Welcome to a new series here on Creating Trance where we will bring you short, yet insightful, videos, tutorials, walkthroughs, tips and tricks that you can get through in just a few minutes and begin using right away. This time we look at bass patterns.
[aside title="Pro Tip!"] Spreading your bass patterns over a wider range of octaves brings more depth and balance to your sound![/aside]
We feature a lot of really great information here for a wide range of trance styles, as well as for many different levels of experience and complexity. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts, especially some of the lengthier ones. This is why we have decided to bring your some periodic installments of short and simple lessons that you can fit in between other tasks. We welcome any requests, suggestions and feedback you may have about this new series, and we will do our best to continue to meet the needs of the community the best we can. We thrive on your involvement and become better for it! After all, there is a reason we are the quickest growing Trance production community online.
Alright, back to the video. We start off with a simple explanation of how a few of the more popular patterns are laid out. After this it moves into how these sounds can be layered together to achieve a fluid and professional sounding sequence. Of course, this is meant to be applied across more than one instrument. To save time and to help things move along quickly, each of the examples given are played back on the same simple synth. But you can quickly see how this approach will make for a much nicer result than just using one of the options shown. Examples given here are for uplifting trance music, but the idea is applicable to every kind of trance music production.
Sometimes too much time is spent making an individual sound more complex than it needs to be. Sure, it may become more interesting as you continue to work on it. But it can have a negative impact upon your song. What you really want is to have each part of your productions to not only stand on its own, but to mix well with each other and not interfere with the overall goal of creating great sounding music. Keeping the layers of a bassline separate, for instance, allows you to EQ the the low end without affecting the mids or highs. You can easily adjust volume levels, add effects, etc all while maintaining control over each sound to help you make sure that each one is delivered the way you like it.
Make sure you send us a message if you have a request for a quick tip or trick to be featured in this new series. We are always happy to hear from our community members. Thanks for stopping by!