Novation Bass Station II Analog Synthesizer

25-key Analog Synthesizer with Two Filter Types, Two Oscillators, One Sub-oscillator, Pattern-based Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator, and Aftertouch
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After Two Decades, the Bass Station is Back

The Novation Bass Station II 25-key monophonic analog synthesizer is a powerful reminder of Novation's legacy of synth prowess. As the name implies, the Bass Station II is primed for gut-grabbing bass sounds, employing two oscillators plus a sub-oscillator for foundation-shaking sonics. You'll find it's primed for leads and hypnotic arpeggiations too, and you can seriously mangle your sounds in real-time with distortion and FM effects. With an array of hands-on controls and a huge analog sound, you'll be inspired as soon as you get your hands on the Novation Bass Station II.

Novation Bass Station II 25-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • The right ingredients for epic, expressive sounds
  • Get creative with built-in arpeggiator and step sequencer
  • Two filter designs for two very distinct sounds
The right ingredients for epic, expressive sounds

While the Bass Station II packs the bread-and-butter synthesis controls to create a wide range of leads, pads, and effects, it's primed for heavy-hitting bass. Two main oscillators can be hard-synced for tighter, more punchy tones. And a sub-oscillator is on hand to fill out the bottom end. And because its 25-note keyboard supports aftertouch, you'll find it easy to really put some expression in your performances.

Get creative with a built-in arpeggiator and step sequencer

When you switch on the Bass Station II's arpeggiator you can choose from 32 different rhythmic patterns in different directions, with control over the octave range. You can also play up to four of your own patterns into the step sequencer, and play them back using one of the 32 rhythms. The step sequencer records legato and rests too, so you can create more expressive sequences on the fly than you can with simple note on/off sequencers found on some synths.

Two filter designs for two very distinct sounds

The Bass Station II packs two discrete filter designs, each with an overdrive circuit for seriously distorted tones. The "Classic" filter is based on the original Bass Station synth, giving you LPF, HPF, and BPF modes. The "Acid" filter is a diode ladder design that can get very squelchy - think 303 and you've got the idea.

Novation Bass Station II 25-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Features:
  • Monophonic analog synthesizer keyboard primed for huge bass sounds
  • Two discrete filter designs give you two distinct flavors to create your sounds
  • Dual oscillators can be hard-synced for tighter, punchier bass
  • Sub-oscillator with square, sine, and narrow pulse-width waveforms adds rich, full low end
  • Dedicated knobs and faders, and aftertouch allow for very expressive performances
  • 64 factory presets, 64 user slots
  • Built-in arpeggiator and step sequencer with 32 different rhythmic patterns
  • "LFO Slew" feature lets you distort the LFO waveforms for more modulation possibilities
  • External input for processing line-level audio signals
  • Powered by AC or USB bus power
The Novation Bass Station II is a versatile synth for bass, leads, and more!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Synth Action, Aftertouch
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony Monophonic
Number of Presets 64
Number of Effects 2
Effects Types Distortion, Oscillator FM
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x TRS
Audio Outputs 2 x TRS, 1 x Headphones
USB 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
Power Supply AC/USB
Height 2.5"
Width 18"
Depth 10.625"
Manufacturer Part Number NOVSYNTH03ULJP

Customer Reviews

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Great Synth for 80s New wave music

I love this thing, just received it and can't stop messing with all the knobs. I also own the Waldorf Blofeld, Roland Juno GI, Novation Moroder Mini Nova, and Korg electribe. Had the Micro Brute but found it boring and limited. If you want a MOOG Rogue or Realistic MG, at the price of $399.00 then get this thing, unbelievable. I love MOOG but they are a bit out of my price range for now. Very simple to navigate, love the arpeggiator function. I personally love the Human League, Gary Numan, OMD, New Order, The Cure, Kraftwerk and all the Techno Pop of the eighties. Highly recommend for the price. Great for all types of electronic music. You won't be disappointed.

