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Happy Birthday Novation
After we had Mr Nick Bookman over to show us the Bass Station 2 in depth, we discovered that this year sees Novation celebrating their 21st Anniversary.
Who better to take us through the history and evolution of Novation instruments?
Why Nick Bookman of course!
Novation kindly provided us with a pile of instruments from their collection and let Nick out of his laboratory to come and see us and be our guide.
So to help them celebrate their 21st birthday we took this journey from Bassstation to Bassstation II through some of their landmark instruments.
As a guide, here's the timeline of events:
1992 - MM-10 a MIDI controller and stand for the Yamaha QY-010
1993- Bass Station - classic MIDI controlled, affordable analogue
1994 - Bass Station Rack - more control and CV in and out
1995/6 - Drum Station - rackmount 808 and 909 modelled sounds
1997 - Super Bass Station - added arpeggiator, noise, ring mod and LFO
1998 - Supernova - affordable multi timbral poly synth, 56 independent effects
1999 - Nova - desktop analogue modelled (ASM) virtual analog with SuperNova engine
2000 - Supernova II - super powered DSP engine more voices, 42 band vocoder
2001 - A-Station - Bass Station and Supernova inspired rackmount polysynth
2002 - K-Station - pocket-sized polysynth with Hypersync for tempo based effects
2003 - Remote 25 - introduction of the first comprehensive MIDI controllers
2004 - X-Station - USB MIDI, 2 in, 2 out audio interface and polysynth
2006 - Remote ZeRo SL - large format displays and MIDI control with Automap
2007 - Nio2|4 - USB audio interface, XioSynth
2008 - Nocturn - compact MIDI control, plus touch sensitive controls for the ReMote range
2009 - Launchpad - integration with Ableton Live and multi-mode control surface grid
2010 - UltraNova - return of the Nova, with 18 voices, 18 filter types and Touch Sense
2011 - Impulse - fully featured MIDI controller keyboard range
2012 - MiniNova - compact synthesizer with 18 voices and animate controls for real-time tweaks
2013 - Bass Station 2 -completely re-worked analog mono and Launchkey controller range
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23-Aug-13 07:11 AM
Love that Supernova II. Wish they still made them...
24-Aug-13 02:35 AM
What a great video, thank you so much!
24-Aug-13 03:23 AM
Great video. I'm a big fan of Novation synths. They have a unique sound. Would have been nice to hear the difference between Supernova and Supernova 2.
25-Aug-13 11:14 PM
Really excellent, interesting video, congrats and thanks to everybody involved.
29-Aug-13 07:01 AM
Thank you Nick and Novation, this was a great video! I purchased the Novation Basstation Rack back in 1995. It was a special order item for $600 (US). At the time, like many of us, I wanted a 303 but they were close to $1,000 used (pre-Ebay days) The sounds were amazing and the manual was child-like easily comprehensive. I still own it and once in a while I push the demo button to remind me what it is capable of doing. Looking forward to an Ultranova.
31-Aug-13 09:29 AM
Supernova II was a fantastic synth. Powerful and easy to use. I hate to see the trend of mini-key synths these days.
16-Dec-13 10:44 AM
All-in-one synth voice and a pressure sensitive keyboard with arp, seq and more!