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Sonic LAB: Novation Bass Station II Review
  15-Oct-13
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PassTheGas    Said...

WOW! I was going to buy the ms-20 mini but the BS2 is just too good to pass up. Good job novation!

15-Oct-13 12:52 PM


asiohead    Said...

Great review Nick, I honestly wasn't expecting so many possibilities and great sounds from this synth.

15-Oct-13 03:42 PM


al_bot    Said...

Thanks for the review Nick!

15-Oct-13 06:23 PM


Champ    Said...

For me personally the BS2 is my favourite synth from Novation thats available today. Its all plastic but actually better build then you might expect. The knobs feel ok and the price... the price is damn good compared to other analog synths now on the market. While the nova's can produce nice sounds its no fun for me without the editor. The BS2 feels much more like a synth that satisfies my needs. I'm having lots of fun with the arp sequencer and the many knobs. :)

16-Oct-13 02:31 AM


Dastardly    Said...

So what do you think: a BS2 or a full set of Volcas?

16-Oct-13 07:27 AM


brian from usa    Said...

The doubled-up CCs (one higher than the other by 32, so 1/33. 7/39, etc.) has always been in the MIDI standard but is seldom implemented by mfrs. It allows up to 14 bit resolution (16K steps) but is fully still compatible with 7 bit. People complaining about steppy controllers in MIDI don't seem to understand this, both the sending and receiving devices have to support 14 bits to get the full benefit. Certainly very few hardware synths support 14 bit CCs.

16-Oct-13 10:58 AM


eXode    Said...

Thanks for the review Nick! I hope that you'll be able to do the Waldorf Pulse 2 soon, as it's in a similar price range. The Pulse lacks a keyboard but adds some other interesting features, imho.

17-Oct-13 01:11 AM


Alex    Said...

Hi Nick, i have a specific question, i know that the sequencer/arp can send it's notes out of the midi out, but can you sync other devices to it, with the BS2 acting as a master? I'd like to run the sequencer on the BS2 and then sync a volca beats (which has midi sync) to it, i don't want the BS sequencer's notes going to the volca beats (that might result in a mess of triggered drum sounds) i just want it to transmit midi clock data, any idea if this is possible? Do you still have the BS2 and Volca? Might be interesting to check.

17-Oct-13 04:02 AM


Woo    Said...

A bit of damning with faint praise. Reading between the lines, I think I'll skip it.

17-Oct-13 09:58 AM


S R Dhain    Said...

Woah, mantronix..heady days of yore.

Great review, covered the main areas. A lot of bang for the buck here and although there is direct comp from ms20 in terms of price and sound sculpting, this will probably win more favour than most for being more zeitgeist friendly, in terms of midi, patch storage, send recieve msgs, and my all time fave synth function, the built in sequencer and arp section.

28-Oct-13 07:16 AM


SUBTRACTIVE NOBODY    Said...

I really liked playing the BS2! I liked the feel of the keyboard much better than the MiniBrute. I liked the feature set of the BS2 better than the MB too. For $499 its a pretty sweet synth imo! It's true, Nick wasn't gushing over this synth, but I didn't feel like he was hatin' on it either. Great Review, Nick. SYNTHS!

28-Oct-13 01:45 PM


Cherry    Said...

Nick, this is a great review as always.

But two things on the technical side need fixing:

1) Your lighting setup works for the wide (or I guess I should say mid) shots, but when you do escpecially extreme close-ups, it looks blown-out. The problem is good to see on the white tops of the BS2's knobs!

Also the focus is a bit too shallow on those close ups.

2) The sounds of the video clips quite a few times when the synth gets loud and you talk over it. I don't have to tell you how to take care of clipping, so I'll just ask you to please be aware of it in future videos.

Best Regards

13-Nov-13 03:42 PM


Hoo    Said...

"Woo Said...

A bit of damning with faint praise. Reading between the lines, I think I'll skip it."

Reading between the lines... Woo is employed by the competition, lol.

20-Feb-14 07:09 PM


Earwig    Said...

Just bought this synth and I'm very happy. The Bass Station II makes you want to experiment and get the max out of it. Easily the best mono synth for live use.

20-Jun-14 09:58 AM


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