Novation Bass Station Questions.

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Novation Bass Station Questions.

Post by CuBulo » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:27 pm

I saw some vids of it on youtube and I really like it. It is still available to buy anywhere? If so how much does it cost and where can I get it?
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Post by wiss » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:41 pm

They are no longer being made. There is also the basstation rack and super basstation rack. They usally sell anywhere from $200 to $500....
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Post by CuBulo » Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:48 pm

I am VERY VERY new to the synth world.
What does a rack do again?
Does it just plug into another keyboard or somting?
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Post by stephen » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:24 pm

Yep. It's a module without a keyboard, so you need a midi source to trigger it - keys, sequencer, etc etc.

The module fits into an equipment rack with other stuff - more synths, effects, and so on.
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Post by CuBulo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:10 am

Cool.
Does it need a rack to work.
If not I will save up my money to buy the bass station rack.
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Post by supermel74 » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:19 am

CuBulo wrote:Cool.
Does it need a rack to work.
If not I will save up my money to buy the bass station rack.
No, the rack is just a case. There's actually a guy selling a Bassstation rack over at Harmony Central KSS right now for $185 which is a pretty good price.

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Post by Solderman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:56 am

As stephen said, you need a Midi controller keyboard to use it, and although it helps to have a 19 inch rack to mount it in, it could lay flat somewhere and work fine, albeit easier to jostle around when you tweak the knobs.

The rack is actually a better product than the keyboard version because it has patch memory and CV/Gate to control another analog synth with. I've used the latter to control my SCI Pro~One, sending the Pro~One audio output to the BassStation audio input to get a much bigger sound.

Here's my audio demo of the rack version: http://67.18.24.4/~murmurbe/music/demos/BSR_Sounds.mp3
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Post by AstroDan » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:10 am

I would recommend the Bass Station keyboard.

With the rack, you'll need a controller keyboard, then you'll need a big nasty rat-fur covered rack to house the device, then a place to put the rack...next step is to lose interest because it's a pain in the a*s. :)

The Bass Station Keyboard is MIDI - so if you do decide to get into synths, you could use it to control the legions of cool rack modules available.

Just throwing out that tidbit; I had no f**k idea what MIDI was or what it did and learned it was no big mystery AT ALL.
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Post by crystalmsc » Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:18 am

Solderman wrote:The rack is actually a better product than the keyboard version because it has patch memory and CV/Gate to control another analog synth with.
+1, I'd opt for the rack for it's additional features.
Solderman wrote:Here's my audio demo of the rack version: http://67.18.24.4/~murmurbe/music/demos/BSR_Sounds.mp3
very nice demo of the synth.
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Post by JSRockit » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:32 am

Solderman wrote:The rack is actually a better product than the keyboard version because it has patch memory and CV/Gate to control another analog synth with.
The keyboard model has patch memory as well.
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Post by Solderman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:26 pm

JSRockit wrote:The keyboard model has patch memory as well.
My apologies, the keyboard version has 7 user patches, and the rack has 60.
crystalmsc wrote:very nice demo of the synth.
Much thanks! Jexus has a good one on his website too:
http://jexus.id.uw.edu.pl/WCOG_Novation ... tation.mp3
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Post by CuBulo » Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:44 pm

I would get the keyboard version but you really cant buy it anywhere. I realy like the rack version also.
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Post by th0mas » Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:48 pm

I can't vouch for the rack version, but the keyboard version has rather cheap build quality.

It doesn't feel like very sturdy, it's all plastic. It has the mountings to strap it on ala a keytar but if you did that I doubt the synth would last very long at all. If you're planning on placing it on your desk and keeping it there then you'd be safe.

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Post by Dane_Xoth » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:44 pm

Image

Keyboard and Rack.
Bend it to fit, Paint it to match.

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Post by CuBulo » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:06 am

Is anyone selling the keyboard version?
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