How to Make a Porter Robinson Style Distorted Glitch Bass in NI Massive
A super hot sound in an easy to follow NI Massive video tutorial! Learn how to recreate the Porter Robinson distortion bass in just a few minutes.
[aside title=”Heavy Distortion!“] A very heavy sound and a solid tutorial to get you there![/aside]
This is a very big, very dirty sounding bass and has some serious impact on whatever song it is used in. So you may want to consider making this a ‘lead’ sound in the music you create with it. It uses all three main oscillators and the Modulation OSC to generate the core sound. Starting with a Modern Talking wavetable (I know, and so does he…), a Deep Throat wavetable running in Bend -/+ mode and a basic Saw wave. Some Ring Modulation is added to OSC2 and some phasing is added to OSC1 to begin shaping the sound. The pitch value of all these oscillators are brought down -20.19 semitones to give it the deep signature sound before moving into the rest of the sound design session.
This sound is then routed through a Scream filter. All three of the filter’s parameters will be modulated by a Performer later on to create the movement in the synth. A Frequency Shifter is inserted into the sound chain before a Brauner Tube Amp is added along with a Dimension Expander. A few small tweaks to the EQ are made before moving on to the modulation programming phase of the process.
He then moves into his DAW, which is FL Studio but you can use any program and get the same results. Using Ohmocide, which us a super sweet plugin, he adds some heavy distortion. You can use another distortion plugin if you don’t have it. Sausage Fattener is used to make it even bigger, which can be a bit tricky to substitute out with another plugin. You may want to try to add some saturation and reverb to get close to the same effect.
In the end, you get a huge bass that sounds pretty guitar-like for the little amount of programming time that goes into it. If you have a request for a similar kind of sound, or have one you want to share with the rest of the community, let us know! We’d love to hear form you.