Reese bass is a common sound in drum & bass and in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to create reese bass in FL Studio using it’s native plugins.
Load 3xOsc and use the following settings:
- Oscillator 1: select saw as the oscillator shape and set the fine tune to -10 cents
- Oscillator 2: select saw as the oscillator shape as well and set the fine tun to +20 cents.
- Oscillator 3: we are not going to use osc 3, so set it’s volume to 0 %.
- Root key to C7
As this is going to be a reese bass aimed for drum & bass, set the project tempo to 170 BPM.
Open the Piano Roll and create a bass melody:
This is how it sounds:
Assign the 3xOsc to a free mixer track and add these plugin effects to it’s fx slots:
Fruity Chorus. Chorus is here to ‘fatten’ the sound. Use the following settings:
Fruity Fast Dist. It’s a distortion effect to add some ‘dirt’ and ‘attitude’ to the sound. Use these settings:
Fruity Love Philter. For filter modulation. Load a preset ‘Default’ first to reset it’s setting and then use the following settings:
And here’s the envelope settings. This is just what I’m using. You can draw what kind of envelope you want:
That’s it. This is the end results:
Sounds very D&B.
I also programmed a typical D&B drum sequence and this is how the reese bass and drums sound together:
(This was basically a re-creation of poet666d Reece Bass Modulation Tutorial so big credits for him and thanks for the inspiration – I hope you don’t mind buddy!)