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Novation launched the original Bass Station in 1993 and it became an instant favourite. Its digital oscillators and analogue filter defined countless dance and electronic hits of the 1990s.
Now a classic, its available as a software plug-in that has been carefully modelled to recreate the distinctive analogue-digital character of the original.
- Two Oscillators that have been carefully modelled to preserve the precise tonal character of the classic sawtooth and square waveforms of the original instruments.
- 12/24 dB Low-pass filter with all the warmth and resonance often lacking in today's modern digital synthesis methods.
- Intuitive ADSR envelopes.
- Low Frequency Oscillation which can directly control the harmonic content of the sound by pulse width modulation or filter cut-off.
- Oscillator Sync for the most complex and expressive timbres.
- Enhanced Classic panel for greater tweakability:
The original front panel has been 3D modelled and additional controls have been added for ease of use. The Filter envelope has its own set of ADSR controls and OSC1 and OSC2 have their own section for pitch modulation and PWM control.
- All controls receive MIDI controller numbers for the recording and replay of tweaks during a performance.
- 100 "Stunning" Sounds carefully crafted from the Novation factory.
The Bass Station Plug-In is shipped with the classic originals along with many more totaling 100 sounds for immediate gratification. The patches cover a huge sonic range from screaming leads to phatt funky basses.
- Sounds created in original Bass Stations can be uploaded into Plug In or vice-versa.
- On screen dynamic velocity responsive keyboard. (Mouse position determines velocity).
Reviewed By bluey s
November 9, 2005
The dissapointment came when I loaded some sysex patches from my songs and sustituted the plugin for the real thing. The patches sounded quite similar but not quite right.
As a test i began creating patches on the hardware and then transfering to the plugin. They were never quite right. I thought it might be the transfer process, so I tried to manually create the same patch on the hardware and Plugin. It was never quite right. Static patches with no movement were close enough. Dynamic patches sounded much better on the hardware (I have had my BS for 9 years so am very familiar with the sound and programming).
When you sweep the filter on the hardware the sound passes through various timbral changes that give you that goose bump effect. The plugin is linear and lacks the organic beauty of the original.
I would say without hesitation that the plugin is clearly an inferior sound source to the original.
I am not nit picking either, the difference is clearly audible and if the original had sounded like this I don't think it would have reached the classic status that it enjoys.
It has it's uses but is a not so close second place to the original.Read more
Reviewed By dj ray
November 7, 2005
Reviewed By bandasound
February 4, 2004