Of all of the inventive bass tips shared here, this is the one most open to interpretation. In other words, the sky is basically the limit.
In this particular sample, I decided that I wanted to create a space funk, Bootsy Collins on Red Bull kind of sound, so I chose the Intimate Space Vibes reverb effect and rolled up the “Amount” tone (this dictates how strong the effect will be on the overall signal), and I began to groove.
As the settings I selected created a slight delay, I developed a bass groove that took advantage of this sound, ensuring that the delayed notes cascaded and floated around each other rather than clashed. By playing to the sonic theme I created, I used the FX I had available in addition to my own creative judgement to achieve the desired sound.
Tips for success:
1. When it comes to experimenting with unusual sounds and FX, don’t be scared to push the envelope. Try out plenty of variations of a groove, arrangement or effect before punching the record button
2. Push your creativity to the limit but whatever you do, make sure your efforts serve to complement or enhance the rest of the song
3. Tailor your notes and rhythmic patterns to the style of FX you’ve chosen to make sure you get the most from it. For example, if you ‘re adding a heavy overdrive to your bass signal, incorporate notes that are higher up the neck to add definition and tonal variation.
4. Have fun, and remember—you can always record over your last attempt—so don’t get too hung up on a bad take
Like most musical instruments, the bass guitar can be as mundane or exciting as you want to make it. By trying the above techniques, taking the time to explore them in detail and using your creativity to push the boundaries of your recordings, your bass parts will be the talk of your tracks in no time.