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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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REENO a professional user from NEW YORK CITY, USA writes:
I had one of these about 8 years ago, and sold it after 5 months of use. Flimsy keyboard, plastic construction, very casio-like. The knobs are cheap, and feel that way. the sound is quite thin and cheezey...not fat and gritty/warm like a Moog or Prophet-5 (or ANY classic analog for that matter) My moog source is fatter sounding than 10 of these basstation things firing away in unison..believe it. Novation went on to produce the Nova/Supernova series of synths, which are top of the line, professional quality units, and sound much warmer and fatter than the basstation ever did.'s an overrated, over-hyped plastic piece of krap.


Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-24-2009 at 13:53
M-Dee a hobbyist user from Wales writes:
These are in my opinion the pros & cons of owning a bass station rack.


1)Does a good job at emulating a 303 and more 2)It is a cheap synth to get 3)It got a midi to CV gate for your older analogue stuff to control. Hook up that sh101... 4)A wealth of midi control 5)Will the soft synth version still work on your computer in say 5 years time 6)Its sounds have been used on countless records

cons; 1)Does anyone want to emulate a 303 sound now? It's not very original and rebirth software does it better with that sequencer! 2)It's monophonic 3)No effects means you have to fork out more cash to get those delay and distored 303 lines 4)You need to gate it. Turning up the signal on you desk for quieter patches reveals a faint hum emitting from the unit 5)There is a soft synth version now with more features 6)Its sounds have been used on countless records

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-03-2005 at 08:13
The waldorf pulse will give you more for your dollar.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-25-2004 at 22:40
Bazziman a hobbyist user writes:
I have lusted for one of these ever since they came out, but their new price was kinda steep for my student allowence. ;)

After scouting about the 2nd hand market (rather hard to find, that tells you something about their value) I finally got one for a decent price: it arrived with one key broken though, and I broke 2 others, but after email to Novation I got those for free from th UK. Great service eh?

Well the machine is one of my favorite pieces of gear: the basses are wicked, the leads are really nice and need a tad bit of delay and or verb to really shine. The key's and knobs are not the 'toughest' in my set (they're standard Fatar keys, like in the An1x). My only gripe is that I doesn't have one more filtertype (18db) or something wild like 'sync' or a subosc (I have the KB, I could also use a few more memory locations.)

At any rate, tt's a keeper and one of those few machines that will AID your creativity. It's immediate, fun, and packs a lot of excellent sounds.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-13-2003 at 15:54
Robert Schofield a professional user from UK writes:
Anyone looking for any "emulation" of a 303 is a sad and lame studio equipment user. If you want a 303 BUY ONE.

This unit should be judged for it's own abilities and performance rather than comparison to an old piece of equipment.

I picked a rack version up for £50 and was immediately impressed, a wonderful array of bass and lead heavy synth sounds, a use to any type of music production.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-31-2003 at 18:40
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