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bass/sub drops?

Discussion in 'Bass' started by lawnmowerdude6, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. i need to do a bass drop in a couple songs that im recording for a band.
    im not sure if thats the right term or not but its the sound you hear that sounds like a dropout.
    if you could help me and advise me on how to do it i would be greatly appreciative.
  2. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Are you talking about when they hit the kick, or just at random times?
  3. J_Carlo

    J_Carlo Guest

    Not sure what you are referring to. Could you post a short example or mention a song where it was used?
  4. it sounds like everything in the song is overloaded by a big bass boost.
    im not sure how its done.
    if you go to this myspace and listen to the song "Fast Forward to 2012" there is a bass boost at about the 1:05 point.
    if you know anything about them please let me know.
  5. The easiest method would be to use samples. Searching this forum or the internet should yield a few results.
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
  7. Sheehan-J

    Sheehan-J Guest

    I'm thinking you're talking about augmenting the signal with a sample of some kind. This is sometimes done with an 808 kick drum to give it a big boomy sound. Is that what you mean?
  8. maybe. it just sounds like a big boom that kind of overloads the song.
    if its a sample where could i get one?
    oh and sorry, the link is
  9. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    not sure at all what you're talking about
  10. KHilbert

    KHilbert Guest

    I don't quite get it either. They're just palm muting but letting a few strings ring out instead of totally deadening them.
  11. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    for the last time a bass drop is an 808 kick drum
  12. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    May 9, 2005
    lol yes if it is rock or metal/hardcore chances are its an 808 kick drum compressed to oblivion. SMACK! there are actually free samples online if you google. let us know how it goes eh?
  13. An 808 doesn't say "smack" by any stretch. And in my previous post I linked to a bunch of subkick samples I personally posted on this very 'board.

    It's one thing not to search the forum, which can be a little unwieldy, but not to search the very topic you post in...

    "George is gettin' upset!"
  14. hxckid88

    hxckid88 Active Member

    May 9, 2005
    Sorry if my choice of smack didn't describe the sound accurately haha. I did notice what you posted I was just mentioning that I actually did a google search and found results myself when I had the same question...? =)
  15. multoc

    multoc Active Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    wish people would just look for themselves! lmao, usually it's an 808 stretched to the key of the song in some cases or someone built it in a tone generator
  16. jodere

    jodere Guest

    what badn are you doing this for, first of all, and secondly, i played with a band for a while, our drummer had a roland bass drop, so i know what you're talking about, and the guys are right, every time we set up for a show the sound engineer told our drummer to hit the 808, so just look for 808 samples. i'm trying to find them myself, because i want to add a bass drop to "tell slater not to was his dick" by bring me the horizon
  17. Fox-Donut

    Fox-Donut Guest

    bass drop

    Okay everybody, to explain what a bass drop is...and please correct me if i'm wrong.

    A BASS DROP is has NOTHING to do with the drummer, unless he has an electronic drum pad i guess... A bass drop is 'usually' used when a heavy song is in its breakdown or entering a breakdown, it is a very deep bass kick that will shake the whole room and you can actually feel it. It is possibly one of the most amazing things a band does in my opinion.

    Bass drops are very hard to accomplish. If you are in a car with a subwoofer or in your home with a very good sound system you will be able to hear or actually feel the bass drop.

    If you wish to do your own bass drop in your songs, you need to have a way to upload your song to a computer (or a software interface) to add the bass drop. I'm no expert but if you read earlier posts the best sample to look for is a "808" bass drop sample.

    To do this live, you would need some way to fill the room with that deep of a sample. Once again, i'm no expert but i KNOW there are many ways to do this. One is to have a few subwoofers (depending on room size). If you are in a small room maybe 2 12" subs for good quality. If you are in a large room, a school's basket ball court, you'll need more quantity, or larger in size.

    Don't think greatness comes cheap, going cheap will become expensive if you blow your subs!! Then you'll have to buy more right? So go for the top or don't go at all.

    I really hope this helps someone out there. Everything i know was from trial and failures. May you fail to succeed, and good luck to you.

    (Andrew York)
  18. AscensionStudios

    AscensionStudios Active Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    West Virginia
    I make all of my bass hits with a signal generator in audiosuite. Usually anywhere from 40 to 50Hz. Just add a quick fade in and a long fade out, I also try to get the hit to be as close to being in key as possible and I know what it's like looking for a good bass hit sample. They are all over every heavy bands' albums but almost impossible to find!

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