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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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rockmanrock a hobbyist user writes:
Just picked up one of these s/h for 120 uk pounds. At these prices, you can't go wrong. The filter is nice and squelchy, and the overall tone is pretty good. Gripes: the oscillators are a bit weak compared with my Pulse or SH101, and the Pulse Width never gets really thin (this was mentioned in the original reviews, so it looks like they never fixed this problem). Shared sets of knobs for the Envelopes and Oscillator settings are a compromise: for the Envelopes, it's not too bad, but a bit annoying for Oscillators. It's better than the Pulse interface, but the modulation options are so much simpler. It sounds rougher than the Pulse too.. in a sort of slightly sloppy way.... the filter spits and growls and you can hear inconsistancies, whereas the Pulse is very tightly controlled.

Years ago when the BassStation keyboard came out, a friend bought one and he brought it over and we compared it to my SH101. The BassStation didn't sound quite as good, but you did get two separate oscillators and quite decent MIDI control. However the keyboard was so fragile that I thought they were just too toy-ish for the money. These days if you get the rack for a good price I think they're well worth having. It's a cheap way of getting a MIDI to CV/Gate converter too, for when you upgrade to a better monosynth! If you haven't got any monosynths yet, I think overall the Pulse or a SH101 would be better (depending on your taste for Roland/Moog filters) but I'm glad I've got one of these to complement them.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-12-2003 at 12:52
Rob a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm the present owner of a Bass Station Rack and the former owner of a Bass Station Keyboard. There is just something about these synths that I really love. The filter is all wet and juicy in a very Roland way, and it sounds great. The oscillators are very sweet sounding. Not huge and agressive like a Waldorf Pulse, but still very sweet. I can't say I'm in love with the bass sounds. They are adequate, on par with an Access Virus maybe. Not bad (good enough for Radiohead...) but not a Moog or a Pulse.

The architecture is simple, 1 LFO, 2 DCO's, LPF with 4-pole and 2-pole settings, Saw and Square (with PWM) on both osc's, 2 envelope generators... They are simple synths that just sound really good.

The build quality isn't spectacular, but it isn't horrible either. The keyboard was cheap and plastic feeling, but it was also light and ran on batteries, so it's a trade off. The rack has more memory locations (KB has only 7!) as well as a built in midi-cv converter and osc sync. The knobs on both are a little flimsy.

When I first got the KB, I liked it, but I wasn't too impressed with the bass and I made the mistake of running it dry too often. After I sold it, I missed it enough to buy a rack when a good price came along. I'm very happy I did. With a little chorus, distortion, or delay, the BS just kicks! I would like to trade up to a Suoer Bass Station, but for now, my BS Rack does the job very well, especially when you consider the used prices.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-26-2003 at 10:11
DJ Horus from Germany writes:
Nice analogue bass synth combined with the possibilities of MIDI an MIDI-SysEx Data. It is no 303-Clone, but it has its own sound character, if you like to experiment with sounds that range from fat Bass Sounds to resonant Filtersweeps, this thing is a really fine synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-08-2003 at 18:54
naylor a hobbyist user from uk writes:
Nice, phat sounding although limited. Dont buy one for the 303 emulation though Excellent midi implementation and a useful tool in the armoury.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-20-2002 at 12:22
Matthew Porth a hobbyist user from London, UK writes:
It'll skin you alive and have yer soul for afters. First you play and your amazed. Then you think.... it has limitations.... but who gives a rats privates! It works. It works so well you don't worry abot the limitations. If I have complaints they are. 1 - Perhaps there could be a little more precision on the pots. 2 - Really a bit too easy to make the thing scream at volumes that make you mixer BITCH at you!. Perhaps I have good things to say. Autoglide/Multi/Single settings on ADSR for VCO AND VCF and each with seperate velocity control! OH YEAH! This makes it very playable. Got mine cheapish (200 quid) second hand and had to do a bit of cleaning. Excellent MIDI controller. All pots transmit MIDI control messages so with some clever MIDI mapping you can control anything. Stick it through a distortion and it is everybit as nasty as a Marshalled/Wah-Wah'd guitar. Shame the guitar controller never came out. Small enough to take to bed with you for a quick nightly strum. Delay loves the portamento. Accompanies a drum machine like cream accompanies strawberries.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-27-2002 at 19:24
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