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2. Mak­ing a clas­sic Reese bass us­ing NI Mas­sive

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1 Cre­at­ing your own Reese bass is sim­ple when you know how. We’re start­ing with a break­beat loop, pi­ano lead and MIDI bassline in a 160bpm project. First, we load Na­tive In­stru­ments Mas­sive onto the bassline track. Open Mas­sive’s En­ve­lope 4 (amp en­ve­lope) and set the

De­cay Level to max­i­mum to make each note de­cay more slowly.

2 To get the de­tuned, clas­sic Reese wob­ble we’re af­ter, we’ll use two saw­tooth os­cil­la­tors. Set both Os­cil­la­tor 1 and 2’s Wavetable Shape to Saw­tooth, then tune them both down an oc­tave. Turn Os­cil­la­tor 2’s Amp dial up to max­i­mum, then set both os­cil­la­tors’ rout­ing to Fil­ter 1 so we can shape them us­ing a sin­gle fil­ter later on.

3 Lower Os­cil­la­tor 1’s Pitch by 50 cents, so that it’s set to 11.50, then tune Os­cil­la­tor 2’s Pitch up by the same amount (to 12.50) – our bor­ing patch in­stantly turns into a snarling, men­ac­ing Reese. We can give it a smoother sound by set­ting Fil­ter 1’s Type to Low­pass 4 and set­ting the Cut­off to around 10 o’clock.

4 To make our patch a bit louder, we turn Fil­ter 1 Vol­ume up to max­i­mum. To fin­ish off, we use Kush Au­dio’s Omega A preamp to add some much-needed sat­u­ra­tion, giv­ing our Reese some slight dis­tor­tion and ex­tra weight. Al­though we’ve used Mas­sive for this walk­through, it’s straight­for­ward to ap­ply th­ese tech­niques to other synths.

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