Novation has discontinued the V-Station and Bass Station Synthesizer plugins and made them available as a free download.
The lifetime of plugins always depends primarily on how long a developer offers support for them. In the last few weeks and months, many companies have decided to release discontinued aka legacy plugins as a free download.
After Audio Damage and ToneBoosters, Novation has now released its old plugins as free downloads.
Novation V-Station Bass Station Free Download
The V-Station is an 8-voice polyphonic Synthesizer plugin that uses three oscillators ported from the K-Station hardware Synthesizer. These offer multiple waveforms, FM as well as ring modulation.
Then, they are followed by a rich filter and a versatile Novation effects section. The latter includes reverb, chorus, phaser, delay, panning, distortion, and EQ. The V-Station plugin ships with 200 factory presets and 400 available user programs.
The second plugin is Bass Station which is a recreation of the classic Bass Station analog Synthesizer from 1993. The developers have carefully modeled the engine to maintain the distinct character of the iconic original unit.
It features two oscillators with sawtooth and square waveforms, oscillator sync, and a classic ladder filter with 12/24 dB lowpass characteristics. On the modulation side, you get easily routable LFOs for parameter modulations (PWM, filter cutoff…) as well as an ADSR envelope. The filter has its own filter envelope with its own set of ADSR controls.
Further, Bass Station plugin ships with 100 new sounds from warm deep basses to screaming leads. Both plugins are nice virtual instruments with good feature sets. If you are looking for the classic Novation sound, you get the opportunity to use it in your DAW for free.
Novation V-Station and Bass Stations are available now as a free download. They run as a VST and AU plugin on macOS (10.14 with Intel only) and Windows. Attention, the developers don’t offer Apple M1 support and you need to try if they work on your system. The plugins can be downloaded from the support site.
Update: It seems that the plugins don’t run equally well in all DAWs and systems. It’s more of a trial and error thing. I tried them on my Mac M1 with Ableton Live 11.2 and they don’t work.
More information here: Novation