How to Create a Tuned 808 Bass in Ableton
“Hello, AfroDJMac here with a tutorial and free Ableton Live Device Rack for you! This week I give you an Roland 808 bass drum sample that can be tuned to play in key with your song or as a bass line. The Roland 808 has some great low end on it and it makes for a nice instrument to create earth shaking bass sounds. At higher octaves this synth makes for a nice electric keyboard like instrument #bonus! ”
The iconic Roland 808 drum machine is a staple in modern music. Each sound is loaded with character and can be found across many musical genres. This week I spent some time with samples of the heavy hitting bass drum. The result is a Free Ableton Live Device Rack that allows you to play the bass drum like an instrument. I’ve tuned the bass drum and spread it out over the keyboard to create a bass instrument that allows your bass drum to play in key with your songs and even play melodies. To help give it some punch, I have fortified it with an additional 808 bass drum sample and a sample made with Ableton’s Operator. These two layers add a more high end “click” sound to the bass drum notes, helping to round out the sound and add definition to the low end melodies. In the accompanying video, I take you through how I created it, so you can mimic this idea with any sample you like, and then explain how the device rack is set up. So get your subs out and get ready to shake the neighborhood as we dive in to some serious lo frequency madness!