This is a continuation of the thread Create your own songs for Dummies in which we learned to create a song using midi editing. I will now show you how to add bass using the example song of Neil Young - Rockin in the Free World which we made the beat for in the previous thread.
For importing and running songs with bass in beatbuddy please refer to this thread
Beatbuddy with Bass Lines is Here
So for a start we need to work out what the bass is playing using either a Tab, Listen and Learn by ear, follow a youtube demo or you might already know it.
If I’m honest I have picked a song that doesn’t have much going on with the bass so it should be easy.
I have decided to use this youtube demo.
Now open up your Song we previously created in MuLabs.
We want to add another track below the drum track with a bass instrument. For this I am going to use one of the instruments included with the program. Click on the instrument tab in the top right corner, Under “Factory Presets”, “Instruments”, "Bass I am going to select Real Bass.
Then I want to create the first bass loop in the verse. I will move the “loop Start/Stop” the the first two bars of the verse which is how long the bass loop is.
When you open up the midi editor for the new bass section, On the piano roll with this Instrument the E3 will be the low E and we have two octaves of bass notes above that to use.
I will first enter the bass notes with the grid on with how I interperate the bass line.
Then I will disable the grid and extend the notes out to how they will sound in beatbuddy.
Now we have a bass track with low E at E3 we need to transpose the bass track up an octave to E4 as E4 is the low E on the “with bass” drumsets in the beat buddy. Just left click and drag cursor across all the notes to select then drag them up an octave. I will also drop the velocity of the bass notes as I like it a bit quieter compared to the drums.
Now we need to enlarge the bass loop out to match the full verse beat and consolidate the new part and then relocate these parts to the start of the track to export
Exporting with Bass is a little different to just drums. We have to combine the bass and drum into one track. We can do this and then return the bass part to the bass track quite easily. Select the bass track and then drag it up so it sits on top of the drum track. We then have to select both parts which is by on a blank spot outside the part and dragging across the part.
Now we can select export to midi and our midi file will be ready for beatbuddy.
To seperate the two parts again click on a blank spot to deselect the parts, then click on the combined parts and drag and it will seperate them.
Create a new song in beatbuddy and open midi file in Main Loop. You will have to select a “drumset with bass” in the drumset tab. See Beatbuddy with Bass Lines thread about inserting rock with bass kit.
Now we need to add bass to the chorus and outro. Just follow the same procedure.
Outro with Bass
Chorus with Bass
Post Chorus Loop
Edit: There is a fault in this Loop. The last bar of bass should be in A not E
Thats it good to go