Discover How Oscillators Can Help You Create A Signature Bass Sound

How do oscillators work when designing bass sounds? Multiplier demystifies the process with a quick and easy-to-follow video.  

The ability to design and tweak your own synth bass sounds will give your productions their own character and help you to create a signature sound of your own. In this 4 minute video from expert producer Adam Pollard AKA Multiplier, you’ll get the lowdown on how oscillators are the key starting point for any synth sound, and how exactly they work. Running you through the different kinds of waveforms available in most synths, Adam reveals how there is a huge variety of waveform combinations available to you. 

Using the examples of several different popular synths like FM8 and Carbon Electra, you’ll find the process of oscillator tweaking demystified in a way that’s easy to understand. Presets are cool but there’s nothing like being able to dive into the building blocks of a sound to really make it your own. With this short video you can learn how to do just that!

Watch the complete course on designing bass sounds in Dance Music here

Dance Music Sound Design 101 – Designing Bass 

Next to the beat, the bass is the most important foundational timbre in dance music. It can be deep and round and smooth. Or it can be malicious, edgy and filled with an abundance of high frequencies and internal rhythms.

There's really no such thing as right or wrong bass timbres. But there are definitely serious-sounding basses and other less serious ones that are wimpy, weak and anaemic. This in-depth course teaches you the art and theory behind the making of those super-powerful, killer bass sounds!

You'll learn the fundamentals of oscillation and pitch and see how modulation is applied to the VCA and filter to generate movement and envelope. There are also sections on synthesis, bass-appropriate FX and bass design theory! The course concludes with a collection of examples that explains and explores some serious dance music bass styles!

So take a class with our exclusive dance music expert, Multiplier (Adam Pollard), and learn the ins-and-outs of designing bass sounds that’ll give your tracks bottom, propel your music forward and energize the dance floor!

Watch the complete course on designing bass sounds in Dance Music here




Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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