Novation offers the discontinued V-Station and B-Station virtual instruments for free download.
To say that I have a soft spot in my heart for the hardware version of Novation’s V-Station synthesizer would be an understatement. It was the very first hardware synthesizer I ever bought, and it was incredible at the time. Thanks to the built-in effects, it sounded huge and was relatively easy to program when paired with the software editor.
I played quite a few gigs with the V-Station (not to mention countless band rehearsals), programmed dozens of patches on it, and decided to sell it after a few years because I needed something with a wider keyboard. The thing is, none of the other synthesizers I used in my band setup (Alesis Micron, Korg MS-2000, and most recently the Minilogue) matched V-Station’s raw sound.
I know it’s an ancient virtual analog synthesizer, and it’s not supposed to sound good as such, but I really loved that little synth. Great for basses, arpeggios, and leads that literally cut through all other instruments.
Needless to say, I purchased the plugin edition after selling the hardware V-Station in order to get some of that old magic back into my setup. The plugin V-Station is powered by the same synthesis engine as its real-word twin and offers all the advantages of the software format. Yes, it probably sounds exactly the same as the hardware, but it just doesn’t sound the same to me.
The grass is always greener, as they say. Or, in this case, the hardware always sounds meaner.
Anyway, you can now get Novation’s discontinued V-Station and B-Station plugins for free. They are old plugins and no longer supported, but I guess that also makes them vintage in a way. And who doesn’t like a good vintage synthesizer nowadays, right?
You can download both instruments from the Legacy page on Novation’s website. The instruments are available in VST2, VST3, AU, and RTAS plugin formats for 32-bit and 64-bit digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS.
Download: Novation Legacy Software