Applies to: Bass Station II, AFX Station
Components can manage the content stored on Bass Station II; the Patch Banks, AFX Mode Overlays, Startup Message and Tuning Tables.
It can also be used to create your own synth patches and MIDI templates for the MIDI tracks.
While it is possible to use Components without Bass Station II connected, this guide will assume there is one connected. It will also assume you are logged in.
If using a browser, you may need to allow the page access to your MIDI devices, as prompted when first loading the page:
When you first open Components and select Bass Station II you'll be greeted with the Banks screen.
This screen shows the Patch Banks (Novation and your own saved content) as well as gives you options to build your own bank of patches, upload a bank of patches, and - if a unit is connected - allow you to retrieve patches from the Bass Station II.
The green indicator in the top right corner shows that a unit is connected, and is ready to use with Components.
A red indicator means that the unit is not recognised by Components. This may be because the unit is not connected, powered or you may be using a browser that does not support Web MIDI (be sure to use something like Chrome or Opera). If the issue persists please contact our support team.
If the unit is connected the Banks down the right-hand side can be sent to the Bass Station II. You can click each bank for more information:
You can also click "Expand" to see the full list of patches. If a Bass Station II is connected, you'll be able to click the speaker icon to hear the patch from the Bass Station II's audio outputs. Clicking this also loads the patch on the unit (without wiping a stored patch) so you can give it a full demo on the unit (and save it to the unit, if desired).
If "Get Bank from Bass Station II" is selected you'll see a message as Components receives the patches:
You'll then see a list of patches from the unit, with the options to rename, preview, send, replace, download or clear the patch from the Bank.
Note that making changes here will not affect what is stored on the unit until using the "Send to Bass Station II" button.
AFX Mode is the feature that allows a patch per key to be used, the patches themselves are pulled from Overlays. Components allows you to manage the 8 Overlay slots on your Bass Station II. You can read more about AFX Mode here.
As seen with banks, the first option will be to determine where to retrieve the Overlay bank from:
In this case, a new Overlay bank has been made. This means there are currently no patches stored on each key:
You can either drag a patch from the banks section down the left hand side:
Once a patch is loaded into the Overlay you'll be able to access a number of settings for the Overlay. These parameters aren't the only ones used in an Overlay, they're a selection of parameters that you'll likely want to vary across your Overlay.
If your Bass Station II is connected you can use "Live Edit" to have your Overlay settings sent to the unit in the selected Overlay slot. This is also an easy way to get the currently selected patch on the unit into an Overlay: click an empty slot and change a control in the editor on the right-hand side to put this patch into an Overlay slot:
For each slot, you can download or copy the Overlay contained.
The "Autostep" button can be used to trigger each of the 25 Overlay slots in order on the Bass Station II. You can set the tempo that they come out at. This is useful for sampling the sounds in the Overlay (note that an audio connection to the Bass Station II will be needed to hear this).
The Startup Message page is used to set the message displayed on the Bass Station II when it is first powered on.
The tuning tables on the Bass Station II allow the keyboard to be re-tuned outside of conventional western tuning. The Bass Station II can store 8 different tuning tables.
You can upload a Tuning Table onto this page and set the reference pitch as needed to send to one of the tuning slots:
You can find a link to ready-made tuning tables from a third party site on this page as well.