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So you’ve exhausted the conventional simple start of “generic wave into modulated filter cut-off” as the extent of your dubstep wobble and are looking for something a bit more interesting to make your sounds stand out?

You’ve come to the right place, my friend!   Here are 5 sweet suggestions that will help you keep wobbling innovatively into the future!
1. Comb Filter

Fancy giving your wobble some metallic over/under tones?    Or perhaps turn it into some sort of obscure high pitched alarm sound?

Throw on a comb filter with a short delay and high feedback to turn your bass into a robot, being careful with that delay time, since a tiny difference can mean the difference between a mean mechanical menace and WALL-E.

For that alarm, take the delay time up a bit more and leave it there with a decent feedback amount.   Make sure you inform the local police in advance or they might ask questions about the recent break in!

2. Distortion

For piercing overtones, head towards some digital distortion in the shape of a bit crusher and reduce the resolution to taste.   A whole new parameter to control even more dirtiness will be at your disposal!

Go for a more conventional tube distortion to add some rocky thick wall-of-sound-ness (Totally a word) to your bass.   Be sure to try notching out the fizzy parts of the distortion with a parametric EQ afterwards to make it more focused!

3. Formant filter

Fancy making the wobble sound like a laughing black man?   Put a formant filter in the signal chain, then turn the “Gender” to fully male with the x slightly above half and the y slightly below half.   It’s like the most sarcastic laugh ever.

However, try modulating the formant to get some really messed up sounds!

4. Phaser

Space-Dubstep?   I think so!   Add plenty of feedback and sync the LFO to the existing wobble LFO to get some crazy sounds that wouldn’t be out of place in Pac-Man!

Or go for a lower rate to get that familiar sweeping sound on top of that other, familiar wobbling sound!

5. Granular synthesis

For some really crazy sounds try playing with a granular synthesizer and modulate the grains with the LFO.   Now there’s some messed up noise!   These can work really well when layered with more conventional dubstep wobbles.


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9 Responses to “Top 5 Tips for a Dirtier Dubstep Wobble Bass”

  1. Hey dave, is the Granular synthesis in Reason 4? or is it an upgrade?

  2. Thanx for the tips dave ! your tutorials have really helped my music and understanding of synthesisers on reason 4. You explain everything clearly and have taught me alot. if you have the time, check out my music and plz leave comments/feedback as i think constructive criticism will help me with my music in the future. Thanx again !!
    JoRdY BoY

  3. how do you get granular syntesis???

  4. What about wavetable modulation… quote from Excision on—- “wobble everything, not just the filter cutoff”

  5. the malstrom is the granular synthesis… DAMN!!………. yous a dumb sum bitch…

  6. High there, Ableton is amazing for dirty noises. Goodbye. Haha. Hahahaha.

  7. Dave,
    All of these tips are super helpful, but I’m wondering how to create an excision style wobble, like in his ’10 shamb mix. I don’t want to emulate his sound, but I think his synths would help me discover some frickin’ sweet sounds of my own. Email me back!

  8. Another thing to try on Reason’s Thors is Combine the Thor and use the Mod Wheel to control the LFO2 rate. Then, using the program pane, set the LFO2 to modulate the Drive on whichever filter everything’s piped through :)

  9. which comb filter would i use for fl studio, does anybody know?

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