Which octave do you usually write basslines in?

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  1. mr meh

    mr meh Well-Known Member

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    Dumb question, but is there a general octave everyone uses to write basslines? Or is it always different?
     
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    octave... c4? or do you mean scale?
     
  3. richie_stix

    richie_stix gomby plz

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    my tunes are often (but some vary)

    G as the root note
    C1/2 as my octave (on the piano roll depending on how the synth is put together)
    and have no fucking clue about scales
     
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    the right one.. ^^
     
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    F & A Usually
     
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    It dosnt really matter that much, if you are using a low note as your route note like C or D you might want to go with an octave high if your going For an A, F, G or E you prob wanna go low, alot of it depends on the sound of bass and such. I use a range of route notes certain routes pertain to certain styles such as liquid and lighter stuff is often (not always) in D,C,A Grimier/darker tunes are often (but not always) In E, G, F, A. I tend to go with A for alot of my tunes its a versatile key and alot of other tunes are in A, helps for an easily mixable tune and such. hope this helps... There is also a Major and Minor Scale read out somewhere in the FL studio thread that is a good bit to throw on the NOTEPAD for reference.
     
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    38 hz E is pretty low, so I try and keep the bassline melody so that it doesn't go lower than that. Transpose it if necessary. E, F, F sharp and G are my favourite sub notes. That doesn't mean that the key will be one of those either, it might be in A with a melody descending down to E or anything really.
     
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    ok thanks for the replies

    the reason i asked i because i know a lot of dnb producers use low octaves for basslines

    well i was following some youtube tutorials for making basslines but the patches sounded total shit in low octaves, also the same thing for most of the preset patches i checked out

    like most of them only sounded good in c4 and c5 octaves?
     
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    elmaruk slannndaaaaaaar

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    Then make your own patch's :p I usually do sub & bass as two separate instruments, make sure they is in mono too.
     
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    richie_stix gomby plz

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    i remember a time when logikz answered a question with complete jibberish

    and i remember a time when logikz answered a question fluently, legibily and most importnatly relevantly

    now... its both
     
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    its like last night when we used a vsti synth with a few effects on top, sounded just fine,
    but thats highly uncharacteristic for us, we like to resample something fierce.
     
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