How to Create a Growling Bass in FM8

July 2, 2012

FM8 tutorial, Sound Design

FM8 is a powerful synth capable of creating many types of sounds.  One of its main strengths is the ability to create a plethora of dirty bass sounds, which is a big part of why it has been popular over the last year or so.  It also doesn’t hurt when a major artist like Skrillex says that all of his biggest bass sounds come from FM8.

Today, we’re going to learn how to create a monstrous growling bass synth.  Here’s what that will sound like when we’re finished:

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Step 1 – Set up your Master section.

Click on your mastering tab.  For Polyphony, set your voices to 38.  For Unison, set your voices to 35.  Next, under Quality, max out your Digital feed.

Step 2 – Set up Oscillator F.

All we need to do for oscillator F is lengthen our attack a bit.

Step 3 – Set up Oscillator E.

Choose a Triangle waveform and highlight the Pitch Env box.  Detune it slightly (Offset) to .17.

In your Amp Mod section, introduce a touch of LFO 1.

Lastly, lengthen your attack just as you see in the image below.

Step 4 – Organize your Matrix environment.

Start by routing Osc E into Osc F and then reroute each into themselves.  Next you’ll want to route Osc F into Saturator X and send that to your final output.

Use the image below as your guide.

Note: Active components in the matrix are highlighted with a white letter, whereas inactive components are noted by a black letter.

Make sure your two oscillators and filter are active.  You can activate/deactivate any component by right clicking on it within the matrix.

Step 5 – Set up your Saturator.

Max out your Saturation Level and set your Gain to 90.

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Wrap Up…

We’re sure you’ll enjoy making some bangers with this monster bass.  You could easily take this sound further by adding some Overdrive and Equalization in the Effects section of FM8.  Experiment and really make this sound your own!

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