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Old 25-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

In this video I give my first impressions about the Novation Bass Station II.

This is the most amazing piece of gear I have ever bought. It has a velvety smooth keyboard with aftertouch. It has 2 oscillators, a sub oscillator and noise available. It will imitate (edit: it could never stand in for a real Moog!!!) everything from a Moog to a TB-303 with the acid filter and also has distortion and overdrive.

It is simply unbelievable for the price.


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Old 25-09-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

It's a great synth. The best mono I've owned and played.

Although I disagree that it can emulate a Moog - it sounds very different. Nothing sounds like Moog except for a Moog.

The BSII's sound is more generic, more bread and butter. It doesn't have a lot of character, which makes it perfect for a huge number of styles and sounds. It's a workorse.

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Old 25-09-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

god damn all these delicious reviews and videos....


Thanks Mason, enjoyed this new one from you : )

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Old 26-09-2013, 02:09 AM   #4
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

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It's a great synth. The best mono I've owned and played.

Although I disagree that it can emulate a Moog - it sounds very different. Nothing sounds like Moog except for a Moog.

The BSII's sound is more generic, more bread and butter. It doesn't have a lot of character, which makes it perfect for a huge number of styles and sounds. It's a workorse.
You are right! It doesn't "imitate" a Moog. I should not have been so enthusiastic as to suggest that, though patch 36 comes close to a Moog lead and when the sub osc, one notch of overdrive and one notch of distortion are added to Patch 36, it sounds a bit Moogy in the low end. Let's just say for what I paid the thing will do an amazing variety of sounds and leave it at that. I definitely am not going to drop $1,395 for the cheapest Moog with a keyboard.

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Old 26-09-2013, 02:13 AM   #5
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

Just so y'all know...decided to sell my mopho and another piece of gear to fund a BSII purchase :

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Old 26-09-2013, 02:26 AM   #6
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You are right! It doesn't "imitate" a Moog. I should not have been so enthusiastic as to suggest that, though patch 36 comes close to a Moog lead and when the sub osc, one notch of overdrive and one notch of distortion are added to Patch 36, it sounds a bit Moogy in the low end. Let's just say for what I paid the thing will do an amazing variety of sounds and leave it at that. I definitely am not going to drop $1,395 for the cheapest Moog with a keyboard.
For sure! For the price, nothing comes close, and if I had to sell one of mine synths, the Slim Phatty would go before the BSII - no questions asked.

I love the BSII - it's just amazing.

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Old 26-09-2013, 02:28 AM   #7
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Just so y'all know...decided to sell my mopho and another piece of gear to fund a BSII purchase :
You will not regret it. Not as many modulation options as the Mopho, and the architecture in general is simpler, but I feel that good results are more immediate.

It's also just a really musical mono synth.

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You will not regret it. Not as many modulation options as the Mopho, and the architecture in general is simpler, but I feel that good results are more immediate.

It's also just a really musical mono synth.
Honestly never really dove into the extra mod options the mopho offers ...I feel like the trade off will only be a benefit ...besides...not letting go of my filter factory and still planning to get an el capistan ..figure the trio of a bsii, el cap and filter factory will be a sweet sweet combo

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Old 26-09-2013, 01:32 PM   #9
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Just so y'all know...decided to sell my mopho and another piece of gear to fund a BSII purchase :
I have not had a Mopho but I think it is better than the Bass Station from what I can see! And polychained to the Tetra it would be awesome.

I would think your plan would be to add a Tetra!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 26-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #10
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

I've had both, and greatly prefer the BSII (sold the Mopho a long time ago). But then again, I'm not a fan of the DSI sound at all, and the interface on the Mopho is cumbersome at best, four-times as much on the Tetra - I can't even imagine programming that thing without software.

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Old 26-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #11
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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

A big reason for my thinking of the change is the unispiring menu diving. Its not bad on the mopho and I agree w D Davis...cant imagine doing it on the tetra. Maybe I can figure out a way to keep the mopho and still get the bssii.

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Re: Bass Station II - First Impressions and Song

Certain instruments inspire certain musicians, and the simple fact is that the BSII totally inspires me to create music. Every single time I sit down with it, I create something that I like, and it's always a pleasure to do so. I never hit anything that disrupts my creative flow - it's one of the most intuitive and robust modern synths I've used. Just the simple fact that you run MIDI in and it automatically finds and syncs to a master clock is something that I love. You don't have to set it to AUTO or INTERNAL or EXTERNAL - it just does what it's supposed to do, and this is all because of Novation's history with and expertise with MIDI and controllers.

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Old 26-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #13
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big up, good review and a great track I really enjoyed that

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I've had both, and greatly prefer the BSII (sold the Mopho a long time ago). But then again, I'm not a fan of the DSI sound at all, and the interface on the Mopho is cumbersome at best, four-times as much on the Tetra - I can't even imagine programming that thing without software.
I have often entertained the idea of the X4 hooked to a Tetra box. That would be 8 voices and less menu diving with knob per function.

I totally don't get the new Prophet 12 but that is another subject. If he simply added some FX and added a sub osc to the Prophet 08 I would have been all over that. But I detest the P12.

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I have often entertained the idea of the X4 hooked to a Tetra box. That would be 8 voices and less menu diving with knob per function.

I totally don't get the new Prophet 12 but that is another subject. If he simply added some FX and added a sub osc to the Prophet 08 I would have been all over that. But I detest the P12.
I know youd be missing the sub osc but why not just get a prophet08

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I know youd be missing the sub osc but why not just get a prophet08
Because I have seen the change that a sub osc does to a sound. And even the relatively cheap BSII has it! I would really love to have two Tetras instead because I don't care as much about the form factor as I do the sound. The only thing holding me back is the price. But the BSII I was not held back - such a value!

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Because I have seen the change that a sub osc does to a sound. And even the relatively cheap BSII has it! I would really love to have two Tetras instead because I don't care as much about the form factor as I do the sound. The only thing holding me back is the price. But the BSII I was not held back - such a value!
There is a difference...ive never been happy w a mopho patch that didnt use the subnosc two tetras w the software editor would be sweet.

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Here are some more examples of the BSII - patches I've made/modified


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Here are some more examples of the BSII - patches I've made/modified

You got an amazing variety out of it. Your first patch is astounding. I love it.

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Loved your tune Mason - what a fun new toy.

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