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Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller
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The Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller combines a first-class 25-key keyboard, killer sounds, MIDI control, a MIDI interface, and mouthwatering ef...Read More
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The centerpiece of your dream workstation!
The Novation X-Station 25 MIDI Controller combines a first-class 25-key keyboard, killer sounds, MIDI control, a MIDI interface, and mouthwatering effects in a compact, portable controller that can be powered with USB or batteries.
The Novation X-Station employs a premium-class mechanism with semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. Even novice piano players will instantly feel the difference! Aftertouch, a joystick, and the assignable X/Y touch pad controller provide you with extra dimensions of expression for your performances.
Audio and MIDI Interfaces
Novation X-Station includes a fully featured audio interface with 2 phantom-powered, high-quality converters, 2 Neutrik combined XLR and 1/4" inputs, digital S/PDIF out, plus much more. The X-Station's dedicated headphone and monitoring connections with separate controls even allow you to work without a mixer. The MIDI controller's onboard DSP effects processor provides instant, zero-latency multi-effects for monitoring or recording applications. Each of the X-Station's audio channels has its own effects chain. You can even record audio with effects on one channel and use the synthesizer on the second at the same time. On top of that, the Novation X-Station also has a MIDI interface for integrating external MIDI gear.
The fully featured hardware synthesizer also runs on the unique X-Station hardware thanks to its powerful DSP processor. The X-Station's 3-oscillator virtual analog synthesizer is based on the renowned Novation KS series and is 8-voice polyphonic. The extensive control interface provides instant access to all key parameters, making this Novation MIDI keyboard controller ideal for live performances.
No cables are necessary as the synth is fully integrated: The stereo audio output is sent straight through the USB cable onto the track in your sequencer via ASIO!
The Novation X-Station keyboard controller provides 2 channels of onboard multi-effects. Up to 6 effects may be used simultaneously on each channel. The palette includes chorus, delay, reverb distortion, EQ, and even a compressor. The X-Station's effects can be routed for monitoring only (for example, giving the singer some reverb while recording) or for recording (for example recording a guitar with chorus). Thanks to the X-Station's unique design, synthesizer and effects for incoming audio can even be used at the same time!
Direct Remote Control
Want a first class remote control for sequencer functions? Need a hardware surface for your VST instruments? Would you like to remotely control other hardware from one surface? The Novation X-Station MIDI controller provides the solution for controlling your Access Virus or Propellerhead Reason.
The X-Station offers a total of 55 assignable physical controls, including 3 encoders, 16 pots, 9 sliders, and 22 buttons. And that doesn't include the dedicated controls in the audio section. A template can have up to a massive 150 virtual controls in total using the shift functions!
Tired Of Wires?
The Novation X-Station only needs one for everything -- the USB cable. That's it. Even power is provided via USB or batteries (whenever desired)! So if you really want to make your recordings on the beach - take your laptop, X-Station, and enjoy the sun as inspiration. But don't say we didn't warn you about the sunburn and the sand all over your music gear!
- Virtual synthesizer control panel layout - all controls assignable
- Pitch bend, programmable mod wheel joystick
- Portable - can be powered via batteries, USB or power supply
- Program storage for 40 electronic templates factory preset for packages including Reason, Native Instruments
- Controls Plug-Ins, Cubase, Logic, Sonar 2, Live 2 etc.
