Electro Stereo - Mind Control

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Electro Stereo - Mind Control

Postby ElectroStereo » Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:36 am

Here is the song:

Here are the Two Wobble Basses I used
Wobble Bass Robotic.cmb
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Wobble Bass Dirty.cmb
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Here is the Tutorial:

For my dirty wobble bass, I combine two different wobble basses. You can hear the difference between 4:14 and 4:30. It starts with both, and then I took out the dirtier one.

This tutorial is for making a dirty wobble bass in Propellerhead's Reason 5

To construct the first wobble bass, create a combinator.
Then create within the combinator a line mixer 6:2 because we will be combining sounds.

Then create an instance of thor polysonic synthesizer, initialize it, and open the programmer.
We will be using three oscillators, two analog and one phase mod.
Click the 2 and 3 buttons to the right of the top oscillator to run all three oscillators through the filter.

Make the first oscillator a sawtooth waveform.

Make the second a Pulse wave, setting the pulse width to 64. This makes a perfect square wave.Then turn this oscillator down one octave.
Turn the tune knob to -11 cents making this oscillator a slightly lower tune than the first one. This makes it sound more full.

The third oscillator should be a phase modulation oscillator. A phase modulator comblines two waveforms by playing them in a series.
The first waveform (on the left), should be a sawtooth wave (the 1st one). The second, should be a square wave (the 2nd one).
Then turn the tune knob to 11 cents, so its a slighty higher pitch than the other two oscillators.
Turn the PM knob to 75. This changes the shape of the wave in a way similar to a filter. Such a high setting makes it sound real gritty.

Now that the oscillators are done, lets move to thor's mixer.
Turn the balance knob to 40, making the first oscillator a little stronger than the second.
Slide the slider for oscillators 1 and 2 to -5.5dB and the slider for oscillator 3 to 0dB

Now move to Filter 1.
Set the Drive to 78, so the filter drive is a little harder, adding a little more character to the sound.
Set the Frequency to 2.1 kHz, allowing most of the sound to pass through the filter.
Turn the velocity to 47, This increases the amount the incoming note velocity affects the Filter Envelope Amount.
Turn the Envelope to 33, This increases the amount the filter frequency responds to the Filter Envelope.

Turn on the shaper and set it to Wrap.
Then turn the drive to 50. This makes the sound even more gritty.

Turn Filter 3 to a low pass State Variable Filter, and set the frequency to 702 Hz,
Make the Velocity 47. This Filter cleans up the sound by taking away the higher frequencies.

Turn the Amp Envelope's sustain slider to full so it doesn't lose any volume over time.
Make the attack 70ms, the decay 4.35s, and the release to 13.9ms

On the Filter Envelope make the attack 35ms, the decay to 2.9 s, the sustain to -11.8s, and the release to 4.35s

Now we have a basic Bass Synth sound, but it doesn't wobble. There are many ways to make it wobble. Experiment and figure out what you like.
I will explain the easiest way to get a basic wobble.

We will be using LFO 1, that is a low frequency oscillator, this generates cycles of waves to modulate something.
On LFO 1 turn on KEY SYNC, so the LFO cycle resets every note.
Then turn on TEMPO SYNC, syncing the rate with the sequencer tempo.
The rate knob adjust the rate, or amount the wave repeats in a measure.
The most common rates for dubstep are 1/4 and 1/8, but feel free to experiment. It sounds really cool if you occasionally change the rate in the song.
Now we have LFO 1 generating a wave at whatever rate you chose; however, the wave is not controlling anything.

Move to the Modulation Bus Routing section, that is the green at the bottom of Thor.
In the section on the left, the source determines what the controller is, the destination determines what is controlled, and the amount determiness the amount it is controlled.
Turn the amount to 100. Set the source to LFO 1, and the destination to Filter 3 Frequency.
If you already have notes in the sequencer, you should now hear that the bass wobbles.

Now we have our basic sound. We are done with thor.

Create a Spider Audio Merger and Splitter.
Route Thor into the input on the splitter.
Route the first output into the line mixer.
Create a stereo imager and route the second output from the splitter into the stereo imager's imput.

Create another stereo imager and three instances of Scream 4 Distortion. Hold shift when you create them to avoid auto-routing.
Route the output from the first stereo imager into the input of the first scream 4 distortion unit and the seperate out into the second stereo imager's input, set on high band.
Route the first scream 4 distortion unit's output into the mixer.
Route the output of the second stereo imager into the second scream 4 distortion unit.
Route the seperate out from the second stereo imager into the third scream 4 distortion unit.
Route both scream 4 distortion units into the mixer.

