Join J. Scott Giaquinta for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a bass sound from scratch, part of Learning Omnisphere 2.
- So I thought I'd do something different for these last two videos than I normally do for my courses. I'm going to design a sound from the ground up without any preplanning and just kind of see what happens. So I figured for this one, I would make a bass sound, so let's get started. I'm just going to do this here in one layer. I'll start with the A layer here. Let's go through some of these oscillators. (varying types of pulsating sounds) Let's try that one.
(bass sound) Play with the shape and symmetry. (bass sound) Now I'm a big fan of really biting sounds, so the first thing I'm going to do here is I'm going to go to my effects, and I'm going to get some grit into this. So let's pick, I like the Stompbox Modeler, and I like this particular one, the DOD 250 Overdrive, and I really like to drive this one hard. (deep gritty sound) I got a little bit more bite on that, so we'll go back here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to start messing with some of these synthesis options here.
Let's go to frequency modulation. (deep gritty sound) See what some of these different modulator waves sound like. (gritty sounds) All right, let's try some ring mod. (gritty sounds) That kind of gives it some bite there on the bottom.
(gritty sounds) All right, let's go to harmonia. I want to see what it's like if we layer a fifth here. (layered gritty sounds) Let's do an octave up on this layer. (higher-pitched layered gritty sounds) Let's see, that might be enough. (layered gritty sounds) Actually, let's turn frequency modulation off.
(gritty layered sounds) I'm just experimenting here; let's see what happens if we turn the ring mod off now. (layered gritty sounds) Back to harmonia. (layered gritty sounds) All right, I like that. So let's go back to MAIN here. I'm going to turn on legato mode, and SOLO, and GLIDE, so this starts to glide. (varying gritty sounds) All right, let's add a little bit of a filter to that.
(smoother varying gritty sounds) All right, let's do a limiter here. (varying bass sounds) Get that volume up. (loud varying bass sounds) What I'm going to do here, I'm actually going to modulate some of these parameters so that they have just a little bit more organic movement.
So I'm going to right-click here and modulate this with LFO. (loud bass sounds) Let's turn that volume down just a little bit. (varying bass sounds) Let's turn some of that drive down. (varying bass sounds) Just for a second here, I'm going to go back, and I'm going to turn frequency modulation off.
(varying bass sounds) I'm going to leave that off for just a second here while I'm messing with the filters. (varying bass sounds) I'm going to put a little bit of a reverb here on this as well. (intermittent varying bass sounds) That sounds really nice.
All right, let's play with this symmetry here. (varying bass sounds) That doesn't really do a whole lot. (varying bass sounds) Let's go into filter mode here, the zoomed in view, and let's try a bandpass, a juicy bandpass, and see what that sounds like. (electric bass sounds) Let's assign the cutoff to the mod wheel.
So let's see. (electric bass sounds) Nice, I like that. And let's see what else we can do here. (varying electric bass sounds) Again, this is just experimenting, so I'm not really going for anything particularly. I actually kind of like how this sound sounds already.
So let me turn a low pass filter, or actually open the filter back up on that. (varying electric bass sounds, alternating stereo sides) There we go, let's put an LFO on the variance a little bit, to give it a little bit of stereo space, and we'll put this on LFO2. (varying electric base sounds, alternating stereo sides) I like that; that's really biting bass sound.
- Navigating the Omnisphere header and multis
- Setting up automation
- Managing presets and patches
- Using the Orb to manipulate sounds
- Exploring the Synth and Sample modes
- Using filters, envelopes, and LFOs
- Using granular to mangle sounds
- Understanding the Arpeggiator
- Using Stack and Live mode
- Creating sounds from scratch