BASS STATION II - hands on here !



( Via Peter Kirn @ http://createdigitalmusic.com )
Novation’s BassStation II, a US$500 street all-analog monosynth, is already big news. If Korg is bringing back the late 70s/early 80s sound in an analog keyboard, Novation is giving us the early 90s.
And since sound is what it’s really all about, we wanted to get a hands-on with the actual sounds of the BassStation II. I recorded directly from the line out on the BassStation (only a mixer in between), into Sonoma WireWorks’ GuitarJack Model 2 for iOS. (That interface, by the way, sounds and feels terrific.)
The BassStation II so far shows some serious promise, something that should work out to be a nice follow-up to the original. However, the two prototypes at Musikmesse were also really prototypes. Firmware is still unfinished, and it shows. Some features simply weren’t working at all, some caused unexpected behavior, and some knob ranges seemed they might still be tuned. Now that I’m personally involved with the development process of a hardware synth, I can tell you this stuff is pretty much part of the process – halfway through that process, not everything works.
But the analog innards of the BassStation II seem to be well along, and so the character of the synth comes through.
Experts at Novation played these sound samples for us live, choosing from presets, and then he and I twiddled with knobs. These are sound samples, not music making, in the hopes of giving you a sense of some of the range of the instrument’s timbres. I also asked Chris to go a little crazy (and did so ourselves) on the sounds for some of the more out-there noises you can coax from the instrument ... And especially for all those dubstep bass heavy honcho producers and nerds !

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THIS ARTICAL IS ACTUALLY FROM THE FUTURE. JUST BEFORE STUXNET COLLAPSED WITHIN ITS OWN SYSTEMS OF DOOM. NOVATION MADE IT !