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Novation Bass Station Keyboard




bass station keyboard

info Country: UK
Weight: 2 Kg
Dimensions: 465 (w) x 215 (h) x 55 (d) mm
audio demo trend price : 200€
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Novation Bass Station
Analog Bass Synth (1993)


An early neo-analog portable synthesizer from the nineties, this project was originally aimed to a squealchy Roland Tb-303 emulation.

The famous engineer Chris Huggett (EDP WASP and Osc Oscar) worked on the Bass Station developpement.


info KEYBOARD 25 velocity full-size C-C keys (transmits polyphonic Midi) transposable over 8 octaves. The main panel features 19 knobs, 13 switch-tabs and 2 buttons - on the left side 2 wheels for modulation and pitchbender.

Back panel terminal connectors:
- mono analog output
- Midi interface (no thru)
- input for optional ECG-1 grip - never been released on the market

ac Power supply is an external PSU 9V DC or 6 X AA 1.5V batteries.

edit VOICE analog monophonic machine with subtractive synthesis.
A voice is composed by 2 quite identical detunable DCO oscillators (C2-C7 16' 8' 4' 2' sawtooth or pulse with variable width) with volume mix balancing.


demo waveforms
demo pulse width
demodetune OSC2

edit PERFORMANCE special functions:

- keyboard can be shifted to 3 octaves range
- adjustable portamento glide + autoglide legato for a Tb303 "twang" effect

- single / multi triggering: restarts the EG1 or free flown mode

- wheel variable pitch or cutoff modulation depth
- tuning function A-440Hz


bass stationt tech


edit LFO a main delayed modulator (shapes: saw, triangle and random) and 3 destinations

bass station - VCF cutoff

- DCO1 pitch

- DCO2 pitch

edit A second slimmed-down LFO manages the DCO1/DCO2 pulse width with fixed rate.

ENVELOPE 2 identical 4-segments EGs:


- EG1 amplitude (hardwired)

- EG2 AUX can be assigned to filter cutoff or pulse width

demo EG ADSR


FILTER resonant lowpass filter at 2 / 4 poles slope originally based on EDP WASP vintage synthesizer from 5 Hz to 10 kHz.

filter1 demo filter 4 poles



edit MIDI all knobs send Midi CC# - check table below.
Even if synthesis is monophonic, the keyboard polyphonically transmits Midi messages

105 Filter Resonance 112 Autoglide On/Off
106 Filter Mod. Depth 113 Env.2 Attack
107 Env.1 Attack 114 Env.2 Decay
108 Env.1 Decay 115 Env.2 Sustain
109 Env.1 Sustain 116 Env.2 Release
110 Env.1 Release 117 Env.2 Velocity
111 Env.1 Velocity    


edit MEMORY:

bass station chip - 7 RAM patches

edit The "manual" slot is the sound actually on the knobs positions.

edit Sounds can be saved only by Midi sysex.


bass station rack

Bass Station RACK - Updated with larger patch memories and CV gate controls

Super Bass station RACK Super Bass station RACK adds even more features than bass station rack - like extra EG, ring mod, sub osc and more memory.

Bass Station II

Bass Station II 2013, a totally different machine.

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION there are some free and commercial samples set:

vst plugin

-Rhythm lab

-Hollow Sun


-FREE sample pack

-FREE sample pack

-Commercial VST PLUGIN


Company: Novation
Model: bass station
Class: Synth
keys: 25 keys
Dates: 1993
Display: none
Synthesis: analog
Polyphony: 1 voices
Multitimbric: 1 part
Oscillator: 2 DCO
Filter: Digital Low pass
LFO: 1 modulator
Envelope: 2 EGs
Memory: 7 slots
Effects: none



demo novation mix demo1 with DRUMSTATION
demo novation mix demo 2 with DRUMSTATION
demo novation mix demo 3 with DRUMSTATION
demo Bass: minimoog
demo Bass: solid
demo Bass: soft
demo Bass: transistor bass
demo Bass: wet
demo Bass: another moog
demo key: mono harpsichord
demo organ: kinda
demo seq: on the zrun
demo lead: mosquito
demo Synth: detuned
demo Synth: filter adsr
demo Synth: lead four
demo Synth: monolegato
demo Synth: modulated
demo Synth: sick 303
demo Synth: normal 303
demo Synth: wet resonance
demo Percussion: electro tom
demo FX: rain

demohave some bass station








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Novation Bass Station FOR SALE

Novation Bass Station FOR SALE



double set memory behind



REVIEW "Keyboard version is really the most limited on the series, instead check out the far better ultimate SUPER BASS STATION or directly latest version MK2"

manual manual
-analog - plastic built
- DCO are a bit "straight"

bass station keyboard

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