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)
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.
Techno starts with a capital 'T', as in TB-303 and TR-808.
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.