Novation Bass Station II

The analogue monosynth reborn. Nothing out there sounds this warm, fat and dirty. Bass Station II is our pure analogue monosynth. We based it on our classic Bass Station, then enhanced every area to make it even bigger, angrier and more versatile.
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The analogue mono synth reborn

Nothing out there sounds this warm, fat and dirty. Bass Station II is our pure analogue mono synth. We based it on our classic BassStation, then enhanced every area to make it even bigger, angrier and more versatile.

It has two tuneable oscillators, a sub-oscillator for enormous bass, plus noise and ring modulation. It also gives you two distinct analogue filter types: the classic multi-mode filter and a new acid filter, fora massive variation in sonic possibilities.

Artist Soundpack

We decided to put a call out to a handful of our Bass Station II artists to have them create some patches for a new sound pack. Here's the roster of analogue noodlers who got involved: Nite Jewel, Cian from Super Furry Animals, Jeremy from Everything Everything, Jason Miles, Victor Parris Mitchell, Adam Freedland.

Much More Than Bass

This synth can sound as mellow or aggressive as you want.Seek out sweet spots with the filter mod to make it sing. Crank the distortion and it will growl with pent up anger. Push the resonance to self oscillation to create shrieking leads. Bass Station II can sound however you feel.

Easy Controls for Complex Design

We put as many controls as possible onto Bass Station II, so you can totally lose yourself in discovering and creating new sounds. Of course, we also laid out all those controls in the clearest and most useful way, to keep sound design as straightforward and fun as possible.

Save and Load Patches

We loaded Bass Station II with 64 diverse patches that showcase its huge sonic variation. We also left 64 slots free, so you can easily save and load your own patches on the unit, or in the free librarian software.

Instant Inspiration

Bass Station II's pattern-based arpeggiator and step sequencer are a fun and immediate way to find new inspiration. The sequencer lets you record your own notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time, then store them, recall them and use them with any patch you like. Easily and automatically sync them to your music software or hardware setup, or even add swing to get your groove going.

Connect to Just About Anything

Bass Station II is fully class compliant, so you can plug into anything via USB and start playing. It also has MIDI I/O on 5 pin dinports, so you can connect your other MIDI gear. You can even connect an external instrument and run it through Bass Station II's analogue filter and effects.


Create a huge variety of sounds

Two pure analogue, sync-able and tuneable oscillators with four selectable waveforms, plus a third sub-oscillator, noise and ring modulation.


Enormous bass and shrieking leads

Switch the multi-mode Classic Filter between low, hi and band pass with 12 and 24 dB slopes.


Improved analogue filter stage

A 24dB Acid Filter that is even darker, wetter and smoother than the Classic.


Turn Jekyll to Hyde

Create crunchy, aggressive sounds with fully analogue distortion, filter-modulation effects and a separate filter overdrive.


Easily load and save patches

Comes with 64 patches that cover a huge range of styles, but you can create, save, archive and swap 64 of your own too.


Get instant inspiration

Record notes, ties, rests and rhythms in real time using the step sequencer and arpeggiator, then easily store them, recall them and use them with any patch you like.


Experiment easily

Get your hands on loads of controls, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing.



Flexible modulation


Triangle, saw tooth and square LFO waveforms, as well as sample and hold, and two ADSR envelopes for filter, pitch and pulse width modulation.


Connect to hardware and software

Connect and sync to your music software and MIDI-compatible hardware.


Player's Keyboard

Full sized 25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard, with a fast synth-action and after touch.


Store unlimited sounds

Keep as many patches as you like on your Mac or PC using the Librarian Software.


Tech Spec

 Product HardwareSpecifications

Hardware & controller assignment

25 note synth-action keyboard

Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate:

Filter frequency

LFO 1to Osc pitch

Osc 2 speed

Pitch wheel

Modulation wheel can be assigned to:

LFO 2 to filter frequency

LFO 1 to Osc pitch

Osc 2 pitch

Octave up/ down buttons

64 factory presets

64 slots for user patches (and patch dump facility forstoring more)

Master volume dial

Inputs and Outputs

USB 2 socket for MIDI (for connecting & powering BassStation II via host computer)

Mono output on 1/4" TRS jack

Headphone output on 1/4" TRS jack

External input on 1/4" TRS jack

Sustain pedal input on 1/4" TS jack

MIDI IN / MIDI OUT ports on 5 pin din

DC power input

Switch between power off / DC powered / bus powered

 Synth Engine


Osc 1

Osc 2

Sub Osc (3)

Noise generator

Osc 1 & 2

Select between waveforms:




square/variable pulse width


Sync 1 & 2


Octave range

Pitch bend

Pitch modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 1

Pulse width modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 2

Sub Osc (3) which is tracked to Osc 1

Select independently between waveforms:



Narrow pulse


All modulation and tuning tracked to Osc 1

Independent octave select


Osc 1 level

Osc 2 level

Sub Osc level

Noise generator level

Ring modulation depth

External signal level


Two filter types

Acid type (diode ladder filter design)

Classic type (derived from original Bass Station)





Filter frequency to Mod Envelope depth

Filter frequency to LFO 2 depth

Select 'Classic' filter between:

Low pass

Band pass

High pass

12dB slope

24dB slope


Two ADSR Envelopes (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)

Amp Envelope

Mod Envelope

Combined control of both Envelopes



Select triggering mode between:

Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note isplayed)

Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)

Autoglide (engages portamento)

There is also a VCA limiter


Two LFOs each selectable between:




Sample and hold

Both LFOs independently adjustable between rate and delaytime

Key sync LFO 1 & 2

LFO slew on LFO 1& 2 (low pass filter on the LFOwaveform)


Distortion send

Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created byOscillator 2 modulating filter freq)

Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator


Up to 32 different patterns

Select between 1-4 octave range

Swing function

Select direction:



up / down 1

up / down 2

As played


Latch (hold the arpeggiator)

Step Sequencer

Up to four sequences

Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own

insert rests or legato (slide)

Sequencer re-trigger function


Adjust glide time

Single trigger or re-trigger modes

Integrate into step sequencer and arpeggiator

 Power Requirements

USB bus powered

9V DC power supply included

Maximum power consumption 9V DC 300mA

 Product Dimensions

457mm (18) width x 273mm (10.75) depth x 76mm (3) height

 OS Compatibility

macOS 10.12 Sierra




Mac OSX 10.11




Mac OSX 10.10




Mac OSX 10.9




Windows 10




Windows 8



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