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Anyone know a good synth for making dubstep bass?

I've grown fond of dubstep recently. Especially after hearing it in clubs with really nice soundsystems with great bass. Really my only synths right now are dx200, pro-53, and reason's. I want to make that killer dirty, warbly bass via starky or vex'd, or really any dubstep artist (it may not be diverse, but damn it's good).....wahwahwahwahwaaahwaaahwaaah!! Any suggestions?
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Hardware of software ?
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Lots of dubstep producers use NI Massive.
Its way overused in my opinion though.
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Dubstep bass makes me think of distorted vowel sounds...

Waaaourgh! Blooouuuaaargh! Etc, etc...

Didn't someone bring out a softsynth that modelled vowel sounds not so long ago?
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Anything with good PWM would be good for that.
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For Dubstep bass I think its really about modulation options on the synth.

Also, it really helps to separate the bass into frequency bands and work with filters, distortion, etc.
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Massive v. popular. A friend uses Blue a lot. (edit: modulation options, as per above post)
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Korg MS10 or MS20 can do that stuff no probs.


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you want a synth that can has at least one lfo with key sync, BPM sync, Phase adjustment and polarity to route to the Filter etc to get properly tight, synced basses.
A dual filter with serial/parallel options can widen the scope

two or more oscillators can be good - one for the sub octave and another for the analogue FM style top end harmonics

these features will give you the tools you need, the rest is just personal preference

BLue, Massive, Predator, softwise - also the new FXpansion synths have a wicked LFO that has a swing function which can do some interesting wobbles
VIrus, Nord G2 can both do proper wobble

just be aware that without the LFO triggering and sync stuff, it becomes a lot harder and more time consuming to produce the bass right.
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much missed old classic - Syntechno TEEBEE 303, a brutal bass synth
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Of the ones you already use, you should be able to get something out of Pro-53 and Reason.
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Roland SH series gets pretty wobbly and nasty
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the pro-one with all the cross mod options nails the sound really well and puts a lot of character in the track.

problem is that it lacks the key syncable LFO which sucks. If you pair it witha some modules then it may be a perfect solution. Because the sound is there.
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Vember audio Surge..beats albino/massive/predator wicked soundquality
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Casiotone -> pitch shift down -> small stone -> pitch shift down -> mix in another small stone -> modulate pitch shifter

Why do it the way everyone else does?
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I make my wobbles with a Didgeridoo and an orange construction cone.
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Hey,

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I use Rob Papen Blue & Albino, Mini Monsta, Korg Legacy Collection and also Kontakt 3.

Some of the best subs I use come from samples otherwise I mainly use the mini monsta for the sub bass as it is one of the phattest sounding softsynths out there.

For wobble bass, any synth that you can modulate the filter cutoff with an LFO would work.

The other thing to remember is DISTORTION!!!


If you check out my tracks on myspace you will notice that one of the E.Ps on there is FREE to download.
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Blofeld has all the necessaries.

Parallel filter routing, heavy filter drive, a very nice sine wave, complex wavetable and FM stuff to go on top, syncable LFOs. etc. etc.

Largo is probably even better with the sub oscs.
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My favourite kind of dubstep bass is fairly simple though. Deep sine subs and some filtered square wave on top, that kind of thing. Definitely go easy on the distortion, it's about immersion and pressure not constant screeching noise. Well not always.
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Pure sine subs and/or wobbles are dominant.
I think software is the best solution for wobble bass, Albino 3 is awesome for that. Usually the starting point is a full big squares+sines bass and then a lfo with filter cutoff in synch (1/4T 1/8T etc). Distortion always welcome.
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Thanks

Even though it's ancient history, thanks to everyone who replied to this post, I think Predator, Massive, and/or Albino is in my sights. I've grown fond of Thor and Maelstrom in Reason, too. Pro-53 is great but not as suited for fat dubsteppin bass lines.
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Massive is very popular for this. One instrument you might consider which I haven't seen mentioned is Z3ta+. I have it and use it alot. It has extensive cross-modulation and EG control and is a superb sub/warble/bass generator.
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well you need an oscillator, a low pass filter and an lfo

so any synth will do
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well you need an oscillator, a low pass filter and an lfo

so any synth will do

Nope

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Nope

well you can always automate the cutoff so therefore i win
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2 square waves, with a bandpass filter modulated by a sync'd LFO, use a bit on a negative envelope on the filter with some attack to give the sound an initial pop. Can't believe only one person mentioned working on the frequency bands.

Don't sleep on modulating the band pass filter. It's essential for that sound.
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