5 Essential Synths for Deep Bass Sounds

What makes a sound fat? You could say loud bass, but is that really all there is to it? Why is it that some synthesizers are massive and some sound thin? Darren Burgos explores the deeper synths.  

All oscillators are not created equally in the physical world, and they're programmed that way too! There are many other things, like tube and amp emulations, drive, detuning, filters, unison, and EQ/Compression that our skinny little waveforms get sent through to get all pumped up. In this article I'll be showing 5 synths that are well suited for making fat bass sounds. I made some quick samples... these are by no means all these instruments can do, they simply focus on depth, and use many of the functions above.

Native Instruments' Massive

NI Massive

This synth is becoming an industry standard, and for good reason. 3 Oscillators with both virtual and sample-based waveform selections. An 'Intensity'

Darren started making music on computers when he was a teenager in 1987. His first computer was an Amiga, and when he realized the power of computer-based production, his addiction for making electronic music began. Darren switched to Mac in 1994 and started using Logic Pro. He's been involved in many music projects over the years incl... Read More


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