- 2 octave semi-weighted high quality aftertouch responsive Keyboard
- Programmable X/Y touch pad surface
- 8-voice polyphonic KS sound source
- 200 memories programmed with awesome Novation presets
- Superb liquid analog sound
- Great arpeggiator
- Zero latency headphone monitoring
- 44.1/48 kHz 24-bit simultaneous 2 channel Audio I/O
- Dual low noise, high bandwidth audio pre-amps with phantom power & 70 dB headroom
- Multi-FX processor per input with simultaneous Reverb/Chorus-Phaser/Delay/Compressor/Distortion and EQ
X-Station 25 MIDI Controller
- 25 semi-weighted, aftertouch-sensitive keys
Pitch Wheel lever rubberized - spring loaded, center return left to right motion
Mod/Control lever ” rubberized, spring-loaded front to back motion or free running forward and backwards
Touchpad - pressure-sensitive
Parameters 2 assignable in X direction
2 Assignable in Y direction
LCD 2 x 16 character silver blue backlit LED
Audio Inputs - 2 Combined 1/4" / XLR jacks
Phantom Power - On/Off - 48V
Gain Control - -60dB - + 10dB Signal Range
A to D Converters - 2 x 24-bit Delta Sigma
Audio Outputs - 2 - 1/4" jacks
Digital Output - S/PDIF phono jack
MIDI Ports - 1 x MIDI in / 2 x MIDI out
USB - 1x Combined MIDI and Audio I/O
Effects - 2 x Multi-Effects Processors
Effect types: delay, reverb, chorus-phaser, compressor, distortion, EQ (bass-mid-treble)
Rotary Potentiometers 20 - Rotation 0 to 270 Degrees
Rotary Encoders - 4 - Rotation 360 Degrees Cont
Sliders - 9-30mm
Transports controls - rewind/fast forward/Stop/start/record
General Operation - Play : Template Common : Template Edit : Write buttons
Global: Snapshot: Panic
Cursor/Page control - Bank - Page / Up / Down : Program(Cursor) Up / Down : Inst Channel (Cursor) left / Right
Keyboard Control Octave up / Octave Down
Voices - 8
Modes - Program (Mono Timbral)
Memories - 200 memory locations programmed with the KS factory presets
Waveforms - square/saw/variable Pulse/tri/sine/double saw /double tri/double sine/9 complex cycle waveforms
Noise Sources - white/crack/metal 1 /metal 2
Octave Range - Shift -1 / 0 /+1 / +2
Mod Env Depth - -64 to +63
LFO1 Depth - -64 to +63
PWM Source - mod env/manual / LFO2
Ring Mod - 1/2
FM - 2/3
2/3 FM Level - 0 ” 127
2/3 FM Mod Level - 0 ” 127
FM Env Attack Rate - 250uS-20 seconds
FM Env Decay Rate - 1mS-20 seconds
Comprehensive aftertouch, breath and pitch/mod wheel control of both static pitch and modulation of pitch
Osc 1 Static level - 0 ” 127
Osc 1 Mod level/Lfo1 -64 to +63
Osc 1 Mod level /lfo2 -64 to +63
Osc 2 Static level 0 ” 127
Osc 2 Mod level/lfo2 -64 to +63
Osc 3 Static level - 0 ” 127
Osc 3 Mod level/AD Env - -64 to +63
Noise Static level - 0 ” 127
Noise Mod level/lfo1 -64 to +63
FM Static level - 0 ” 127
FM Mod level/AD Env -64 to +63
Frequency 0 ” 127
Modes - low pass, high pass, band pass
Resonance - 0-Self Oscillation (24dB mode)
Mod Env depth - -64 to +63
LFO 2 depth - -64 to +63
Keyboard Tracking - 0 ” 127
Velocity - 0 - 127
Overdrive - 0 ” 127
Q normalize - 0 - 127
Comprehensive aftertouch, breath, and pitch / mod wheel control of both static filter freq and modulation of filter freq
Velocity - -64 to +63
Attack - 250uS-20 Seconds
Decay - 1mS-20 Seconds
Sustain - 0 ” 127
Release - 1mS ” 20 Seconds
Delay (Mod Env) - 1mS-20 seconds
FO1 - LFO2
Modes - cyclic / One-shot
Waveforms sine/tri/saw/squ/sample & hold/Quantize/random 24 Intricate wavetables
Speed - 0 Hz ” 1kHz
Delay Fade In - 0 ” 5 seconds
Reverb - level/echo chamber, small room, large room, small hall, large Hall, grand hall / decay / wheel level
Chorus - phaser level/rate/type/feedback/mod depth/center/initial position, wheel level
Distortion drive/compensation/wheel level
Panning position/mod depth/speed/initial position
delay depth/time/feedback/stereo width/ratio/wheel level
Battery operation 6 standard 'C' Size 1.5 volt dry cells or rechargeable cells
External power supply standard center positive 9V D.C. 600mA power supply (not supplied)
Size ” 18-1/2"W x 11"D x 2-3/4"H
Weight ” 5-1/2 lbs.
