Novation let us know about a free firmware update firmware update for the Bass Station II that adds paraphonic performance options and more.
Novation has developed a reputation for updating its gear, especially with their regular updates to the Circuit. The Bass Station II v2.5 firmware brings new features to a synth introduced 5 years ago, adding filter tracking, a paraphonic mode, microtuning, oscillator drift and new preset Soundpacks.
You can preview the new features in the videos below:
Here’s what they have to say about the updates:
Bass Station II is now a paraphonic monosynth, because you can control the pitches of each of the two oscillators separately in its single-voice architecture. Play two notes at a time rather than just one and get interesting interactions through the Ring and Filter Mod.
Filter tracking was one of the most requested features. The filter includes variable keyboard tracking in Bass Station II v2.5 – the best for matching higher notes to increased brightness.
Bass Station II’s secret sound-design weapon is envelope retriggering. It’s now possible to configure your envelopes to retrigger once the decay stage has ended, opening up a whole range of new possibilities.
Oscillator error introduces a small and adjustable random detune on each note-on event. This can be used to generate some very beautiful, subtle (or not) musical dissonance, very much in the same way that vintage synths do (because of the looser tolerance of their electronic components). Paraphonic mode makes it as dramatic as possible.
Completely control the frequency triggered by each key press, giving your scales another dimension.
Two new Soundpacks are in Components: Silver and Sinevibes. Silver’s presets explore the v2.5 features and inspire new tracks and sound design. Sinevibes, designed by Sinevibes’ founder Artemij Pavlov, gives 101 classic Bass Station II presets.
Warm greetings to you all
Bass Station II can now support a custom message display at start-up.
The update is available now at the Novation site.
In addition to the firmware update – they’re giving away a Bass Station II 25th Anniversary Edition via the Synth Owners Facebook group.