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Old 05-07-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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hip-hop bassline?

hey,

tried to search for similar thread, but unlucky.
few days ago i listened to whole Kendrick Lamar "To Pimp a Butterfly" album, and really got into trying to produce some hip-hop, but i'm still kinda newbie at music production.

so to start things off, can anybody explain how to produce smooth hip-hop bassline?
(for example, Kendrick Lamar - Alright, Pharell Williams - Gust of Wind)


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Old 05-07-2015, 08:41 PM   #2
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Re: hip-hop bassline?

A good way is to either listen to some classic hip hop beats played on YouTube (Clyde Stubblefiled, also J.J.Flueck). You can also find MIDI tracks that teach you how to play with velocities. Both approaches helped me a lot.
You can also import audio to your DAW and reduce the speed significantly until you gat a good idea of the drum pattern. Getting ghost notes right is key to make it sound groovy.

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Re: hip-hop bassline?

Use a sub bass patch with a quick attack and low sustain, for a kind of plucky sounding bass. Usually works pretty good for hip-hop styled beats.

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Re: hip-hop bassline?

what does "smooth" mean?

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Old 06-07-2015, 03:21 AM   #5
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Re: hip-hop bassline?

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what does "smooth" mean?
My guess is he just means clean, most hip-hop songs have a very clean sounding sub.

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Re: hip-hop bassline?

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Use a sub bass patch with a quick attack and low sustain, for a kind of plucky sounding bass. Usually works pretty good for hip-hop styled beats.
thanks for help man, that was EXACTLY what i was looking for :badger:
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Re: hip-hop bassline?

Lowpassed triangle layered with lowpassed kick.
Turn up the amp envelope on the lowpassed triangle to make room for the kick transient. Mix/blend to taste.

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Re: hip-hop bassline?

You could just beef up a sine wave and probably get close to what you're looking for. Sometimes I run a sine and/or triangle wave through a comb filter and get some pretty powerful stuff.

Also, To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the best records of the year, nice to hear that it inspired you to do this.
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Re: hip-hop bassline?

Trillian is an amazing bass vst. For smooth sounds I would use a sine wave for the sub, with a triangle on top for the higher frequencies. I like longer notes for a smooth sound (longer release times) and plenty of space between the notes. The filter is also pretty important to remove higher frequencies.

There are plenty of freeware synths that would allow you to play around with soundwaves, filtering e.g.
TAL Bassline, Minimogue VA, UHE TyrellN6.

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