Create Warm Ambient Basslines in U-he Zebra
This week we are going to learn all about simple but nice ambient basslines in U-he Zebra, with the comb filter and some oscillator FX we can really get great results fast!
Sometimes it is great to build patches fast and simple with just a few modules.
There are a few advantages to this approach, one of them being that you really get the most out of a specific module, because you have to!
Another nice side effect is that you will also be able to make great sounds with less sophisticated synthesizers, for example a simple analogue hardware synth.
So lately I have been practicing with this and trying to restrain myself in using only a few modules instead of all the stuff that Zebra2 has to offer.
This sound is a good example of just that, it uses one oscillator with some simple oscillator FX, one FM oscillator and a comb filter.
Much different from a year back when I would open all oscillators and filters before I even started designing sounds!
The cool little trick in this sound is the registerizer effect, this effect will almost always sound like an organ (great if you like those sounds!) but it also has another purpose.
This registerizer FX boost the octaves of the fundamental frequency, meaning that it will sound very high even if the main pitch is at minus 4 octaves.
And since I’m always trying to look for sounds that do sort of the same thing but with a different approach I found this to be a cool starting point.
And stuff like this can be a good approach for those of you trying to take your creative sound-design to a new level.
I always try to find something that is weird to start off, like setting the detuning to minus 50 or lowering the pitch way too much.
This way you have to find a new approach to get to the sounds that you like, and you always find some new ideas in the meantime!
The last module in this patch, before the reverb, is the comb filter, a feedbacking filter that can give you really great sounds.
Your can design realistic bass sounds, electric guitar tones or beautiful vocal like pads.
We have talked allot about this already so this filter should be your best friend by now, if not, go check it out!
Try some of these techniques and try to make your own sound with these ideas, also don’t hesitate to let me know when you find something cool!
Have fun yo!