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Old 2012-07-21, 03:13
Purpleb Purpleb is offline
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Octave jumping bassline tone problems and question...

I am trying to make what i thought was a very simple and common 16th note octave jumping synth bassline (found in 80s italo disco, disco, etc..). Two 16th notes on lower octave and two 16th notes on higher octave etc.

Well I am having a problem with the lower octave notes, they sound two strong, sustained, and bassy. They sound like they don't blend with the higher octave notes. And the lower notes sound like they are 8th notes or staccato quarter notes played on every beat (1, 2, 3, 4)

Things I tried:
-Thought it was maybe my room acoustics (b/c i had problems with this before), but played it in car and headphones and it still there
-Tried different patches
-Tried playing with eq and compression and that does not fix it either.
-Tried shorter staccato notes, that helps a little but it doesn't sound right

So basically how do you make this type of basslines or what is the trick? Is it two different synths playing at once, one for the higher octave and one for the lower octave? A lot of italo disco songs and just a lot of dancy type of songs has this type of bassline and it always sounds great whenever I hear it in a song, don't know what I am doing wrong.


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