The bass line is considered by many many electronic music producers the most important element of an electronic song other than the drums. Some people even think its MORE important! You can easily have an awesome song with just drums and bass, but its kinda hard to make an awesome song without any bass or without any drums. There is even a genre of electronic music called Drum and Bass!
It is that low, deep sound you hear in any song. Be it hip hop, trance, house music, or any style at all, the bass is the underlying vibration of the song. Sometimes it is so low it more of a vibration and are actually felt throughout the body as well as heard through the ears.
A killer bass line is an integral part of a great electronic song. There are many different ways to make a fat bass riff. It all depends on the software you use. A lot of people hear the bass and think it was created using a bass guitar. Believe it or not, more often the bass line in an electronic song is actually written on a keyboard rather than a bass guitar. So you don’t need to go out and buy a bass guitar! Let alone learn how to play it! Learning how to play a bass guitar is a whole new league of its own!
Believe it or not, trying to learn how to make electronic tunes, using real instruments like a bass guitar, would require vast amounts of musical knowledge. Where as, if you were just using software on your computer, like the software program on How To Make Electronic Music (see links below), you would just need a love for great electronic music, and a willingness to HAVE FUN while learning!
Stay tuned for part 3 of my article series on How To Make Electronic Music. Until then, Be safe and be creative!