A-Station ... All things A-Station !

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blox electric
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A-Station ... All things A-Station !

The A-Station ! From when ? 2001 ish. I now have two of them in 2013.

I've hardly scratched the surface with these yet & that just goes to show that older stuff is still relevant !

They're pretty new to me.

If these little baby's keep ticking over

they will provide me with years of useful service. !

Packed with features & the only 1u rack synth i know of that offers so much hands-on editing straight on its faceplate. Awesome !

Anyone else a user of the A-Station ?

 

 

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RickJP909
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Hi, I'm a big user of one of these.  Mine's an original all blue version which had different firmware to yours & due to it not being in flash memory, I had to have it programmed by Novation but they did this for a small charge so I was happy.

Are you aware that units with the latest version (v2) of firmware are patch compatible with the V-Station?  That was the reason I got the firmware updated as the previous firmware isn't compatible.  That's great news as there are loads of sites online which have patches for the V-Station so these can all be loaded into the A-Station.

However, be aware that you can only load individual patches & not whole banks as the units aren't bank compatible.

I've downloaded loads of V-Station patches & they work a treat, giving the unit a new & modern lease of life!

I think these are fantastic units, now forgotten & grossly underrated & for the price they go for, a bargain to be had!

blox electric
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Agreed. I know there are a lot of other synths out there & they all offer different flavours, i just like the compact unit & direct editing. Value for money.

My only credible gripe is one that has been pointed out before. It's the 'original preset l.e.d dot' function. The dot goes off when you hit the original knob setting to let you know where the setting is BUT, it also goes out at every increment as you turn a knob before coming back on again. That means that you have to look through at 1 digit at a time until it stays off....Damn tedious. The answer i guess is to not be too precise & just not let it be a bother. Look for the work around !

Regarding the patches available, i'm not to bothered about getting those. The unit has so many tools onboard that i'm happy to programme my own patches as i want them. I've had an A-Station for a while now & still havn't got fluid with it yet. Now, i have added another one along side it & i've finally decided to take the time & get to know it. Should be a very interesting road to discovery !

 

RickJP909
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blox electric wrote:

My only credible gripe is one that has been pointed out before. It's the 'original preset l.e.d dot' function. The dot goes off when you hit the original knob setting to let you know where the setting is BUT, it also goes out at every increment as you turn a knob before coming back on again. That means that you have to look through at 1 digit at a time until it stays off....Damn tedious. The answer i guess is to not be too precise & just not let it be a bother. Look for the work around !

Oh wow!  I didn't even realise this.  I thought I'd read the manual but perhaps I missed this.  What a useful function for learning how preset patches are put together.

I suppose it is for this reason why forums are useful!

I agree completely with you as at current second-hand prices (approx £100), this unit is a steal as it's extremely powerful, is a true virtual analogue, has 3 oscillators, on-board effects & on that basis I feel a very underated synth!  Even in a world of VST synths, I think it's always worth having at least one real (hardware) synth to play around with & this unit is so flexible.

Thanks for sharing that really useful tip as I'll be using that feature quite a lot I expect!

 

blox electric
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Well, glad you found it helpful & in that sense it's a good thing then but i just wish they had done it the other way around as in, No light on until you turn the pot over the preset value & then the light would show instantly.

Korg did it with the electribes & every parameter can be monitored on screen with a small indicator that lights up & says 'Original Position' & it comes on intantly as you pass it or stop on it. I love that little detail because i can find my back during any point in a project.

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I have an A-Station! I think the most interesting things come out when you start to work on the effect section which unfortunately is managed mostly with the keyboard... among them i really like the distortion.