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Point Blank Techtorial: How to Turn an 808 Into a Mid-Range DnB Growl Bass


For this tutorial, Point Blank show how you can create a growling mid-range bass in Ableton Live using a simple 808 bass sound.

The growling bass with lots of mid-range presence is used across a range of genres but is particularly popular in the realms of drum and bass, dubstep and EDM. In the video below, Point Blank’s expert lecturer Ali Jamieson takes you through the steps to create this tear-out sound, which is certain to make your friends, family and co-producers pull their best bass face.

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During the video, Ali loads up an 808 bass sample into Ableton’s Sampler and explores how you can start distorting your sound using Drum Buss and splitting the frequencies. Tailoring each one using Ableton’s in-built plugins, he goes on to show how you can push the sound further using Live’s Overdrive and Max For Live’s Envelope, EQ and a compressor.