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.
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, for a massive variation in sonic possibilities.
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 soundpack.
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.
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 din ports, 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 24dB 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.
Get your hands on loads of controls, cleverly arranged for intuitive patch design and sound editing.
Triangle, sawtooth 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.
Full sized 25-note) velocity-sensitive keyboard, with a fast synth-action and aftertouch.
Store unlimited sounds
Keep as many patches as you like on your Mac or PC using the Librarian Software.
Product Hardware Specifications
Hardware & controller assignment
25 note synth-action keyboard
Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate:
LFO 1to Osc pitch
Osc 2 speed
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 for storing more)
Master volume dial
Inputs and Outputs
USB MIDI (for connecting & powering Bass Station 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
Sub Osc (3)
Osc 1 & 2
Select between waveforms:
square/variable pulse width
Sync 1 & 2
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:
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:
Two ADSR Envelopes (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)
Combined control of both Envelopes
Select triggering mode between:
Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)
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 delay time
Key sync LFO 1 & 2
LFO slew on LFO 1& 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)
Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)
Up to 32 different patterns
Select between 1-4 octave range
up / down 1
up / down 2
Latch (hold the arpeggiator)
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
USB bus powered
9V DC power supply included
Maximum power consumption 9V DC 300mA
457mm (18”) width x 273mm (10.75”) depth x 76mm (3”) height