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How to Make a Unique Kick from Default Samples in Ableton

This tutorial is for producers who don’t have drums kits or drum machines. Using kicks from sample libraries is good choice for production, but many producers including me think that using other people’s samples doesn’t sound unique enough. If you want to make unique kicks you have to do it on your own.

You don’t have to buy an expensive drum machine or real drum kits. You do have to buy or download some excellent drum libraries, and use them to create some fantastic and awesome kicks which will be the foundation of your song.

Why is this so important? Listen some dance record from the top artist like Armin Van Buuren, Garreth Emery, Ferry Corsten and you will realize that the kick is the most important element of their song. How we shape the sound of a kick is one of the most creative decisions we have to make—we control aspects like how solid, how punchy, how thick and how snappy. If your kicks lack energy, or are too soft, they won’t bring satisfaction on the dance floor.

The technique which I want to show you is kick layering. The basic idea is that you layer different kick samples and mix them. The result is a completely new kick.

To understand layering you do not need to have a PhD in frequencies. You need to understand low, mid and high. You need to understand cut and boost, filter and ADSR.

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How to Create a Dubstep Wobble Bass with Subtractor in Reason

When creating Dubstep music, one of the most important instruments is the bass. A lot of Dubstep songs have a wobble bass. This is basically a bass with a filter being modulated in a rhythmic sync with the tempo. Most often you will hear triplets and 8th notes being modulated by an LFO on the filter. In this tutorial, we will cover how to create a bass sound and add the ‘Wobble’ effect in the Subtractor device within Reason.


Step 1

First create a new project in Reason then add the following devices from the tool window:

  1. 1. MClass Mastering Suite Combinator
  2. 2. Mixer 14:2
  3. 3. Subtractor Analog Synthesizer

You can hide the Mastering Suite and Mixer, as we won’t need them, by clicking the arrow in the top left of each device. Now we need to initialize the patch. (This clears out the default sound) Right click anywhere on the Subtractor and choose: Initialize Patch.

Continue through to Step 7

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How to make your own synth, instrument and effects plug-ins w/ Synthmaker – oscillator synth tutorial

Holy sh*t this is cool! Wish I had enough time to f*** around on this thing all day..damn I curse a lot..

FL Studio’s SynthMaker is an audio programming tool for Windows that lets you create your own sounds, virtual instruments and effects, without having to write any code. The instruments and effects you create can then be used for playing live via MIDI or as VST plugins.

Image Line put together this Synthmaker tutorial that looks at how to make a 2 oscillator synth.

Source: Synthtopia

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