Making A Distorted Synth Bass With Logic Pro's ES2

If you tuned in and downloaded the FREE ES2 patches by Mo Volans back in July 2012 you'll have come across a lovely distorted synth bass. Discover how to program this patch from scratch in Logic Pro!  

I recently produced an MPV Free Stuff pack continuing a number of ES2 patches. One of these was my take on a classic acid synth bass. Let's take a look at how you can construct a patch like this yourself and push the envelope with a heavy dose of distortion and some extra effects.

A Simple Oscillator Mix

So as with any other patch or sound I walk you through I'm starting from scratch. Instead of initializing the ES2 I'm actually going to start with one of the tutorial patches from Logic's stock preset library. 

Loading the tutorial patch

Loading the tutorial patch

These patches are actually incredibly useful for exactly this sort of thing. They give you a great starting point with some basic oscillators and even some simple routings in place. Usually they supply just enough to get you going without influencing your creative direction too much.

A nice pattern ready for the acid treatment!

A nice pattern ready for the acid treatment!

The tutorial patch plays back in all its single oscillator glory:

I've used the most basic '

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More


Very cool stuff! Thanks Mo!

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