Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Secret bass tricks and tweaks, part of EDM Production Techniques: Basslines.
Sometimes it's fun to take your bass lines one step further and try things you might not normally do. I'm going to show you two techniques that I just discovered while preparing for this course that you can use to tweak your bass sounds even further. You're going to love this. First what I'm going to do is I'm going to mute the tracks I'm not going to use, let's see, it's the bump bass and r wub and sub, and this bend. Which essentially leaves us with the drums and the growl bass, but I'm actually going to turn my drum bus off so we're only hearing the growl bass. Next, I'm going to create an audio track.
I'm going to go to the input here, which you can find under the IO button that this row pops up when you turn IO on, and I'm going to choose the bass bus as the input to this track. So now I'm going to go to the bass bus and I'm using this EQ8, which is off at the moment. And I'm going to tweak this one parameter and I'm going to show you what it sounds like. So I'm just going to play it for a second and show you what I'm doing here. Pretty cool, right? All right. So what I'm going to do, I'm going to use a technique called resampling, and what this is going to do is basically record the audio from the base bus back into audio channel two. So I'm going to hit the stop button twice to start at the beginning, make sure that recording gauge is on.
Now I'm going to hit the record button and I'm going to start tweaking that parameter again. All right, we got some pretty cool stuff in there. So I'm going to show you now how to extend that out, so you can see the entire loop. Let's go to the beginning here. All right, we can start that from the beginning. All right, let's see what that sounds like with the drums. I'm also going to mute the growl bass. Turn this drum bus back on. All right. Next thing I'm actually going to do is I'm going to copy the rest of this over so I can hear this with the extended loop. Remove this track down here. We'll just select here to here, awesome.
Now the great thing about this is that you can take the best parts of your performance and cut them into sections that are going to be useful for your song. I'm going to do that here really quickly and find some good moments. I like that right there. Let's just delete that part. I like that one. Oh, that was nice. Some of those are really nice. Now, let's take these. Actually I'm going to start here. I'll start from nine and go to the end. Drag that over to the beginning. Actually the great thing too is you can just cut and paste these and make them into sort of glitches. Let's do that on sixteenth notes.
Cut and paste that, reverse that one. You kind of get the picture. You can do some really, really unique and creative things just by, kind of, being in the moment. All right. I'm going to mute that track and I'm going to show you a second trick that I just learned. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to create a brand new audio track, and I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to set the input to bass bust and lets turn these growl basses on. All right, let's solo these by themselves. All right. So what we're going to do is let's take this EQ off.
All right, so what I'm going to do I'm going to hit record engage on the audio two. Let's start from the beginning. Let's hit record. So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this, I'm going to just chop the end here. Let's turn this up just a bit. All right, let's hear that. Next one I'm going to do is I'm going to time stretch this. So let me show you how to do that. You double click on this and it comes up in the Editor window at the bottom here. All right, so you already see there's an anchor point at number one. I'm going to double click at nine to create another anchor point there. All right? And then I'm going to extend this to double the length, which is measure 17. All right. So now I'm going to extend this out as well, so it's double the length on the arrange page.
Let me set the loop to 17. And this is what it sounds like time stretched. Now the cool thing about this is that you can start tweaking parameters within the time compression settings. So, I'm going to start doing that and I'm actually going to put this on sixteenth notes. Again, super cool sounding. So, I'm going to show you what that sounds with the beat. All right. So what I'm going to do is loop this to measure nine. Let's turn the beat back on. I'm going to turn the growl bass off now the original one, which is What's it? Turn the growl bass off.
Let's just play these together. And obviously feel free to cop this up and figure out where it sounds best. All right, so let's hear all of our tweaks together. I'm actually going to go in and turn on the other tracks that I've muted, the bumping. I'm going to leave the growlies off, and I'm going to turn the R web on and our sub and this bend track. Let's hear what this sounds like with all these brand new tweaks. And there you go. Again, I encourage you to experiment and come up with your own unique ways of tweaking your sounds. You'd be surprised what you come up with when you just think outside the box.
Want to learn more about creating solid EDM tracks? Check out EDM Production Techniques: Drums.