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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Greenie a part-time user from USA writes:
This review is for the rack version, which blows away the keyboard version with one hand tied behind its back. It seems to me that Novation made several design blunders with the keyboard version, but since I don't own that one, I won't go into that.

I am very happy with my BS Rack. It sounds great, is easy to program, and offers a mind-numbing array of cool features, in a very compact and STURDY package.

I use mine mainly for deep, dubby basslines, bleepy 16th-note sequences, and filtery drones (at which it is amazing). Its sound is a bit on the harsher, razory side - after all, it was designed as a techno synth - and it can do some nice leads, though as an ambient musician I don't use them very often. The oscillator sync sounds very good; it sounds just kinda cheesy for 303-ish stuff though.

When I hooked up the CV<>MIDI convertor to my hitherto unsequenced Moog, my brain exploded. Wicked cool!!! Stoopid fresh!!! It's like getting a free Kenton with your synth. (Okay, it only handles one instrument, but still, it's a hella cool extra.)

The MIDI implementation is thorough. The voice architecture and interface are well thought out. (With some synths, I wonder stuff like, "Why the hell did they include [useless feature], but no oscillator sync?!" Not so with the BSR.)

So yeah. The point is, I dig it. If you do techno (and - hmph - who doesn't these days?) you'll dig it even more. If you have a CV-controlled synth lying around that you'd like to sequence, we'll probably have to administer tranquilizers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-21-2000 at 10:21
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
I've got a filter input on my rack, guess the little keyboard version doesn't have this, I don't use it too much though, as I've got rack mounted filters that are far superior in my opinion.

A great little synth though, price vs. features are amazing!

-nubey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-02-2000 at 10:15
INCIZE a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
A cool little synth. I could sit there all day tweaking the knobs... infact, I have, almost.

You get a lot for money with this little fella, plenty of real time control, although I wish I knew how to get an external input for it...(hint, hint - if some one could possibly tell me how that'd be great!).

Oh, and it could have more memories.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-02-2000 at 06:56
Luke Warm a part-time user from WV writes:
I've had the keyboard version for about 9 months now...This thing is too underrated...D/L the patch editor for your computer, it really helps for storing and transferring patches with only 7 slots...yes it's plastic, and yes the knobs could've been made bigger...I pound on it and havn't hurt it yet, and the knobs are the SAME size as a 303 (and it can do as close to a 303 sound as you can get with a 24db filter...closer than a 202 can get)...it's even tapped and threaded for a guitar strap!...please contact me if you've added a filter input to one, i value mine too much to go at surgery blindly...possibly the best reason to get one: black out the letter "B" on the back, so that everyone thinks you're playing an "ASS STATION" :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-12-1999 at 05:07
krc a part-timer user from USADMK writes:
I think that the guy who said it sounds weak must have been huffing freon or something because this unit could easily DESTROY any speaker cone if you wanted it to. Let me address a couple specific issues: 1) The rack version is the one you want, for the 60 user storage spots 2) It can't doa 303, if you are talking about comparing it, solo along with a 303, solo. In a mix, it can do a passable job. 3) Why does anyone want to clone that overused, old school sound anyway? If you're into Techno, you should embrace the new, neverbefore heard sounds, not the generic status quo. And, speaking of new sounds, this machine can make them like nothing else. From bouncing beating jungle basslines to talking martians. It sounds very one dimensional at first, because of the lack of effects. Run it through a reverb and distortion and you will be saying "man, so THATS where Aphrodite got that one bassline". It does more than bass too. But, the real great thing about this machine is that you can just turn knobs all night, and each one sends a midi signal. Don't listen to the naysayers, they probably just don't want you to buy one, to keep this little gem a secret! BassStation forever! -k

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-15-1999 at 18:38
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