Electro Bass Tutorial for NI Massive and FL Studio
A unique opportunity to see both the sound design process of a nice electro bass being created as well as the MIDI programming done to turn it into a solid bassline.
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YouTube user Xmode93 has taken the time to share how he went about making a sweet electro house style bass for one of his songs and then shows the making of the actual bassline in this helpful video tutorial featuring both NI Massive and FL Studio. Any DAW can be used to achieve the same exact results, so don’t worry if you are not a FruityLoops user. There are a few key features to make note of here that make this sound possible. The first are the Restart Via Gate and Pitch Bend features on the OSC tab. The next are the Monorotate and Legato Triller modes selected on the Voicing tab. Without these set up, you would not have the unique layered glide sound that gives this bass all of its character.
It takes a total of three regular oscillators and the Modulation OSC to generate the sounds for this synth, and Modulation OSC will actually be introducing phasing, wavetable position modulation and some ring modulation as well. Run this through a Comb filter and you have the beginning of your sound!
Next both a sine shaper and a parabolic shaper are added, as well as a dimension expander, a classic tube amp and some basic EQ shaping. This wraps up the bulk of the sound design portion of the process and let’s you get right to the production side of things.
So putting this sound into action is as easy as programming a series of simple MIDI notes into your piano role. With a couple of notes placed in the sequence one octave higher to create the gliding, the rest of the notes are placed on one note. This makes for a nice rhythmic bassline and fits in nicely with the rest of the song featured in the video. Hope this helps to give you some ides for your own productions, and perhaps even answer a few questions as to how certain things are achieved.