Layering a fat synth bass to a punchy dance piano hook
1) Add two instrument tracks into your DAW, one with a piano and the other with a synth. I’m Using Protool’s Mini Grand Piano and Vengence’s synth call Nexus version 2.
2) Now copy the following chords into the piano roll on the piano instrument track, C Minor ( C,Eb,G) ; Eb Major (Eb, G, ab), Bb Major (Bb, D, F) and finally Ab Major (Ab, C, Eb) as well as the bass root notes and rhythm as per ( pic 2).
3) Now cut the bass root notes and paste it to the synth’s instrument track. I’m using a preset bass called “Attackbass”. (Pic3)
4) Next I’ve inserted bit of EQ, Punch and some stereo width to give the piano a much more powerful feel to the overall hook. (pic4)
5) Notice how the synths bassline now compliments the pianos riff and adds a much wider frequency spectrum then just a plain old boring piano.
Hope you enjoyed this technique.
This tutorial was brought to you by Donovan Leon from Oaksfield College – JHB
DONOVAN LEON is a Producer/ Engineer for DCL Studios and Sound/ Music Lecturer at Oaksfield College JHB. He has had the opportunity to worked and collab with many artists/producers such as: Loyiso Bala, Crighton Goodwill (Good Noise Studios), Robin C Khol (Jazzworx), L’loyd Cele (2010 Idol Runner up), Jamali (Popstars), CH2, Denim, Thembi Seete (Boom Shaka), Kwesta, Zubz, Sasha P (Nigeria), Ziyon (Liquid Deep), 37MPH, L-Tido, Maggs, Mandoza and many, many more.