Reviewed by 8 customers
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I've had one for several years and really like it. Having a synth, MIDI controller, and mic support is great. The X-Station provides a good starting point for doing vocal work since you can give the vocalist a wet mix and record the dry mix with zero-latency monitoring. It's not a super-posh pre-amp, channel strip, etc., but until I do more serious vocal work it's plenty good. While the synth engine sounds great it's a pain to program since there are lots of menus and many knobs have multiple functions (e.g. oscillator waveform knob is shared by all three oscillators), but many synths are that way. For MIDI control it doesn't support Automap, and I don't tend to use it to control other plugins despite the keyboard overlays. At any rate, it's a key part of my home studio, and it's portability means it can go with me when I travel. I'd buy another one tomorrow if this one broke, got stolen, etc. which says a lot since it's been out for several years. It's still a fairly unique product.
The X-Station functions(A+),sounds synth(B),interface(B+),and its value?(A++)!!The manual is a bit extensive and ,therefore,a bit confusing. I'm using it with Cubase SX2 and Ableton Live 7.1 and once I installed the latest driver it worked flawlessly in Cubase. I had a couple day panic with Ableton because its latency would degrade from good to bad in about 5 minutes. The only work around was to turn of the track routing in Abletons preferences and the turn it back on(good latency for 5 minutes). Eventually I changed from direct to MME in the submenu under abletons preferences/sync area as well as turning on "value scaling". I also went into X-station "template common and changed "not synth" to "on" and set a midi overide chanel to 16. I also went to x-station "template edit" and changed its "control typre" to "cc".(after all of this I restarted computer) I'm not sure which change did the fix but now there's zero latency with 512mb and 30 gig hard drive:) probably the"cc"or"MME". It wasn't as hard as it sounds and now its perfect!!:)Great fx, awesome interface, good sounds, phantom powered, excellent midi controller, pre-amps, lots of audio routing options, nice keyboard, lots of assignable midi parameters, lots of usable templates, portable, built in filter, mic plugs, 1/4" plugs, stereo and/or mono..this and a laptop with daw(maybe a mic or guitar) and You've got a complete, high quality studio that you can take anywhere. I bought the micron first and though I luv it(for other reasons) this is much more versatile so I strongly suggest it over that. The micron rules too but as a synth-sequencer. It just upped the ani and took me so much futher once I got the X-station. Microns sounds are too die for though.. Microns sounds get an A+..easily and it's sequencer option bring out soo much creativity and I think it's an incredibly smart setup but if I had to choose I would still definately begin with the x-station if You don't have an interface or need a midi contoler or dont want to rely on plugging into the grid for function....there!!
I bought this X-station about 1 year ago. I use it mainly on stage. I use it for the many old analog sounds (which there are plenty). This synth has alot of depth and fullness. The sounds are fat and powerful (for the money). I also run a set of foot pedals through this synth. The quality of this synth is awsome. It can be alittle complicated. I've only scratched the surface of what this can do. As a midi controller, this unit rocks. I run a Roland U-220 rack mount module and control it with the X-Station. I've only got 2 keyboards, the rack module and a set of foot pedals. I use the X Station 90% of the time. I get any sound I need. I am a bass player who backs up on keyboards. I couldn't be happier with this synth. For the money, you can't beat it.
I bought this when it was still marketed as "Remote 25 Audio". It's great value for money and clearly better than the Ozonic or other products in its class. The synth is rather limited, but well within its price range. I'd call it one of the best all-round entry-level pieces of gear. The only reason i sold mine is because i'm getting a separate controller, synth and audio interface, with superior specs.Oh, did i mention it's great for live use?
