Novation has announced a firmware update for the Bass Station synthesizer instrument in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Novation Bass Station 2

To celebrate 25 years of Bass Station and thank you for your support, we’re releasing the Bass Station II v2.5 firmware update and giving away a Bass Station II 25th Anniversary Edition – one of five units made!

The v2.5 firmware update adds some of your most requested features including filter tracking, paraphonic mode, microtuning and new preset Soundpacks.

Changes in Bass Station v2.5 firmware

  • Paraphonic mode — 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 — The filter includes variable keyboard tracking in Bass Station II v2.5 – the best for matching higher notes to increased brightness.
  • 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.
  • Microtuning editing — Completely control the frequency triggered by each key press, giving your scales another dimension.
  • New presets — 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.

Novation is giving you the chance to win the limited edition monosynth by joining the Synth Owners Facebook group and liking the competition post until November 7th.

More information: Novation