To celebrate their 21st birthday Novation give us the Bass Station II. A complete rework of the original. Now with a fully analogue signal path that gives us two filters, two oscillators plus a sub oscillator, patch save, and an analogue effects section consisting of distortion and Osc filter mod. In addition to this we also get a step-sequencer, an arpeggiator, two octave velocity sensitive keyboard and a powerful modulation section.
It been twenty years since Novation released the original Bass Station, however the synth's designer Chris Huggett has a heritage which spans back to the seventies having designed the classic Wasp and later working on the digitally controlled analogue synth, OSCar. The "Classic" Bass Station filter can be seen as a direct descendant of the Wasp and can give us that classic British tone that has been missing from more recent analogue synthesizers.
Worldwide Availability: June 2013
Pricing at dealers: £399.99 inc.vat / €469.99 / $499.99
From what we can see in the pictures and press that novation sent us, there is one thing that has been missed off the analogue mono bass synth check list, and that my friends is a CV/Gate interface. So although this baby is analogue it wont be interfacing with your modular, which I think is a bit of a shame.
As always we will endeavour to be first on the scene at MusikMESSE 2013 and give you the first look at this new addition to the Novation family.
Prior to our full review, we take a listen you ask the questions