Here are my tips to achieving wobbly moving bass spasms
- Start with a Sine wave and maybe 1 or 2 slightly detuned saw waves or a nice bass patch
- You can split the low/mid/high frequencies than add different effects to each of them for interesting effects.
- Find the sound you like then locate the lowpass filter and turn the cutoff all the way down
- Locate the LFO and route it to the filter
- Turn the LFO’s rate knob for cool moving bass effects
- Duplicate the original sine wave for you sub bass to keep it consistent
- Use a sequencer or an arpeggiator (arp) to trigger your bass for automation
- Chop up your new bass tracks to perfection and mix them with your beats
Dubstep artists such as Burial, Caspa, Skream, and Rusko use creative combinations of hardware and software to get their own signature sounds. A lot of these dubstep musicians and djs use software like Ableton Live, Acid, NI Massive in combination with other VST/RTAS effects. Some of the more advanced guys are using object oriented programing software like Max/Msp and SuperCollider or trackers like Renoise to get fresh original beats that are blowing people away.
I find that with a little creativity you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get the sounds you want. Dubturbo is an are affordable piece of software I just got that you can use to start pumping out high quality beats. It only took a few minutes to learn the interface and you can access it online as well for smart phone and ipad use! I’m having a lot of fun making beats with it and plan to do a comprehensive review in the coming weeks.
Now that you have some beats lets lay down the bass tracks. To get started you will need a software synthesizer with LFO and lowpass filter routing. If you don’t have any software synths Here are a few free vsti’s I have found and use to get fat dub bass effects.
After you download and extract the files move them to your c:/Program Files/Steinberg/VstPlugins folder. If you don’t have a program that will open the vsti’s, try one of these free open source daws, for your dubstep mixing software.
If anyone has more tips please feel free to comment.
Now that you know the basics on how to create your own wobble bass for your dub step check out the software above and give it a try. Its fun and you will be impressed.