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Novation teams up with Aphex Twin to release the AFX Station

Novation has introduced the AFX station, a limited edition version of their Bass Station 2 designed in collaboration with Aphex Twin.

Synth company Novation has teamed up with Aphex Twin to release the AFX station, a limited edition version of their Bass Station 2.

The result of their collaboration was an ‘AFX mode’ that was released last year as a firmware update for the Bass Station 2. Novation is now releasing the AFX station as a standalone version with an updated design.

AFX Station
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The pre-installed AFX mode allows you have a set of synthesis parameters mapped to each individual note on the keyboard. The synthesis can be tweaked versions of an existing patch, or completely different sounds (like a drum kit). The update also adds fixed duration envelopes, extended sub-oscillator control, oscillator glide diverge, and envelope retrigger count to the synthesis capabilities.

The overall design is the biggest update, but it’s not only an aesthetic change. The labels have been completely revamped for more straightforward use of the AFX mode. The overall look of the synth is darker, Novation opting for a black and white colour palette, with some purple highlights.

While not a whole lot has changed from the existing Bass Station 2, the new layout makes using the AFX mode more intuitive, making it the definitive version of the popular synth.

Read more about the AFX Station on the Novation website.