This saw-like bass/lead thing?

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This saw-like bass/lead thing?

Post by slayit » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:08 pm

Does anyone know how to make the saw bass thing from "Rootkit - Do it"

It's the saw thing playing behind the 8th note lead at 0:46
tried using detuned saw waves but just can't seem to get it right...

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Re: This saw-like bass/lead thing?

Post by counterparty » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:27 pm

Lots of material on this supersaw sound (google "supersaw" in this forum and you'll see what I mean). There are two keys to that sound: 1) Layering; 2) Note Selection... I think it is the second part that is often the most missed element (amusing because people simply assume it is all sound design).

You want to have 2-3 oscillators playing saw waves, spread them across notes so that you are really filling up the entire frequency spectrum, and be sure to EQ them so that they don't clash. I typically make 3... one for bass, one for mids and one for highs.... each patch is hitting a chord for each note, so you effectively have 3 massive power chords playing at the same time (filling up all frequencies) and that is what makes it sound massive. There are a million ways to do this, but really up to you... just make sure you have a gritty waveform, use tasteful distortion, and use complementing sounds that mesh well together when all three are played at the same time.

Last step would be to sidechain the entire thing. I like to bus the mids and highs together but keep my bass supersaw separate (reason is that occasionally I like to drop it out, tape stop it, etc... but i like my main chord to continue playing). Sidechain the entire thing to the kickdrum (or ghost notes etc, whatever your preference is)

If you need more help, look up artists like Xilent and Seven Lions who are really good at that sound :Q:
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Re: This saw-like bass/lead thing?

Post by NinjaEdit » Fri Jun 06, 2014 11:59 pm

It's a pad and it's playing chords. You can get a basic super saw to sound a bit like it by playing triads at the right register.

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Re: This saw-like bass/lead thing?

Post by slayit » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:53 pm

udubstep! Thanks mate!!!

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Re: This saw-like bass/lead thing?

Post by cmgoodman1226 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:04 am

Also. that supersaw is layered with a different bass sound underneath which gives it more weight. If you have massive, use a waveform like "kangaroo" because its got a nice bit of highend to fatten the sound up but not so much that it would clash with the supersaw.
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