Progressive Trance Bass Tutorial for NI Massive
Looking to learn how to make a sweet, warm and all around awesome progressive trance bass for your projects? Well look no further! This one is great, and it only takes a few minutes to make.
[aside title=”Make ’em Move!“] The bass is what keeps everything going, including the people on the dancefloor![/aside]
The deep sound of the progressive trance bass is hard to argue with. It’s just too cool on many levels, and this video shows you just how easy it actually is to make a professional quality bass of this style in no time at all. Of course, a sound like this can obviously be used in a wide range of music, not just trance music. YouTube user LeviWhalenMusic does a good job of explaining things in a way that everyone can follow along, regardless of experience level or knowledge of sound design.
With a basic square wavetable at its base, a second one is added but this one is blended with a saw wave and dropped an octave, and then it gets rounded out with a classic wavetable. Adding some white noise is needed to achieve a more natural sound and feel. The lowpass filter is what keeps it deep and warm, while the development of the sound is actually controlled by the cutoff being modulated by an envelope.
He makes a point of mentioning that the voicing needs to stay in polyphony for this sound to retain all of the elements that make up this signature sound. If for some reason you wanted to introduce some glide into a bass this this one, you would need to switch the voicing to monophon. Also mentioned briefly is the fact that you should be checking all your mixes in mono before bouncing your file to master. This is important in any kind of audio production, not just progressive trance. If you have questions about this, you can shoot me a message or visit my site for more information, as this topic is far too in-depth to include in this simple tutorial.