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sast5

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Bass House Sounds
« on: March 12, 2016, 03:55:35 am »
Can anyone give me some tips how to make sounds like r3hab near me and Matroda - Chronic and this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGXRhHLL1MM im not sure how to go about and can't find any info on it.

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Re: Bass House Sounds
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2016, 04:40:38 am »
Lol its in front of you, go and study the presets, vandalism make one of the best packs out there in the market


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Re: Bass House Sounds
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 03:21:24 pm »
Yeah I agree with vince. A really great way to understand synthesis concepts is to study presets that are similar to the kinds of sounds you want to make. That's the biggest advantage of presets, just make sure you actually are learning from them instead of dropping them in a track without knowing why they sound the way they do!  :)

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Re: Bass House Sounds
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 03:47:21 pm »
I like how bass house is supposed to be "back to the roots" type dance music, but now people are releasing insanely complex preset packs. These sounds are like, dubstep 101 basses. Take a square wave and sweep a low pass filter across it without redlining the thing and you'll have a pretty cool sounding bass patch. If you want a pluck, do the same thing but use an envelope instead of an LFO. Put a little reverb on it (LITTLE!!!!) and give it a white noise transient that's tasteful (read: doesn't sound like a dvbbs drop) and you're good.

If you want to sound like rehab or the more mainstream chris lake stuff, just take your favorite EDM synth, layer it over a distorted sine wave and squeeze the two sounds together with a compressor. Martin Garrix released animals and the wood block sound got so abused that someone decided if they used it as a bass with a tasteful kick, instead of a lead over a festival 808, they could call it bass house and keep releasing the same formulaic tracks. Listen to some Oliver Heldens, Pep and Rash, etc and tell me they aren't layering EDM festival synths over subs and calling it deep house.

Fun fact - if a preset sounds incredible with no processing, it's going to be very hard to use in an actual track. These presets sell because they're covered in reverb and effects, which make them take up the whole frequency spectrum. This makes them sound "sooo professional and totally the missing piece to the why am I not famous yet puzzle", but they end up being impossible to use with any drums or other elements, unless you sidechain the hell out of it and it's the only layer you have, in which case your songwriting better be outstanding, to let one bass line act as a melody and still be listenable. I think beginners would be shocked to sit down with some people and listen to isolated synths in an actual work flow. That crazy skrillex bass probably sounds somewhat benign by itself, but it fits perfectly with the song and serves its purpose without being overpowering, and combined with songwriting and the whole product, is gnarly.