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Novation D-Station Review

For taking up only one rack of space, the Novation D

  • Station delivers some big sound!

  • For taking up only one rack of space, the Novation D

  • Station delivers some big sound! The D
  • Station has all the sounds you need from the old-school Roland 808 and 909 drum machines, but instead of just playing a sample of those boxes, the D
  • Station recreates the sounds with its synth engine, and allows you to tweak the sounds in real time with a jamboree of knobs!

    [b]Versatile Sounds[/b]
    I played with the D

  • Station for a week and came up with 2 little demo songs, one techno track, and one hip-hop track, so I could explore both avenues this box would be suited for. I found it to be great for both, but probably best for the techno-heads.

    [b]Features[/b]
    My favorite features were the direct outs, and the over-drive. The direct-outs are great, because than you can route individual drum sounds to different channels on a mixer for more processing, or even better, multi-track your drum patterns in one pass instead of having to record each drum separately over multiple passes with other drum machines. As for the over-drive, the best part about it was that you had individual control over each drum as to how much distortion you got. I would have liked a little more distortion to it, but with the direct outs, you can always run it through a guitar pedal or something.

    [b]In Conclusion[/b]
    Overall, the D

  • Station is a great unit, and everything on it sends MIDI out, so with the knobs, you can sequence your knob movements on your computer. Definitely something to add to your arsenal!
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