the Step Sequencer. Up to four sequences can be played in – with legato and rests – and played back using any one of the 32 rhythmic patterns.

Dedicated Tweakable Controls

Analog synth layout includes dedicated controls for all major parameters enabling hands-on control of the sound engine

MIDI I/O and USB Connectivity

Bass Station II can be connected to your music software as well as your MIDI compatible hardware

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

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AFX Mode with Free v4.14 Firmware Update

Fixed Duration Envelopes: The sustain segments of Bass Station II’s envelopes can be set to a fixed length, moving on to the release stage regardless of when the key or trigger is actually released after playing a note—crucial for making drum kits
Extended Sub-Oscillator Control: You can set the sub to any non-octave tracking interval you like, and knock it out of tune subtly or dramatically for creative effect
Oscillator Glide Diverge: You can slow down the Glide time of Oscillator 2 relative to Oscillator 1 by a variable amount, causing the two to diverge for interesting portamento effects
Envelope Retrigger Count: The number of times the envelopes retrigger can be adjusted



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