Novation AFX Station - Limited Edition Bass Station II

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Limited edition of the modern classic Bass Station II monosynth designed in close partnership with Richard D. James. AFX Station is a visually breathtaking powerhouse of a monosynth: certain to become a collector’s item. Down to our last couple of units.

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Manufacturer: Novation

Category: Electronic Instruments



Designed in collaboration with electronic music legend Richard D James aka Aphex Twin, AFX Station is an all-new limited edition of the Novation Bass Station II.

In addition to all standard functions of Bass Station II — the powerful two-oscillator analogue monosynth with dual-mode filters, modulation, effects, step sequencing and more — AFX Station also features:

  • New, Aphex Twin-approved look
    Stark new design with striking purple reveals and the famous ‘A’ insignia — not just an amazing synth but an instant collector’s item. Interface labels provide easy access to AFX Mode functions.
  • Limited edition giftbox
    Designed by long-time Aphex Twin collaborator Weirdcore, the giftbox features custom artwork on the inside and outside with a matte finish and high-quality gloss highlights.
  • Brand new artist patches
    128 new synth patches and seven new overlay banks from Noyze Lab, Perplex On, Richard Devine, r beny and Lightbath channel the creative vision of Aphex Twin.
  • Overlay Editor in Novation Components
    New editor in Novation Components allows full control over managing overlays.

AFX Rerub Of A Modern Classic
Novation AFX Station is the perfect marriage of digital control with incredible analogue synthesis inside an already phenomenal, classic modern monosynth. The new limited edition comes pre-installed with all the features of firmware v4.14, including fixed-duration envelopes, extended sub oscillator controls, oscillator glide diverge and the much-acclaimed AFX Mode, which has been available to existing Bass Station II customers as a special firmware update. Custom silkscreening on the product indicates the functions unique to AFX Mode.

AFX Mode
AFX Mode was conceived by Aphex Twin himself, to turn Bass Station II into a sound designer’s dream. When in AFX Mode, every key on the instrument becomes a new patch, revolutionising the way Bass Station II can be played. With a completely different sound on every key, the instrument transforms into a hugely powerful analogue drum module, a sound design beast, or a killer bass or lead machine. Whether playing, sequencing or using the arpeggiator, AFX Mode brings a huge sense of creative character to users’ musical creations. Labels for AFX Mode functions indicate how to unleash the potential of the new features.

A sound designer’s dream
Alongside the powerful features of Bass Station II, AFX Station revolutionises the way the monosynth can be played and programmed. Perfect for sequencing and arpeggiation, every key on the instrument can become a new patch, making it a powerful analogue drum module, a flexible sound design tool, or a killer bass or lead machine. With striking purple reveals and the famous ‘A’ insignia, it’ll also take pride of place in any synth lover’s studio.

Key Features of v4.14 Firmware, pre-installed on Bass Station II AFX Special Edition:

  • Fixed-duration Envelopes & Retrigger Counts
    Envelopes can be set to a fixed length, so the decay stage is taken out of play, and the Decay slider instead sets the duration of the Sustain stage. The number of times the envelopes retrigger can be adjusted, to bring more control for drum synthesis.
  • Extended Sub Oscillator Controls
    The sub-oscillator follows the pitch of Oscillator 1, and can be detuned using the Coarse and Fine controls, so the sub can be tuned to any non-octave-tracking interval you like, for subtle or dramatic creative effect.
  • Oscillator Glide Diverge
    Oscillator Glide Diverge allows the Glide time of Oscillator 2 to be slowed down relative to Oscillator 1 by a variable amount, causing the two to diverge for interesting portamento effects, for adding thickness and character to basslines, pads and leads.
  • Microtuning Editing
    The frequency triggered by each key press can be completely controlled, giving scales another dimension.
  • Paraphonic mode
    The pitches of each of the two oscillators can be controlled separately in its single-voice architecture. Two notes can be played at a time rather than just one, and users can get interesting interactions through the Ring and Filter Mod.

Enjoy three years of warranty
Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a three-year warranty if any Novation hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault.

Included Software

  • Access to the Sound Collective
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • 4GB Loopmasters
  • Free Melodics lessons

In the box

  • AFX Station synthesizer
  • DC power supply unit (PSU)
  • USB cable (USB A to USB B)
  • Getting Started Guide



Product Hardware Specifications

Hardware & controller assignment

  • 25 note synth-action keyboard

  • Aftertouch can be assigned to modulate:

    • Filter frequency

    • LFO 1to Osc pitch

    • Osc 2 speed

  • Pitch wheel

  • Modulation wheel can be assigned to:

    • LFO 2 to filter frequency

    • LFO 1 to Osc pitch

    • Osc 2 pitch

  • Octave up/ down buttons

  • New se64 factory presets

  • 64 slots for user patches (and patch dump facility for storing more)

  • Master volume dial

Inputs and Outputs

  • USB MIDI (for connecting & powering Bass Station II via host computer)

  • Mono output on 1/4" TRS jack

  • Headphone output on 1/4" TRS jack

  • External input on 1/4" TRS jack

  • Sustain pedal input on 1/4" TS jack

  • MIDI IN / MIDI OUT ports on 5 pin din

  • DC power input

  • Switch between power off / DC powered / bus powered

Synth Engine


  • Osc 1

  • Osc 2

  • Sub Osc (3)

  • Noise generator

Osc 1 & 2

Select between waveforms:

  • Sine

  • Triangle

  • Sawtooth

  • Square/variable pulse width


  • Sync 1 & 2

  • Detune

  • Octave range

  • Pitch bend

  • Pitch modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 1

  • Pulse width modulation from Mod Envelope and/or LFO 2

Sub Osc (3) which is tracked to Osc 1

Select independently between waveforms:

  • Sine

  • Square

  • Narrow pulse


  • All modulation and tuning tracked to Osc 1

  • Independent octave select


  • Osc 1 level

  • Osc 2 level

  • Sub Osc level

  • Noise generator level

  • Ring modulation depth

  • External signal level


Two filter types

  • Acid type (diode ladder filter design)

  • Classic type (derived from original Bass Station)


  • Cutoff

  • Resonance

  • Overdrive

  • Filter frequency to Mod Envelope depth

  • Filter frequency to LFO 2 depth

Select 'Classic' filter between:

  • Low pass

  • Band pass

  • High pass

  • 12dB slope

  • 24dB slope


Two ADSR Envelopes (Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release)

  • Amp Envelope

  • Mod Envelope

  • Combined control of both Envelopes

Select triggering mode between:

  • Single trigger (holds envelope state when new note is played)

  • Multi trigger (re-triggers with every new note played)

  • Autoglide (engages portamento) 

  • VCA limiter


Two LFOs each selectable between:

  • Triangle

  • Sawtooth

  • Square

  • Sample and hold

  • Both LFOs independently adjustable between rate and delay time

  • Key sync LFO 1 & 2

  • LFO slew on LFO 1& 2 (low pass filter on the LFO waveform)


  • Distortion send

  • Oscillator filter mod amount (FM effect created by Oscillator 2 modulating filter freq)

Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator


  • Up to 32 different patterns

  • Select between 1-4 octave range

  • Swing function

  • Select direction:

    • Up

    • Down

    • Up / down 1

    • Up / down 2

    • As played

    • Random

  • Latch (hold the arpeggiator)

Step Sequencer

  • Up to four sequences

  • Assign one of 32 preset rhythms or create your own

  • Insert rests or legato (slide)

  • Sequencer re-trigger function


  • Adjust glide time

  • Single trigger or re-trigger modes

  • Integrate into step sequencer and arpeggiator