I purchased this in the hope that it would replace my hardware Bass station rack. My very first impression was that it did indeed sound like a BS. 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.
Reviewed By dj ray [read all by] on 7th November 2005 Version reviewed: 1 on Windows. Last edited by dj ray on 7th November 2005.
Once again, Novation make all us classic gear hunter’s dreams come true with a reincarnated software version of their dinky, yet much loved Bassstation synth. For anyone that’s used the real deal, this puppy is identical in terms of sound and layout, even down to being able to load up original ‘Station presets. Yes it’s monophonic, but hey, it’s called a BASS station for a reason. If its analog style basses you’re after, this does the job and then some. From Moog to 303, the 'station makes all sorts of vintage bass noises, and what noises! You get warmth, you get presence, and you get filth! Everything one could want from a bass synth! Leads and FX are also well catered for, and if you can’t find what you are looking for in the presets, it’s a cinch to cook up your own using the ‘vintage’ interface. The best thing Novation have done however, is make this a supremely CPU efficient little plug! I mean you can load up a whole bunch of these babies with hardly a dent in the system. This can easily become your main bass workhorse, and is destined to become a classic in its own right!
i had a basstation and SOLD it! ...why....because the software sounds the same as the hardware unit. even the presets sound the same. actually its clearer and of coarse its has no noise. To be honest its sounds better. So to put...the software version is an upgrade...well done novation...and the V-station is comprible