Filtering Basslines: For Beginners

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    Filtering bass lines is an old technique that has been used for a long time in hip hop production. It was popularized by Pete Rock in the early 90's, whose bass-heavy sound was highly sought after and copied by many.

    What do I mean by filtering? Basically, you're looking to isolate and therefore amplify the lower frequencies (bass) of a sample. It's a fairly easy process, you can do it with almost any audio editor, sampler/sequencer. For this tutorial, I used Sony Acid.

    Step 1: Duplicate the main sample.

    The main sample on track 1 is played a second time on track 2.

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    Step 2: Isolate low frequencies.

    On track 2, with a parametric EQ plug-in, turn up the lows; turn down the highs and mids.

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    Step 3: Amplify high frequencies.

    On track 1, again with EQ, slightly turn up the highs. You have to do the opposite of the previous step to create a contrast between lower and higher frequencies in order to avoid any muddiness caused by the increased bass. Once you're done with step 3, you should have a full, dynamic sound.

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    Alternatively, you can use this technique to create a standalone bass line, used in coordination with another sample or other sounds. In that case, only Step 2 is necessary. One word of caution: this technique is pretty much useless if the main sample has no or very little bass, you may have the best EQ plug-in on the market, it won't be able to boost anything if it has no substance to work with.
     
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    Nice tutorial, it's something that needs to be brought back into the game, can't forget about the Pete Rock era!
     
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    It's still in the game Fade! It's how I get 90% of my basslines!

    Nice tutorial Ex, simple enough for anyone to follow along with.
     
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    Awesome tutorial!!! Good to see this up here
     
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    Thanks Fellas , glad you liked it !
     
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    Good one! Im gonna run and do it now !!!
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