In an answer you say that the bass on Squirrel and Biscuits is "a triple-tracked 7 oscillator patch on my Doepfer A-100 modular."

Seven oscillators are already more than I ever used for a single synth instrument, and then you also "triple tracked" it? What do multiple tracks allow you to do? What do you do on each track? Different frequencies?

I am always scared of using more than one track for a bass. I am scared of filling up the frequency spectrum and not leaving space for other instruments! My music isn't only bass. But you make this big bass that presumably fills also some higher frequencies and then fit other istruments too. Can you explain a bit more about this layering technique, specifically for bass?

Ott responded on 09/16/2013

Don't be scared. What's the worst that could happen?

The point with the "Squirrel and Biscuits" bass is that the actual line is as simple as it could possibly be - it's one sustained root note that goes "Baaaaarrrrp!"

Because it is so simple it can afford to be huge and not get in the way. So, I made a seven oscillator bass sound on the Doepfer because it is the hugest synth I have and I recorded it to an audio track. Then I recorded it again to another track but pitched up by 10 cents. This I repeated but pitched down by 10 cents.

I panned the first +10c track hard left and the second -10c track hard right and hi-pass filtered them. This gave the sound width.

I then added an octave down sine wave for good measure.

Finally I built all the other sounds around the big dumb bass sound making sure to keep them all out of its way.

There aren't too many sounds in there competing for space and the ones that are tend to be focussed around the midrange, away from the bass.

1000 characters remaining