Lowpassing a bass

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  1. Quotec

    Quotec Active Member

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    Sup?

    I am currently just experimenting around with some other types of bass(because standard reese is quite boring) and so I managed to create some decent movement with processing a bass consisting square wave by detuned saw wave. We all know from the theory that this kind of bass(well, it´s not really a bass but rather a bass synth?) contains a lot of harmonics and does sound pretty good across whole freq. spectrum. Judging by what I hear I decided that above 12kHz it doesn´t sound good and so I cut that part out. I also lowpassed that thing because it sounds really greasy and by lowpassing around 2kHz it feels quite good. But that is where problem pops up. By lowpassing that so much I lose some vital higher freqs. and it starts to sound kind of muddy. By lowpassing it higher than 2kHz it doesn´t sound super good too. So it got me thinking what kind of techniques are there to handle these greasy frequencies of saw and square waves so that they don´t annoy, but at the same time retaining some of these vital higher freqs?

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    Haha, my grammar... Sorry, I am in a hurry.
     
  2. S.Conspiracy

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    Just a guess, try a bandreject filter if you have the option to! They're normally good for that type of thing.
     
  3. Dark Lizardro

    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    Defo the way to go here.
     
  4. smoothassilk

    smoothassilk Active Member

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    I swear this is just the job for an EQ? Or is that wrong for some reason?
     
  5. Dark Lizardro

    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    I normally use a filter, not a EQ.
     
  6. Quotec

    Quotec Active Member

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    Bandreject = bandstop?
     
  7. Yukon

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    yep, better known as a notch filter
     
  8. Quotec

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    In this case I have implemented this technique and it didn´t prove beneficial. Instead I freq. splitted the bass, mixed individual parts as best as I could and now I am trying to gate the higher freq. part to make some interesting movement, because honestly it gets frustrating to hear that bass for a longer time.
     
  9. sam the dnb man

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    Just create a notch at the problematic frequencies. That is basically corrective EQing.

    Also try layering with another sound. I hear a few tunes where it is obviously just one synth and it can sound a little dull after a while.
     
  10. RUSSLA

    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    same patch pitched up 12semitones, change the processing to suit the higher frequencies, layer over the top and mix in. Like what sam said
     
  11. sam the dnb man

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    Also bounce down your bass synth and load the bounce into a granular synth. You can get some cool edits by doing so that you may want to introduce later on to help maintain interest.

    What I like to do sometimes is run the bass through Alchemy, adjust the stretch parameter so that it played at around 10% of the originals speed. Then remove a lot of the low end, have a long attack and release, modulate some parameters, add fx (chorus, delay, verb). Then use the resulting patch as a pad for the intro.
     
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