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8. Craft­ing a gritty wavetable bass patch

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1 Mod­u­lat­ing waveta­bles can cre­ate se­ri­ously ag­gres­sive bass sounds. We’ve loaded up NI Mas­sive, turned on all three os­cil­la­tors and cho­sen a gritty wave­form for each – Chrome, Dirty Throat and Screamer. We’ve pitched Osc 2 down one octave to add some low-end beef, and changed the In­ten­sity mode on each os­cil­la­tor to Bend -/+ to al­low for some noisy mod­u­la­tion later.

2 Dis­tor­tion will add ag­gres­sion to the patch, so we’ve se­lected Tele Tube in the FX1 sec­tion then cranked the Dry/Wet dial to 50% and Drive up to max. This type of patch ben­e­fits from some uni­son voice stack­ing and some stereo spread, so head to the Voic­ing sec­tion and change Unisono to 6 to stack up lay­ers, then spread things out by switch­ing Pan Po­si­tion On and drag­ging the slider to the far left.

3 We only want to use one fil­ter, so move the +F2 slider in the fil­ter sec­tion right to the top. In the Fil­ter 1 sec­tion, we’ve se­lected Band re­ject fil­ter to scoop out the sound, and set Band­width and Res­o­nance to 12 o'clock. Fi­nally, we’ve as­signed one of Mas­sive’s macro con­trols to the fil­ter Cut­off and each os­cil­la­tor’s In­ten­sity dial. Try ex­per­i­ment­ing with wavetable po­si­tions and mod­u­la­tion amounts.

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