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Ableton Bass Instruments

Ableton Racks by Sample Magic

The latest in our chart-topping Magic Racks series focusses on one of the key components of electronic music production: bass.

Using Ableton’s powerful Analog and Operator synths alongside custom-built FX chains, Ableton Bass Instruments serves up 10 intuitive and versatile bass instruments modelled on the most iconic bass sounds in electronic music.

From the distinctive acid of the TB-303 to the bouncing subs of the TR-808, the complex Moog Voyager and Korg MS-20 to old school reeses and vintage FM swells, this diverse pack offers instant pan-genre bass inspiration that can be jammed, tweaked and automated in almost endless permutations to fit any track.

But you also won't be overwhelmed by options; just eight macros per rack giving you the finely-honed controls for the most important aspects of each bass sound. From common workflow tools to complex signal chains containing saturation, reverb, delays and more., each one is controlled via a single macro knob to make powerful sound-shaping simple and incisive.

What's Inside

1. 303 Acid

Analogue-style bass inspired by the iconic Roland TB-303.

  • Saw / Square - Mixer control to balance between saw and square wave oscillators
  • Square Sub - Beef up sub frequencies with an additional oscillator placed an octave below your saw/square wave
  • Amp Shape - An amplitude envelope shaper. Turn to the right for a sharper decay/release
  • Glide Time - A portamento-style glide control. Set the glide-time between notes in m/s increments
  • Filter Cut-Off - Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • Filter Res - Set the resonance of your low-pass filter. Higher values will give your filter a squelchier or acidic character like the classic 303
  • Filter Envelope - Customise the envelope shape of your filter. Turn left for a shorter envelope and turn right for a longer decay/sustain
  • Filter Drive - Adds harmonics for a more saturated and distorted filter character at higher values

2. 808 Bass

Sub-heavy bass instrument styled around the classic Roland TR-808 bass drum.

  • Saw Level - Adds an additional saw wave oscillator to the 808 sound. Turn to the right to increase amplitude and thicken the bass sound
  • Saw Octave - Select the octave of your saw wave oscillator. Spans four full octaves
  • Filter - Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • Drive/Fuzz - Combines overdrive and amplifier plug-ins for a driven dirty fuzzy sound
  • Kick - A pitch envelope shaper to give the bass the classic drum machine bass drum sound
  • Decay / Release - A decay/release control for all envelopes to shape the whole bass sound
  • Noise - Introduce a white-noise blend to the 808 bass sound
  • FX - Wet/dry control combining a high pass filter, pitched-up grain delay and reverb

3. Classic Moog Bass

Inspired by the legendary Moog Voyager.

  • Square Sub - Set the level of the sub square wave oscillator. Turn to the right for a thicker low-end
  • Saw - Tweak the main saw wave oscillator level. Blends with the Square Sub macro for two-oscillator bass sound
  • Saw Fifth Up - A third oscillator tuned a fifth above the Saw. Blend to taste for harmonic thickness
  • Noise - A white noise level control to add high-end detail
  • Low Pass - Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • Resonance - Set the resonance of your low-pass filter
  • Mod FX - FX combination of chorus and phaser designer for stereo width and movement
  • Detune - Detune the pitch between two oscillators for hardware-style drift and instability

4. Dirty Bass

Distorted electro bass.

  • Octave Up - Controls the volume of an additional oscillator an octave above the fundamental
  • Glide - A portamento-style glide control. Set the glide-time between notes in m/s increments
  • Pitch Kicker - Controls a pitch envelope to create a punchy and tight kick drum-style sound at higher values
  • Filter Cut-Off - A low-pass filter control for both cut-off and resonance
  • Distort - Control levels of all distortion devices in the bass rack
  • Crush/Sample - Sample-rate reduction to add digital artefacts and noise for a filthy sound
  • Chorus/Wide - Chorus modulation and stereo imaging control to add serious width
  • Dim Expander - Combination of stereo space with reverb and delay

5. FM Swell

Dark vowel-style FM Bass sound.

