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18 replies on “Sub Bass”

Beautiful! I’ve always struggled with getting my sub to sound good in the mix and being able to dial in the distortion this way is genius. Thank you!

Sure yeah! For example, you can use Erosion before the Amp in the chain that I showed in the video about harmonics. That would add some white noise with a nice rattling sound. Or you can also just add the noise in Serum to it. It definitely tends to sound better when it’s a little distorted with the sub

Another really good way to process a sub is to layer a clean sine wave with stereo pink noise then saturate them together and then lowpass at about 240hz with a 24db/oct slope.

Are all of your dubstep tracks in the keys between D# and F# since that’s what note your bass is always in?

Thanks for such an informative masterclass.

Can you please help me with the following doubt, I am a bit weak in music theory.
If the song’s scale is G major, then to stay in key, the sub-bass note should be played in one of the G Major scale notes (G,A,B,C,D,E,F#) right? And the best possible notes could be E and F# in this case?

That’s correct! Though I would make the note that the sub is on for the majority of the time the root note (like if your sub is on E the majority of the time, I’d write the track in E major instead of G major.

You mentioned that the sub bass should be in between F#0 and D#0 (for a basic sin wave) but in your video tutorial on making it you chose D2.
I’m sure there is some disconnect with my understanding on notes and what not but what should it be? When I try a sin wave D#0 it is far too low to hear. Thanks!

It depends on the DAW, in FL Studio D#0 is on a lower octave than in Ableton Live, but it also depends on the synthesizer. You can just find the right octave by making sure that the sine wave is playing at around 50Hz

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