Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with electro-house bass sounds, part of EDM Production Techniques: Basslines.
Bigger is better when it comes to electrohouse baselines. A number of artists, like myself, use native instruments massive as our go to synth when making this style of music. Many common electrohouse bass sounds are made from sawtooth wave forms and a lot of overdrive and distortion. For this example, I've created three different base sounds that are made using a variety of waveforms and different types of overdrive and distortion. Because I've already set up my side chain compression I'm not able to throw sounds into the mix without worrying to much about them getting in the way of my drums.
So I'm going to create a couple of tracks here, actually three different tracks and let's open up Massive. Let's open up Massive on a different instance and on a third instance. All right.
This is what each of these sound like you can see that all three of these are very different from each other, but their still kind of the same in terms of grooviness All right let's program some notes in, hit record engage here. Hit the record button. All right let's move on to track number two.
Well actually I'm going to start the loop point here now. Actually, first let me quantize this to make sure it's hitting right on the beat. Right click, quantize. Adjust the beginning of my loop. All right, here we go double click that, right click, quantize. All right, let's copy these at the beginning here. Hold option now and drag. We'll set our loop point a little longer now. All right the first thing I noticed here is that my end times of this first note are not long enough, so I'm going to adjust these manually. Let's hear what that sounds like.
Awesome. Now, if you remember from the previous video, I needed to route these to the bus. I'm going to go ahead and do that here, since I just created these. Let's let that get side chained. Tab over to the over view. Let's see, this is on base bus, so that's going to go to B. Let's go ahead and rename these so that I don't get confused. All right, let's play that back. All right, now let's record our third track in Right. Let's quantize that.
Adjust end-note there. So just a quick note here when I program my baselines, I try to make one sound blend into the next so that it has fluidity. It helps to make you're song more cohesive and less disjointed. Play around with note lengths and midi to get the timing of your base notes just right. Let me play around with this so you can hear. Here we go
Want to learn more about creating solid EDM tracks? Check out EDM Production Techniques: Drums.