Mini-lesson: adding extra bass to your bass

Here we are with another mini-lesson, this time detailing a music poduction technique that I utilized on Gallery of Harmonies: Vol. 5. This technique will (hopefully) make the bassline in your track sound slightly more substantial.

The first thing to do is “doubling” your bassline – if it’s in MIDI, this is easily done by duplicating the track. If, on the other hand, the bassline is a waveform audio track, you’ll want to rewrite it in MIDI by hand. For the purposes of the rest of this tutorial, I’ll assume the former.

With the bass track doubled, strip the duplicated bass track of any plugins, including the software synth producing its sound. Then, grab a plugin that’s capable of producing a pure sine wave. My DAW of choice, REAPER, comes with a stock plugin called ReaSynth, which by default produces a pure sine wave and happens to be the one I used on Gallery of Harmonies: Vol. 5.

reasynth

Set the amplitude of the sine wave to where you can hear it starting to add some “meat” to your original bass sound. If you wish, you can also try dropping the pure sine wave bassline down an octave. You may also add other effects as you see fit, but don’t overdo it!

If your original bass sound was fairly weak to begin with, you’ll now hear that it has some more “oomph” to it. And in all honesty, “oomph” is pretty important when it comes to a lot of modern music.

Of course, depending on the genre of your track and your original bass sound, this technique may not be necessary, and it might even do your bass sound more harm than good. But the important thing is that you experiment and see for yourself if it helps the foundation of your track. If not, then by all means, scratch it.

That concludes today’s mini-lesson. Thank you and farewell!

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