Merg­ing and meld­ing basses

Computer Music - - Make Music Now -

Don’t be afraid to stack mul­ti­ple sources to cre­ate com­plex and in­ter­est­ing bass sounds. Some of the es­o­teric bass ideas in the walk­throughs from the pre­vi­ous page might be in­ter­est­ing, but lack the weight and so­lid­ity of a tra­di­tional synth bass. The so­lu­tion? Layer your in­ter­est­ing tex­tual sound with a more straight­for­ward one to achieve the best of both worlds. Lay­er­ing atonal sounds such as tape noise or field record­ings with clas­sic melodic bass is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive. Try adding sam­pled noise over your favourite synth bass part and dis­tort­ing and com­press­ing both to­gether to cre­ate a uni­fied sound with a ton of char­ac­ter.

If your bass lacks tex­ture, it's fair game to im­port some in­ter­est­ing au­dio over the top and merge the two

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