How to Create an Electro Bass in NI Massive

Today we’ll jump right into creating a tasty Electro bass for your next banger.  We’ll use Native Instruments Massive, but essentially you can create this sound with many different FM synth engines.

Take a listen to the sound we’ll make:

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This sound design technique was used heavily on some of our popular electronic loop packs.  Be sure to check out Big Bad Basslines – Electro House Loops and Complextro V1.

Getting Started…

Step 1 – Set up your Oscillators.

Massive Presets

Set all three oscillators to a “Pulse Saw PWM” waveform.

Drop Osc 1 & 3 down an octave (-12.00) and drop Osc 2 down 2 octaves.  Replicate the Saw Position, Pulse Width, and Amp controls just as you see in the image above.

Make sure all filters are set to run through Filter 1.

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Step 2 – Set up your Modulation Oscillator and Feedback.

Turn the Phase control for Osc 3 up to 2 o’clock.

Turn up the Feedback just slightly.

Step 3 – Add a Lowpass filter.

Select Lowpass 4 for filter 1.

Turn the Cutoff all the way up.  Go up on the Resonance slightly.

Set F2 to Series and make sure your Mix is set mostly to Mix 1.

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Step 4 – Tweak your Amp Envelope.

By default our Amp Envelope is Env 4.  All we really need to do is max out our Decay Level and increase our Release just a bit.

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Step 5 – Add effects.

Throw on some Tube saturation for FX1, a Chorus Ensemble for FX2, and a Parabolic Shaper on insert 1.

For even more grit, try throwing on a external Saturator like the one in Ableton!

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Step 6 – Start making your next banger!

Other Tips:

Add some tight Reverb and Stereo delay for that larger than life feel.  Play around with the Glide and Vibrato parameters for some added character as well!

We hope you found this tutorial helpful.  Be sure to check back regularly for more great articles from Samplepacks.ca!

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