A stereo Imager can do a lot of things. It is used as a low band or high band filter, and it can be used to widen the sound.
If you select Solo low band, you will only hear the sound of the frequencies below the frequency set by the cross over frequency knob in the middle of the unit.
On the back of the unit, the seperate out is another output. The two settings for the output are low band and high band.
If you select low band on the front and the seperate out, both outputs will carry the same sound.
However, if the seperate out is the opposite of the front setting, the sound would be only the frequencies that are not filtered out from the front.
If the front is low band, and the seperate out is high band, then the two outputs together, will make the original sound.
This is useful if you want to use the full sound but in different proportions, or with different effects.

Set both stereo imagers to low band. Now this makes the first Scream 4 distortion unit control the low frequencies, the second controls the mid frequencies, and the third controls the high frequencies.

To avoid confusion, you may want to name your devices.
If on the mixer you solo all of the scream 4 distortion units(on bypass mode), but mute, the original sound, it will sound the same as muting the scream 4 distortion units and soloing the original sound.

Initialize all the scream 4 distortion units.

Scream 4 Distortion unit 1 (Low Frequencies)
make sure that the damage, cut and body are all on.
Turn the damage control to full, and the damage type to distorion.
Turn P1 (controlling tone) and P2 (controlling presence) to full.
For the cut:
Set the Low cut to 32
Set the mid cut to -32
Set the high cut to -64
This makes the bass more prominent.
On the body:
Set Resonance to 0
Set the Scale to 62
Leave the Auto at 0
Set the Type to E

Scream 4 Distortion unit 2 (Mid Frequencies)
Make sure that the damage, cut and body are all on.
Turn the damage control to full, and the damage type to Tube.
Turn P1 (controlling Contour: which is kinda like a high pass filter, changing the tone and character of the distortion) to full
Turn P2 (controlling Bias: which is hard to explain, basically it changes the symmetry of the tube distortion) to 77.
For the cut:
Set the Low cut to -64
Set the mid cut to 32
Set the high cut to -64
This leaves only the mid range sounds.
On the body:
Set Resonance to 0
Set the Scale to 62
Leave the Auto at 0
Set the Type to B

Scream 4 Distortion unit 3 (High Frequencies)
make sure that the damage and cut are on, but body is off.
Turn the damage control to 105, and the damage type to Tape.
Turn P1 (controlling the speed of the tape. The higher it is set, the brighter it sounds) to 103.
Turn P2 (controlling Compression. The higher it is set, the higher the compression ratio will be) to 44.
For the cut:
Set the Low cut to -64
Set the mid cut to -11
Set the high cut to 11
This makes the high frequencies most prominent.
The body should be off.

Now to the mixer. This is another unit that you will have to experiment with and see what you like.
This is how mine is set:
Low Freq:110
Mid Freq:115
High Freq:100
There are no Auxiliary devices, so all the Aux knobs should be at 0
And all the panning should be in the middle, unless you want certain frequencies to be more prominent on one side or the other.

Click on the mixer. Then create, holding shift, a UN-16 Unison unit, An MClass Equalizer, an MClass Maximizer, and 2 BV512 Digital Vocoders.
Now route the output of the mixer to the input on the UN-16 Unison unit.
Route the output of the UN-16 Unison Unit to the input of the MClass Equalizer.
Route the output of the MClass Equalizer to the input of the MClass Maximizer.
Route the output of the MMClass Maximizer to the carrier input of the first BV512 Digital Vocoder.
Route the output of the first BV512 Digital Vocoder to the carrier input of the second BV512 Digital Vocoder.
Route the output of the second BV512 Digital Vocoder to the "From Devices" input on the Combinator.
Now to edit our units.

UN-16 Unison Unit
Voice Count should be 16
Detune should be 12
Dry/Wet should be 107, so this unit is quite effective.

MClass Equalizer
Enable the Lo Shelf, Parametric 2, and the Hi Shelf
Lo Shelf:
Frequency: 140Hz
Gain: -12.5dB
q: 0.6
Parametric 2:
Frequency: 220
Hi Shelf:
Frequency: 12kHz

MClass Maximizer
Turn the input gain to 11.8dB
Disable the Limiter
Enable Soft Clip
Turn Amount to 127

Using the Vocoders is an optional addition, I just used them as equalizers.
You need to turn both vocoders to equalizer mode.
You can experiment with the equalizers.

This is what I set them as:

BV512 Digital Vocoder 1
16 Band
Equalizer Mode
I lowered the level of some of the lower frequencies, then raised the level of the higher frequencies.

BV512 Digital Vocoder 2
4 Band
I slightly raised the lowest band, and lowered the highest band a little more than I raised the low band, and left the middle two alone.

That is how you make the first Part of the Dirty Wobble Bass.

For the second part, Duplicate the First part.
Go to the Maximizer and enable the Limiter and 4ms look ahead. This makes it less gritty, and more robotic.
Then turn the output gain to 8dB

And That's it! You can use the two parts together or seperately. And experiment by changes things here and there!
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Re: Electro Stereo - Mind Control

Postby Skaul » Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:41 pm

*runs home to create 2nd entry
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