  • Second Voice - A wet/dry volume control for two additional oscillators
  • Global FM Amount - Controls the the global FM index (FM depth) between all oscillators
  • Filter Cut-Off - A low-pass filter control for both cut-off and resonance
  • Filter Envelope - Control the envelope modulation depth of the Filter Cut Off
  • Global Envelope Time - Tweak both the filter and amplitude envelopes
  • Spread/Modulation - A detune and stereo spreading macro to add thickness and weight
  • Down Sample - Down-sampling FX in variable increments of 1-20. Turn all the way to right for a harsh, metallic, lo-fi distorted sound
  • LFO - A wet/dry macro for 1/4 note LFO filter modulation

6. Reese Bass

Old school Reese bass sound.

  • Detune - Detune the oscillators from each other in cent increments
  • Triangle Sub - Set the amplitude of a triangle wave sub
  • Octave Up - Controls the volume of an additional saw wave oscillator an octave above the fundamental
  • Glide Time - A portamento-style glide control. Set the glide-time between notes in m/s increments
  • Cut Off & Rez - A low-pass filter control for both cut-off and resonance
  • Filter Drive - Drive adds harmonics for a more saturated and distorted character at higher values
  • Attack/Swell - Increase the attack time of all envelopes to create modulating swells
  • Release - Set the global release time of all envelopes in m/s increments

7. Sub

Super-fat and complex sub bass sound.

  • Sine Level - Controls the amplitude of the sine wave oscillator
  • Triangle Level - Sets the amplitude of the triangle wave oscillator
  • Square Level - Sets the amplitude of the square wave oscillator
  • Square + Level - Controls the amplitude level of a square wave an octave above the Square Level oscillator
  • Filter Cut Off - Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • Pitch Punch - Control the pitch envelope of all oscillators for an extra punchy sound
  • Glide Time - A portamento-style glide control. Set the glide-time between notes in m/s increments
  • Drive - Add harmonics for a more saturated and distorted character at higher values

8. Wobble

LFO-modulated bass sound.

  • FM Amount - Controls the the global FM index (FM depth) between all oscillators
  • Sub - Controls amplitude of the sub oscillator
  • Tone - Tone control for the FM signal path
  • Spread/Detune - A combination of cent-increment detune and stereo spreading
  • Low Pass -  Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • LFO Amount - Control the LFO depth of the filter modulation.
  • LFO Rate - Set the LFO rate in 1 - 1/64th divisions for serious wobble!
  • Drive & Mangle - Control a combination overdrive and distortion to hot up any bassline

9. Analogue Power Bass

Lead bass sound modelled on the Korg MS-20. 

  • Cut Off - A resonant low-pass filter control
  • Cut-Off Mod - Control the cut off modulation depth of the Cut Off
  • Envelope Shape - Control the envelope shape filter modulation from short decay at low values to longer modulation at higher settings
  • Detune - Detune the pitch between two oscillators in cent increments for hardware-style drift and instability
  • Glide - A portamento-style glide. Increase m/s timing by turning the macro to the right
  • LFO Mod - A wet/dry style LFO depth control
  • LFO Rate- Set the LFO rate in rhythmic divisions of 1 to 1/16th notes
  • Dim Expander - A combination of reverb, simple and ping-pong delays creating extra width and space

10. Analogue Pluck Bass

Analogue-modelled bass sound with a retro vibe.

  • Filter - Low-pass filter to remove unwanted higher frequencies
  • Filter Amp Decay - Control both the amplitude and filter envelope decay
  • Noise - Add white noise to the bass sound
  • Release - Control the release of the amplitude envelopes
  • Detune - Detune the pitch between two oscillators in cent increments for hardware-style drift and instability
  • Drive -  Add harmonics for a more saturated and distorted character at higher values
  • Delay - A classic ping-pong delay stereo echo effect
  • Reverb - A highly reflective room reverb control

Download Contains

  • 10 x Ableton Bass Instruments

Please Note: Ableton Live 9 is needed to use this product.

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