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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.