Do you struggle to make thick, evolving bass lines like those made by producers like Noisia? You're not alone. Scores of producers create simple, generic bass lines that sound thin and don't hold the interest of their listeners. In modern dance music heavy, aggressive bass lines dominate the mix and shake the earth. Sadly bass sounds that don’t live up to today’s standard can hurt your music and cost you fans. Fortunately there’s an answer. Modern software synthesizers like Native Instruments’ Massive offer amazing modulation capabilities and can be used to make incredible bass lines. Pair the synthesis power of Massive with Ableton Live’s resampling workflow and the results can be astounding.
Whether you're making pop, rock or dance music, bass is the anchor of your tune. It provides rhythm, groove and lays the foundation for the rest of the mix to be built upon. Producers often run into issues with bass. Not only is bass difficult to monitor in a reliable way in most home studios, but certain attributes of the sound itself can cause problems. Much like when dealing with drums (see These Are Your Drums on Compression), producers reach for compressors when processing their bass for specific reasons.
Few things are as satisfying or as exciting as loud bass. Earth shaking bass is a cornerstone of modern dance music and hip hop. If you want your tunes to measure up to professional releases you need to take care of the low end. Thankfully a powerful low end can be achieved without too much work. In this article we will run you through some of the ways the pros get their basses round, heavy and tight.