Solid Analog Synthesizer

The BS2 is a really nice synthesizer regardless of price. You've got two oscillators + sub with all the standard analog waveforms along with sinewave -- which often is left out on many analog synthesizers. This is especially nice since you can FM the filter with OSC 2. The BS2 has plenty of functionality with 2 LFOs that go well up into the audio range and 2 EGs that sadly share the same set of sliders. This isn't too annoying though as you can set them to control the VCA and VCF at the same time if you want. The interface may not be WYSIWYG, but there's more than enough knobs to satisfy. Furthermore, the point of this design, with some knobs sharing features, is to keep the unit compact. It's a great size and fits nicely on my desk. I love that it has full size keys which feel really good and don't mind the two octaves. The best point for me is the inclusion of a diode filter, which is one of my favorite kind of filters. I love that sound. The BS2 is great for performance with aftertouch, autoglide -- which is a treat, and the standard pitch and mod wheel. A fantastic synth!

Love it!!!

I had no experience with synthesizers and within a week I was making my own sounds. Good sounds too, our band ended up using a few of them on our debut EP. The presets are great as well. You cannot go wrong with this synth, it is amazing!!! Buy it!!!
Music background: Songwriter

Quite possibly the best synth for the price

After poring through online reviews, videos, and suggestions from gear sites, all signs pointed to the Bass Station as THE BEST analog synth at the price range. I am now in complete agreement. After three months with it, I have easily integrated it into my live setup and love how it combines dedicated knobs and controls with digital memory to be able to save presets. Dialing in sounds is intuitive and easy. I love that each preset parameter has a simple guide to point you back toward the original value if you get lost tweaking, and you definitely will. It's made of sturdy plastic, the knobs and keys feel great, the sequencer and arpeggiator are awesome, and it sounds AMAZING. I was torn between the Bass Station and the MS-20 Mini as my first analog synth, but the ability to save presets and access them quickly was what settled it. I still look forward to getting that MS-20 Mini, but I have plenty of analog goodness to occupy my time until then. With Sweetwater's 3 easy payment plan, I am happy to say my first analog synth purchase was an overall excellent experience.
Music background: Singer/songwriter/minimal wave enthusiast

Soon to be a Classic

I've had this synth for around a year now. I'll admit, with the convenience of plug-ins, I use this a little less than I should, but there is no comparison between software and a true analogue synth. This has heart and soul, and little imperfections in it's sound which really give it the 'musicality' that plug-ins lack. The basses are deeper, it has soaring highs perfect for leads, and everything in between. This was my first analogue synthesizer (I've since added a few to the collection), and it is an incredible starting point for anyone looking to step out of the computer realm, as well as an excellent addition for the seasoned user. For the price, I'd say this is top of it's class, only rivaled by the Korg MS-20mini (another fantastic option, in my humble opinion). Don't hesitate, it's worth the space on your desk!
Music background: Producer/DJ/Guitarist/Sound Designer

Sweetwater Advice

Jon Faloon

I purchased the Novation BassStation II and was immediately impressed with its wide array of sounds and creative nuances. I also found it to be incredibly intuitive and organized in a way that made it easy to make changes on the fly. The built-in arpeggiator and step sequencer are the best I've used to date, and this is definitely my go-to synthesizer when I play live with other musicians or when I record leads or bass sounds in the studio.

Shelby Strunk

Having an extensive background in live sound and recording, for me, the sound is the most important part of any instrument, and this synthesizer impressed me right out of the gate. After diving into the Novation Bass Station II's extensive functions, I found the sound-creation possibilities virtually limitless. It's everything I look for in a synth!

Bart Good

I own the Novation Bass Station II, and continue to be amazed by how nice the patches are. I've never encountered such an easy-to-use and amazing-sounding analog synth for so little money! Also, this is not just for bass sounds - there are plenty of sounds that can be used for lead and melody as well. It always triggers my inspiration and creativity, which is such an important attribute for a musical instrument to have.

Carson McClain

This is a completely different beast than the original Novation Bass Station, having been designed for today's desktop production and live performance. If classic 80s and 90s sounds are what you're looking for, this is a bargain!

Chris Nunley

Having the Bass Station II in my studio is a must! The bass sounds can be modified to fit any genre of music, the lead sounds can tear through any mix, and the arpeggiator is the easiest I have ever used, making live performance a breeze. Just dial in your sound or preset and select record. This synth is a great tool to have, not only for electronic musicians but for any band or songwriter looking to enhance their sound.
See also: Novation, Novation Synths / Modules