Video Tutorial: How To Make Deep House Bass In Massive

11/10/2015
This step-by-step tutorial will take you through making a couple of classic Deep House bass sounds in Massive. Made famous by artists such as Huxley, MK, Disclosure, Shadow Child, Dusky, Duke Dumont, Gorgon City, Hot Since 82 and many more. Give your tracks that rich low end they deserve! Bass 1 (Organ Bass) First things first, we need to set up the oscillators to give us a good starting point: 1. Sine-Square - Wt-position far left 2. Sine-Triangle - Wt-position far left turn up amp 3. Sine-Triangle - Wt-position far left turn up amp Next up is applying the modulation oscillator to add that organ tone: 4. Apply Phase Mode to Osc 1 - turn up full 5. Turn up phase pitch to +12 The filter does a lot of the hard work altering the tone and shape of the sound: 6. Set Filter 1 to Lowpass-4, turn up cutoff and resonance to just below half way. 7. Slide Filter mix up to the top. Envelopes are then used to give the sound some more life: 8. Apply Env 1 to filter 1 cutoff and push up about a 1/3rd of range 9. Bring down Attack and Decay level to soften it up and play with Attack/Decay/Release times 10. Apply Env 2 to Phase Mod amount and do the same. 11. Env 4 bring up Decay Level to make a fuller sound. The routing and voicing panels can be used to really fine tune the synth: 12. Routing - turn on bypass for Osc 3 (sub) 13. Voicing - turn Unisono to 4 (may need to turn down master volume afterwards) 14. Voicing - turn on pitch cutoff and turn up slightly. Apply LFO 1 a small amount and turn the rate down. Adding some Delay and Reverb effects can help to make the bass sit really nicely in the mix: 15. FX 1 add Delay Sync, switch Right to 1/8 and turn up feedback slightly (preview with dry/wet) 16. FX 2 add Reverb and turn size and density down slightly. 17. EQ switch on and boost Low Shelf slightly. Finally, Macros allow you to set up some parameters for easy automation: 18. Macro 1 - Phase Mod amount , turn up to about 1/2 way 19. Macro 2 - Env 1 (filter) Decay Time and Decay Level (about a 1/3rd of range each) 20. Macro 3 - Delay Dry/Wet 21. Macro 4 - Reverb Dry/Wet Bass 2 (Warm Bass) Start off by getting your oscillators making a rich sound: 1. Square-Saw II - Bend -/+ and Wt-position far right. Drop pitch to -12. 2. Square-Saw II - Bend -/+ and Wt-position far right. Detune slightly and drop pitch to -12. 3. Sine-Triangle - Wt-position far left turn and drop pitch to -12 Next, get the filter involved to remove those harsh high frequencies: 4. Set Filter 1 to Lowpass-4, turn up cutoff and resonance to just below half way. 5. Slide Filter mix up to the top. Using the envelopes, add some life and shape to the sound: 6. Apply Env 1 to filter 1 cutoff and apply a small amount 7. Bring down Attack and Decay level to soften it up and play with Attack/Decay/Release times. 8. Env 4 bring up decay level to create more constant sound. Using distortion we can thicken things up nicely, with a bit of extra reverb for space: 9. FX 1 add Classic Tube, turn Dry/Wet up slightly and Drive down below 1/2 way. 10. FX 2 add Reverb and turn size and density down and mix up. 11. EQ switch on and boost Low Shelf slightly. In the routing and Voicing panels, fine tune your patch to get that fullness and clarity Deep House demands: 12. Routing - turn on bypass for Osc 3 (sub) 13. Voicing - turn Unisono to 4 (may need to turn down master volume afterwards) 14. Voicing - turn on pitch cutoff and turn up slightly. Apply LFO 1 a small amount and turn       the rate down.  Finally, set up a macro to control the filter cutoff which you can automate throughout your track: 15. Map macro 1 to filter 1 cutoff.

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