Hear Novation's Bass Station II in action!
Journey through the last 2 decades of electronic and dance music as we walk you through Novation's impressive "21 years of innovation" video. And it's your first chance to see the reworked for the 21st Century Bass Station II analogue synth before it ships!
(Just wanna hear the Bass Station II? Skip to 2:45.)
We just love the concept here. Novation have an incredible history of innovation, and how better to show it off than with a specially commissioned track that makes use of gear from different eras of their history?
Here's what we spotted:
'92 - '95:Bass Stations book-end the video, which opens with the familiar sounds of the 1993 synth over a beat from 1995's Drum Station. It's not just the gear that's from the nineties though; thanks to the never commercially produced MIDIcon (precursor to 1992's MM10) we've got some classic house piano and Prodigy-style breakbeats.
After a brief interlude from the Supernova (around 1:00 in), representing the new standards Novation set for polyphonic synthesis between '96 and '99, the 2000-2003 section continues with a K Station, KS Rack and Supernova 2.
2009: remember how amazing the Launchpad was when it first came out? It's no less impressive now as it pairs up with the Nocturn for a Daft Punk inspired upbeat section with the first vocals of the clip. (By the way, it's now available in white with a free case at a bargain price...)
At 2:12 into the video, it's truly the sound of 2010-2012 as the MiniNova gives us a nod to the darkness and tempo of that dreaded Marmite D-word...dubstep.
But finally at 2:45 you get what the entire video's been building up to: the latest crop of inNovation, with 2013's new Launchkey, Bass Station II and Launchpad S teaming up to pave the way for the next 21 years.