Syn­the­sis­ing mod­ern bass

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There’ll al­ways be a place for the bass sounds of yes­ter­year, but as tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, so do new sounds and styles. Tech­nol­ogy of­ten dic­tates the bass sounds of the time: the TB-303 and DX7 bass be­ing clas­sic ex­am­ples. So as tech­nol­ogy moves on, the sounds move with it…

The mas­sive power we have in our work­sta­tions al­lows for com­plex, newer meth­ods of syn­the­sis such as gran­u­lar, and breathes life back into older tech­niques like wavetable syn­the­sis. The lat­ter can pro­duce some highly ag­gres­sive, un­usual and dis­tinctly dig­i­tal sounds which bring some much-de­sired bite to a bass patch. Es­sen­tially, a wavetable is a se­ries of sin­gle-cy­cle wave­forms which the syn­the­siser scrolls through to cre­ate a tone. As this hap­pens in the dig­i­tal world, we can use ex­tremely com­plex wave­forms and al­ter them on the fly. When you com­bine this with the near end­less mod­u­la­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties avail­able in mod­ern in­stru­ments, you can cre­ate hyper-com­plex patches that weren’t pos­si­ble be­fore now.

Syn­the­sis is one thing, but don’t for­get the seem­ingly end­less scope we now have with pro­ces­sors. Mod­ern plug­ins give us supreme free­dom, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it – just check out Plug­ins, or the wealth of awe­some freeware out there.

All this power in your work­sta­tion is noth­ing with­out cre­ativ­ity, how­ever. Layer up your sounds, chain up dis­tor­tion stages, au­to­mate con­trols, use mod­u­la­tion ef­fects, record the out­put into a sam­pler… the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. The tech­nol­ogy is freely avail­able, so get cre­ative. New bass sounds are hid­ing ev­ery­where – and it’s your job to find them!

Get­ting to grips with mod­ern tech­niques and tech­nol­ogy is the key to fresh bass sounds

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