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  1. Another important thing is knowing what the basics of one really is, just in case it helps you get any new ideas on easier ways.

    A wobble bass is just an LFO modulating the cutoff frequency of a synth. Any textural additions are up to you.

    And yeah, it's also important to realize that the synth may just be not restarting on new notes because of the way it's programmed. Zebra2 is another alternative. It's half the price of Massive.

    Yeah, I know basically what it's doing, but I thought that the lfo wave was also synced to the beats, which evidently isn't the case.

    I have the Zebra2 demo, but it's still way too expensive. Honestly, I really only use free plugins :P.

  2. Although most offer the option to sync to the host tempo, some synths' LFOs don't start with the same phase each time a note is hit. For example, Synth1 does not sync phase whereas Massive offers a 'restart' binary option meaning the LFO will start with the same phase each time a new note is played.

    To fix this if you have this phase problem, your best option is to export the wobble synth part soloed, until you get it with the right phase (or export more than you need and cut the audio)

    However, investing in a more versatile synthesizer is a good option as well.

    Ah, okay. Thanks!

    I actually am using synth1 right now...good to know that not all synths will do that though.

    Besides trying them out, is there any way to know if a synth has this feature or not?

    Edit: Also, is it common, or is massive one of the exceptions? I really don't have the money for massive and I would hardly ever use it anyway...

  3. Hey guys, I have a question about wobble bass.

    So I've created a track in Reaper, synced the LFO to the tempo and automated it so that all automations are on the beat. However, from measure to measure, as well as each time I play it back, it sounds different, as though it's starting from a different point in the wave or something.


    I'd like each of those patterns to sound like the one from 0:03 to 0:06, but as you can see...they don't, even though each one is exactly two bars long and therefore, theoretically, starting at the same point on the lfo wave (is that right?).

    Is this just something that you have to deal with? Render them as small sections and hope that they come out the right way when you hit play?



  4. Yikes--I'm glad it ended up not being an issue for my team, but when I read that "voting is until Tuesday, August 14," I assumed that it would be in the evening, not at the very beginning of the day. That absolutely needs to be clarified, since today is still, if I'm not mistaken, August 14. In my (and, I suspect, many other people's) experience, whenever "until XX day" is mentioned, it's assumed that the period ends when the day does.

    That said, congrats to all involved, and thanks to MW for moderating this pilot episode. :)

    Since the voting started exactly one week ago at noon Pacific time, I assumed that it was going to close at noon too, but you're right, that probably should be clarified next time.

    Sucks that you didn't get to vote :(.

  5. Hey man, I really liked this entry :).

    I've listened to all the compo tracks many times this past week, so I'm pretty familiar with this mix by now.

    The opening/closing riffs are cool, and I like how you made them kind of off beat, but the instrument itself sounds really synthetic. Maybe it's just me, but I think a more natural instrument would sound better there.

    Also, I think the drums could use some work. Since it sounds like you're using acoustic samples, you might want to try making them sound a little bit less programmed. Some more variation would be nice too; repetition is fine, but after a while they get kind of boring. I'd really like to see them get changed up at 0:25, 0:55...basically whenever a new riff starts or instrument comes in. You don't have to go crazy, but little changes in the beat would be nice.

    Overall it's a very enjoyable listen though!

  6. Okay, that sounds to me like it's not a general interference issue, then. If it were, I'd expect there to be hum any time the adapter is active. (This assumes that the adapter still does its adapting while disconnected from the computer -- I'm not certain how it works.) That's also consistent with there still being hum when the guitar is unplugged. I think the powered USB hub is probably your best bet. Maybe see if you can find one somewhere that will take returns if it doesn't fix the problem. Or ask around and see if any of your friends happen to have one you can borrow -- it's a fairly common accessory for laptop owners.

    Yeah, I'm definitely leaning toward trying that. Thanks for the help!

  7. One other question. You say the hum goes away when you unplug the computer's power cord -- are you unplugging the power adapter from the wall with the adapter still plugged into the computer, or are you unplugging the power adapter from the computer with the adapter still plugged into the wall? Also, how is the power adapter constructed? Is it built into the computer, or is it a separate unit?

    What I'm getting at is this: Is it the power adapter being plugged in that's causing the hum, or is it the power adapter being plugged in and connected to the computer that's causing it? If you can, try plugging the adapter into the wall but leaving it disconnected from the computer and see if the hum occurs. This may help determine whether the adapter is causing general electrical interference or whether it's an issue with the power feed that the adapter is supplying.

    It goes away when I unplug it from the computer. It's still plugged into the wall.

    Also, I make sure to unplug everything else in the room when I'm recording to try and minimize interference, so the only thing that's ever plugged in is the computer.

  8. Yeah the guitar cable. The noise might be being inducted onto other parts of the guitar though, like through the pickups so might not 100% solve the issue. Depending on what the guitar is it might not work with a balanced jack lead.

    What guitar is it you're recording?

    Just a shitty Epiphone Les Paul Special.

  9. Something like this.

    That does sound like it might work. Uggh, so many options XD.

    I've had a similar problem before. It wasn't a grounding issue though. Your laptop power supply is probably a switched mode power supply which means it kicks out a lot of magnetic noise. That means whenever your power supply is on the noise is inducted onto any unbalanced.

    Before going to see if the problem is a grounding problem I would suggest trying a balanced cable first. Sine you're recording guitars I assume that you're just using a standard jack cable. You can get balanced jacks which don't cost much more than regular jack leads.

    Hope this helps!

    Okay, interesting...when you refer to balanced cables, you're talking about the guitar cable and not the laptop power cord yes?

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