So...About a year ago, my brother got me really into synths. So much so that i decided to invest in one myself. After much research, and shopping around, I realized that there wernt too many choices in the affordable synth department. So after many painstaking months of thought, I finally decided to go for the X-station, and i have to say it was a great choice. This synth is great for the beginner, or even for the advance user. It combines amazing midi capabilities, and powerful synthisis into a tiny box. I would recomend this synth over any other starter synth, after having experience with all the other models. Please, take my advise, and go for this synth. Not the microkorg, or the micron. This is where you heart should guide you. Take my advise.You wont be sorry
I had some money burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to buy a synthesizer. I had the option to buy this machine, or the Korg Microkorg. First off, let me state that this unit can be used both as a stand-alone synthesizer AND a midi-controller, which will come in handy once I get my hands on an iBook and Logic. (First advantage over the microkorg.) The semi-weighted keys are also a cool advantage over the microkorg. (The microkorg's keys are not standard size, whereas the X stations keys are.) The X-station has an x/y pad, (alters the sound in a way I can't even fathom.) whereas the Microkorg does not. The one advantage that the Microkorg has over the X-25 is the vocoder function, one that I wish I had on my X-station. I'm also a bass player, and the fact that you can plug in your bass/guitar and play it through the unit is also a huge advantage. Now, I am not an experienced keyboard player, but I do know how to spot quality "instruments" from crappy ones. If you are looking to buy an affordable, good quality synthesizer, I would strongly suggest looking at this one. I have had it for several months now and still don't know all the functions on it, but it brings me countless hours of entertainment. DON'T BUY FOR THE NAME, BUY FOR THE QUALITY.
I played this thing for about 2 hours at my local music store. It was killer. I loved every minute of it. The only problems I had with it were the fact that the hardware synth was monotimbral (only one layer), the X-Y Pad and the Pitch/Mod joystick never registers on the synth 100% of the way, and some of the menus are difficult to bring up. The hardware synth itself is worth buying the X-Station for, 3 oscillators with 17 waveforms each, along with pulse width and frequency modulation. It works beautifully with DAW software (they had Reason up on the computer), and it becomes an audio interface for recording stuff like guitars, vocals, or another keyboard. With the X-Station, you can have 6 effects at the same time. You can also run your external audio through the effects, something you can't do with it's little brother, the XioSynth.The X-Station is like a Swiss Army Knife of keyboards. It can be used as a MIDI controller, a soft synth editor, and a hardware synth. Plenty of buttons, knobs, and sliders to keep you busy.
Synths are expensive. Even moreso in Australia. Hence, electronic music is by no means a cheap hobby. First, the Synth/s, the Software, the MIDI interface, FX units, Mixers etc. etc. The X-Station combines several of these into one and does so at an incredible price. It combines a MIDI Control Surface, an Audio/USB/MIDI Interface, a (limited) Mixer, a DSP Effects Unit and a decent Virtual Analog synthesizer all in one. Buying each of these seperately would cost about twice the price of an X-Station. The Synthesizer is an implementation of the Novation K-Station Series (K-Station, KS4, KS5), having more features than the K-Station (albiet without the vocoder) but less than the KS Series. The sound is pretty bright but if one makes darker music (as I do), tweaking can make it sound relatively sinister. Admittedly, there are quite a few limitations with this synth (fixed LFO destinations for example, only one filter) but by paging through the menus, the synth's unorthodox options come to the fore. Given the price of the unit, the Synthesizer is very powerful. The sound quality is high as well, and the Audio Interface sounds very high-end. The inbuilt FX are great and although they do not lend themselves to severely unconventional work, they are useful and do the intended job.You can use this unit as a MIDI controller and have two hardware modules attached to it at any one time, as well as using it to control software synths via USB. In short, this piece of equipment lends itself to expansion of a studio!Novice musicians will adore this thing. If they cannot afford the Virus TI, the X-Station does the same thing (albiet with an inferior synth engine) yet at an absolutely bargain price. Simply buy this, pick up an inexpensive rackmount synth from Ebay and fire up your copy of Cubase/Logic and you have an instant studio.