Sound Design Video Tutorial w/ Native Instruments’ Massive: Tasty Bass Waves

In our latest video tutorial from Dubspot sound design instructor/course designer Evan Sutton, we’ll learn more about making heavy bass using Native Instruments’ Massive, using a chain of waveshapers to create some out-of-this-world textures and mutations.

Massive is an incredibly powerful synthesizer, capable of many different types of synthesis. Its insert effects, which range from a simple delay to a frequency shifter, are great for adding texture and dimension to a sound. In this tutorial we’ll use a hardclipper (the ‘responsible’ way to clip), and a waveshaper to add varying amounts of distortion to an otherwise simple sound. The patch consists of a sawtooth wave being sent through a low-pass filter, which helps to give it a musical, expressive sound. The hardclipper and waveshaper are added at different points in the signal chain to add grit and saturation. The trick here is to not go overboard on either of the distortion units. This will yield a highly detailed sound that will sit well in a mix, and maintain Massive’s heavy digital personality that we love so dearly. – Evan Sutton

Evan Sutton a.k.a Astrolith is an electronic music producer, sound designer, and audio engineer, as well as teaching sound design and electronic music production at Dubspot. He also helped develop Dubspot’s Sound Design program. You can hear Evan’s music and find out more about him at and

Become fluent in the language of sound design with this comprehensive program. This six-level Sound Design program uses Native Instruments’ Komplete as a platform for learning synthesis and sampling techniques. Starting with an introduction to the properties of sound, this comprehensive series of courses covers most common synthesis methods available for music production in the DAW of your choice.

Discovering the right sound is like finding a needle in the digital haystack. Learn the fundamentals to make this easier, and gain the depth of knowledge to make a good sound better. Factory content is great, but everyone has it – your mix needs something special.

What’s Included:

  • Sound Design Level 1: Introduction to Komplete 8
  • Sound Design Level 2: Synthesis with Massive, FM8 and Absynth
  • Sound Design Level 3: Sampling with Kontakt and Battery
  • Sound Design Level 4: Advanced Sound Design
  • Sound Design Level 5: Reaktor Ensembles and Instruments
  • Sound Design Level 6: Reaktor Programming

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