At 9/14/10 05:27 PM, jpbear wrote:
when making basses, theres always the couple good notes that the bass sounds full and and the wave remains intact on the display. The farther away from that perfect note, the less explosive the bass gets
It has to do with the harmonic & partial content of the sound. Bass sounds in particular have a lot of lower end frequencies. Typically we can't hear any sound below 20hz, but more then likely your speakers don't accurately playback that range anyways, so what you are getting is more and more low end harmonics dropping off the audible threshold.
What you will first notice when you get close to dropping off is that it sounds a tad weaker and LOT mushier, thats because theres too much harmonic content at that low of a level(and since they have such a long wavelength and such high energy and are so inaccurately heard, they dont mix well).
Is there a way to extend the range a bass synth sounds good at? Or am i doing something wrong.
Yes there is, have a bassline with a simple shape low end, like a sine or square, and fatten up the sound with low-mid to high mid range other shapes and sounds. This is going to give it the timbrel quality you are looking for without reducing the power and the simpler shape on the low end wont get QUITE as mushy, if it does, you can easily do a layer of synths instead, keeping a simple shape subbass and having it move in parallel motion with your main sounding "bassline" which is more like a low-midline. That way you can lower the low-mid a bunch and just stay in the same octave of sub bass...
Hope that helped, I write impulsively so my points are always scattered.