I am experimenting with VSTs lately to try to make some nice bass presets I can use (LMMS doesn't have many). So do you have tips on how to make a nice basic bass? I experimented a lot, I usually took a sine wave for the base bass, and then stacked triangle, saw wave, etc. and experimented with oscillators with many harmonics. At the end I applied usually a low pass filter, to soften the harsh harmonics. While that procedure was kinda -ok-, the bass sounded rather flat and without depth. It hadn't this 'crispness' and thickness like the basses I hear in various songs.

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  • Maybe provide some reference tracks? – frcake Sep 18 at 22:36
  • You are using SOO many ambiguous words.....what does "crisp" , "thick" and "soft" even mean??!?!?! – ScottF Sep 20 at 14:45
  • Here is an example of ONE TYPE of bass I would like to archieve: m.youtube.com/watch?v=xh67VWfRQU0 – Ben Sep 20 at 16:26
  • ScottF true, but it's so subjective, I don't really know how to say it more precisely... I can't talk in frequency spectrums to you, lol... – Ben Sep 20 at 16:28

Try animating the filter with an envelope generator with a snappy attack, adjust decay and modulation depth to taste. Keep the cutoff frequency relatively low, using the envelope to shape the frequency response - this will let you balance a punchier attack with a deeper bottom end in the decay/release. If it gets too clicky, increase the attack time a bit.

  • Ok thanks, I will try that out tomorrow. – Ben Sep 20 at 20:57
  • By the way, it sounds better now, because in ZynAddSubFX apparently the 'saw' isn't actually a saw, but a triangle, 'power' is a real saw wave. So, when using 'power', the bass got more power, still not thrilled though. – Ben Sep 20 at 20:59

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