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Old 22-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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How do YOU drop the bass?

I tried making dubstep a while a go and got really amateur results. I tried a couple of ways of making wobble basses but none of them gave me the results i yearned. I made a basic bassline and hen split up among tracks with various wobble speeds/sounds but it didnt sound that good. Ive seen some people sample wobbles and then assign them to pads on an mpc/mpd and randomly mash the buttons. What is the best way to create a good bass drop like the ones skrillex does(sorry if he is a bad example i dont know much about dubstep)

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Old 22-07-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: How do YOU drop the bass?

Layering, automating LFO's. Really depends on what kind of stuff you're looking for

Skrillex does some crazy stuff Maybe give an example track of the sound you are trying to achieve?
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Old 22-07-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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What is the best way to create a good bass drop like the ones skrillex does
Experience and knowledge (w/ mixing, song writing, signal processing, and possibly mastering), a good monitoring system, a well-rounded synth, a good arrangement, a clear sounding mix, and a firm grasp of various types of synthesis.

In other words, you can't just start make quality tracks overnight. It takes time and practice.

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Old 22-07-2012, 10:27 PM   #4
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Layering, automating LFO's. Really depends on what kind of stuff you're looking for

Skrillex does some crazy stuff Maybe give an example track of the sound you are trying to achieve?
i dont know, cinema? i learned it on piano even with the bass drop and i know he is using constantly the same bassline only chopping it up and spilling it among variouse synths, ive already done the autamting lfos, i guess its a mtter of practice, but im also curious, how do YOU guys do it.
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Old 22-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Judging by the rise of artists in the current scene, it'll only take you a year or so! So work hard for a year, then you can tour the world and stuff
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Old 22-07-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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i dont know, cinema? i learned it on piano even with the bass drop and i know he is using constantly the same bassline only chopping it up and spilling it among variouse synths, ive already done the autamting lfos, i guess its a mtter of practice, but im also curious, how do YOU guys do it.
YoMyEx pretty much said it all.

Pretty much everyone puts in time, and that's how they get their sounds/bass drops/skillz overallz. Unless you're really lucky/ sample basses, but there is no fun in that.
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Judging by the rise of artists in the current scene, it'll only take you a year or so! So work hard for a year, then you can tour the world and stuff
He has years of experience with songwriting and sequencing/synthesis being in FFTL. He worked at it for a good 4-5 years before he even broke through.
Not saying it could be done with less time, just putting it into perspective.

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Old 23-07-2012, 12:22 AM   #9
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It may be rumor but the software that is brought up most often seems to be NI's Massive. Check a youtube video and you should get some results. Or at least a good starting place.
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Old 23-07-2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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Re: How do YOU drop the bass?

i don't drop bass, i fucking hurl it into the ground at impossible levels of force causing massive earthquakes and tectonic plate damage.

(actually i mainly just don't do drops like ever)

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Old 23-07-2012, 12:45 AM   #11
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It may be rumor but the software that is brought up most often seems to be NI's Massive. Check a youtube video and you should get some results. Or at least a good starting place.
i already have massive, but as far as i know none of the presets wobble and stuff
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Old 23-07-2012, 01:08 AM   #12
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i already have massive, but as far as i know none of the presets wobble and stuff


You need to start small, man. You need to learn the basics of audio, synthesis, mixing, and everything else related to "dropping da bass."

And please don't refer it to "dropping the bass." It is such a vague, oversimplified term.

It would be the equivalent of me going to a guitar forum and asking "how do I shred like Van Halen?"
or going a DIY forum and asking "How do I build a house?"
There are many steps to getting there that you may not realize, so please be patient and start from the bottom. Short-cuts just don't work if you are striving for greatness.

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Old 23-07-2012, 01:08 AM   #13
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i already have massive, but as far as i know none of the presets wobble and stuff
Youtube Massive Dubstep tutorial and you will find plenty of guides of varying quality telling you a multitude of ways to use the software to drop the bass.
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Old 23-07-2012, 02:22 AM   #14
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Judging by the rise of artists in the current scene, it'll only take you a year or so! So work hard for a year, then you can tour the world and stuff
Lol most of these guys have been in the scence for 5+ years, just not as popular and under different aliase's.......

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Old 23-07-2012, 04:47 AM   #15
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He has years of experience with songwriting and sequencing/synthesis being in FFTL. He worked at it for a good 4-5 years before he even broke through.
Not saying it could be done with less time, just putting it into perspective.
Oh trust me! I know all about Skrillex's history, as I was a fan of FFTL.
It was pretty much just a joke Considering that a bunch of electro artists have kinda seemed to come out of no where (for example, Porter Robinson and Zedd)

I know that these guys have both been producing since they were 11 or blah. I was just commenting on their quick rise to electro fame from actually being noticed to playing huge arenas and touring internationally
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Re: How do YOU drop the bass?

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i already have massive, but as far as i know none of the presets wobble and stuff
my version of massive has i guess one or two wobble presets(1.1.5)
and most of these guys use massive and for making wobbles basses the simplest way is to put low pass filter and in inserts use sample & hold and in the end put a stepper or performer on the cutoff knob(in case u didnt already know it)
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Re: How do YOU drop the bass?

don't type skrillex and datsik massive presets into google. dont!

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i don't drop bass, i fucking hurl it into the ground at impossible levels of force causing massive earthquakes and tectonic plate damage.

(actually i mainly just don't do drops like ever)

Its a good thing you dont drop the bass then

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Re: How do YOU drop the bass?

I have recently started from scratch and some few presets i learned from tutorials, and what i have found for huge bass sounds is a lot of layering, a lot of compression and some great eq'ing so that it doesnt ruin the entire mix. The trick i use is to have a higher register bass, like a wobble and then have a lower, less prominent, bass underneath that really gives the rumble and shake. The hard part is controlling the bass so it doesnt take over your track. Be prepared to work with it for hours if not days but the end result will hopefully be drop worthy.

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