Reviews and Problems with Novation Bass Station II
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Novation Bass Station 2
Sound On Sound
28 September 2013
Summary: The Bass Station 2 is a synth with personality that produces ripping, gnashy solos as readily as solid analogue bass. If you can adapt to the short keyboard, it's a delight to play and to sequence.
Pros: A fab-sounding, affordable analogue synth with patch memories., The sequencer is instant fun — and transmits its output via MIDI., Keyboard generates velocity and aftertouch., MIDI data is sent from every control.
Cons: Keyboard length is restrictive., No 'pot pickup'., Multi-functionality; not WYSIWYG.
Summary: The Bass Station II is an undeniable accomplishment. It has almost everything to please us: it's financially accessible, easy to use and offers nice and diverse sounds. We like especially the oscillators (which can be widely modulated), the multi-mode filter, the different distortions, the clever...
Pros: The undeniable analog color, Very broad sound possibilities, Numerous controls, Velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch, A sub oscillator, Modulations within the oscillators, Resonant multi-mode filter, Pre-filter overdrive and post-filter distortion, Modulation possibilities, Arpeggiator wit...
Cons: Several shared controls, Secondary functions, Keyboard limited to two octaves, Key follow fixed on the filter, No CV/Gate connections