Novation have injected the Bass Station II with a healthy dose of Aphex acid.
Anything sporting the name of IDM superstar Richard D James, aka Aphex Twin, aka AFX, is likely to get a lot of attention in synth circles. Novation got quite the scoop back in 2019 when they updated the original Bass Station II synth with ‘AFX Mode’ as a free software update for all users. They also added a slew of other new features since the Bass Station II’s original release back in 2013.
This new limited edition AFX Station is in reality a Bass Station II with the same AFX software update plus a new look, but as we haven’t covered the Bass Station II since Paul Nagle’s original review back in September 2013, we thought we’d see if the AFX Station, or indeed the original Bass Station II with all its new features, still competes in 2020.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Bass Station II, I will refer you back to Paul’s original SOS September 2013 review for the gritty details. In a nutshell, it’s a two‑oscillator analogue monosynth. The audio signal path is all analogue, but the modulators are digital. There are two filters, two LFOs, two envelopes, an arpeggiator, a sequencer and 127 preset slots. Round the back you find: MIDI In/Out on 5‑pin DIN, a sustain pedal input, an external audio input, a mono line output and a headphone output. Lastly, there’s a USB...