How To Add MORE BASS Using Corpus! Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck ‘Did you Know’? 10

Dubspot instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer, and electronic musician Thavius Beck returns with a brand-new season of Did You Know? We launched the series back in January, and for eight consecutive Mondays, Thavius shared invaluable production advice, tips, tricks, and techniques and examined some of the less explored and slightly hidden features in Ableton Live. In this episode, Thavius shows you how to use Live’s Corpus effect to add bass to any signal, which is especially good for boosting kicks and bass drums.

In this video tutorial, we will explore using the Corpus effect to add bass to an incoming kick signal.  This technique is very helpful when you have a kick drum with nice midrange frequencies but it is lacking some of the deeper bass frequencies you may be looking for.

Corpus is an audio effect that simulates a resonant object, which means that when Corpus receives audio it will respond with the appropriate type of resonance based on the settings we select.  If you think of it like a conga drum, the audio being fed into Corpus is like our hand striking the surface (the skin, or membrane) of the conga drum, and with Corpus we can control the character, pitch, and overall tone of the resonance that results.

There are several different ways to achieve this. The main thing you need to do is have Corpus receive audio from your kick drum (or anything that you want to trigger that resonant tone).  One way to do that is to put Corpus on a blank audio track, and change the Audio From settings on that track so that you are receiving audio from your kick (or sound source of choice).  Now you can adjust the Dry/Wet % to your liking to blend the Corpus effect in with the original kick sound.

But we’re not done yet… with our sound running through Corpus, we can change the Material type to Tube (which gives us a nice warm bass tone when we change the pitch using the Tune knob…changing it with the arrow keys allows you to change the pitch in even semitones), and by increasing the Decay time and using the filter to get rid of the higher frequencies, we’ve successfully added some nice bass to this kick drum.  Another nice bonus to using this technique is that the resonance coming from Corpus will hit every time the kick does.

Again, the audio routing can be done many different ways, and this is actually a pretty crude example, but it’s still a very useful way to add bass where it may be lacking.

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