At 12/16/10 10:53 PM, BulletCasing wrote:
Hey guys. Now, I'm still a complete newb in terms of using FL, but I have made one (attempt at a) dubstep track, but let's just say it didn't come out to well.
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1) How would I make my bass more pronounced and loud? The last time I made a bassline and added the wobble, it was extremely quiet compared to professional tracks.
This deals with mixing. Checkout what other instruments might be competing for the louder frequency ranges of your bass. Use the parametric Equalizer. If part of one instrument (say a higher up instrument) is covering where part of your bass is, you can greatly reduce the high instruments presence in your bass realm, so the bass is more noticeably the subject of that allotted frequency.
As for whats specific to the typical 'dubstep' wobble, 'reese' or whatever you'd like to call it. Start by compressing your instrument (Fruity compression), and use the "complete mix" preset. This will be tipping the volume to max without red lining (unless your instrument is really that ridonculosly quiet).
Do not raise the instrument channel volume above 100%, do not raise the mixer channel volume abve 100%, do not set your notes to above 100%. Bad practice in most cases, and likely to just cause you to do something to negate the effect elsewhere in your chain of mixing.
Anyways, after compression you have w/e effects you have, hopefully in a logical order (top happens first, bottom effect happens last). Whereever your likely low pass filter is, don't make the wobble hit 0hz ever or whatever the lowest setting is, as this will cut all audio output,
stopping at 50hz is probably fine. Raise the resonance a smidgen from the default setting.
Compress after your filter. You'll be losing a lot of perceived volume by filtering out the higher frequencies. Typically if you add distortion or something, do it after your filter. Then when you compress you'll be raising the overtones left from the distortion on your bass. So you'll still have the shape of the wobble generally speaking, but with more definition.
Good idea to also layer a 3xosc sine wave sub bass onto your bass line thats less affected by the filter, to make sure the presence holds.
If you can give more information on what you are doing specifically though, I, or someone else (maybe someone who actually has dubstep 'experience'), can help sort out your issue.
Screen shots are nice.
2) How should I fill in the quiet spots in my song? I feel with just the bassline and kick/snare pattern, it's much to quiet. Is it just a matter of adding some synth sounds and leads, or is it more of a matter of just personal preference?