If you saw my last tutorial, you now know how to create an alien-sounding, vulgar, authentic dubstep bass sound! Hooray!
Now that we’ve got the basic synthesis down, it’s time to turn to something that will make your tune the talk of the town and the envy of the masses: using automation to give your sound the brilliant rhythmic flair modern dubstep (or brostep, if that’s what you choose to call it) is known for.
Before I delve into applying automated LFOs to our bass from the latest tutorial, I’m going to start by using the most basic form of dubstep bass from the last tutorial in order to explain the basic principle of LFO automation. As seen in the video, by using automation, I can create an attractive bassline rhythm. A simple 1/4th beat LFO pattern isn’t bad, but can be made much more exciting by changing the rhythmic pattern. The following video demonstrates how to make a basic, changing pattern by using automation clips to change the tempo of a LFO over time: