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How To Make A Wobble Bass - MicroKORG Tutorial

Updated on June 27, 2014

How To Make A Dubstep Wobble Bass

I would like to start off by saying not all Dubstep has a wobble bass, and not everything with a wobble bass is dubstep.

Now that we've got that out of the way: How to make a wobble bass!

I don't really know what they expect me to type in here. All the info is in the video.

Don't over-wub your music!
Don't over-wub your music! | Source

LFO - Low Frequency Oscillator

An LFO is used to create a sweep or pulsing sound in your synth patch. There are many common LFO uses such as phasers, tremolo (pronounced trem-uh-luh), and even sometimes delays. More common now is the wobble bass, used in dubstep, drum and bass, electro house, and other forms of electronic music.

To make a wobble bass, all you need to do is mod the cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter, and you get that WUB WUB WUB sound. From there you can change the frequency to be faster or slower.

Soundwave Shapes

My favorite is the sawtooth.
My favorite is the sawtooth. | Source

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Breakdown Of How To Edit The Patch

Start by selecting preset B.43.

Turn Edit Knob 1 to LFO 1.

Turn Knob 1 (at the top) all the way to the left, to where the minidisplay says SAG. This is the shape of the sound wave we will be working with.

Turn Knob 2. I don't know what that is, but turn it to say OFF which is all the way to the left.

Turn Knob 3 to "ON". This turns Knob 4, the cutoff frequency, to a notation base (1/1, 8/12, 3/16, etc). You can have knob 3 set to "OFF" instead, if you want, but that changes the frequency from a notation base to a number base that is 1 as slowest and 127 as fastest. I feel that one is harder to work with, but whichever works for you is fine.

Now you can play it as you want. You can edit the patch other ways, add effects, mess with the mod wheel. Go nuts!

With enough practice you should be able to lay down a bass line with one hand while you use your other hand to turn the cutoff frequency knob to change from slower wubs to faster wubs and in between.

If you have any questions, drop a comment below!

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    • chinese2learning profile image

      chinese2learning 5 years ago from Beijing

      Thanks! Now I know what a wobble bass is. You've done a great job!

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      Garrett Mickley 5 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      Thanks for your comments, everyone. This has been exciting. As soon as I get over this cold I'll be making a few more tutorial videos that will be similar.

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      Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great job Garrett and congrats on getting your video put on the new program here at HubPages.

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      GDRshop 5 years ago

      i love oscillators, especially in using them in Guitar Pedals (Fuzz) =)

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Nice video hub! Well done! I am like Rosie, I had no idea what I was about to view. :) Voted up, interesting.

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      Rosie Rose 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Garrett, cool video. I had no idea what a wobble bass before, now I know from your hub and watching your video. Really cool!

      Have a nice day,