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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Oct 2019 > HYBRID DIGITAL BASS IN LOGIC PRO X


Hard-edged digital bass sounds have underpinned many modern musical genres, but how do you best create these sounds in Logic Pro X?


Despite the revival of analogue synthesis, there’s still a significant amount of love and respect for the thoroughly modern ‘digital’ synth – most notably, Native Instruments’ Massive and Xfer Records’ Serum. The appeal of these instruments is easy to see – while analogue synths are the kings of warmth, digital synths really tend to come to the fore when it comes to hard-edged sounds, often using techniques such as Wavetable and FM synthesis to produce a unique palette of sounds.

In this workshop, we explore Massive or Serum-like sounds using Logic Pro X’s own collection of virtual instruments, as well as some strategic use of the Phat FX plug-in.

While true aficionados of Massive and Serum will shudder at the thought of mimicking such well-respected software synths, it’s as much an insight into a different way of producing synth sounds, particularly with respect to moving away from the use of a filter (which is a key part of analogue subtractive synthesis) and instead focusing on ‘waveshaping’ to provide the key interest and timbral movement to a sound.

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The art of writing songs is something that is all too often ascribed to some mythical gift that manifests itself within people at a certain age, with little thought given to the long periods of trial and error, dedication to the craft and persistence to forge a career in the industry that mark out many successful songwriters. In this issue, we have a thorough exploration of the topic, featuring a dissection of the building blocks of every hit song, as well as industry insight from a range of experts who illuminate the professional songwriting world of 2019. We discuss maintaining a career balancing writing with being an artist in your own right with Ed Harcourt and learn from Bernard Butler, Paul Statham and others about their approaches to educating the next generation of hit-makers. Elsewhere in the issue, we continue our journey through the world of synthesis. This time, we focus on wavetable and vector synthesis as well as a foray into the birth of drum machines and their intrinsic relationship with the synth world. We also put several of our go-to budget small-diaphragm condensers to the test in our very first microphone shootout. In our review section this month, we get rhythmic with IK Multimedia’s UNO Drum and wallow in the sonic delights of the Dreadbox Nyx V2 among many other new pieces of kit. Of course, we also have a range of tutorials and tips, too. I hope you enjoy the issue.