Nitzer Ebb-style bass, a tutorial

Electronic music fans will recognize the name Bon Harris as a founding member of one of the world’s most influential electronic acts – Nitzer Ebb. Apart from his own bands, he has done writing, production and programming work with artists such as Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson.

As an electronic musician, Bon relied heavily on large modular systems to create his music and often dreamed there was a way to make music on the road without hauling the whole studio on each trip. In the end, he found Reason.

Being used to the modular approach, Bon Harris constantly finds himself patching audio and control voltages on Reason’s back panel. Only in software, it’s much faster and there’s an undo function as well.

Propellerhead met with Bon Harris in Los Angeles to talk about his use of Reason in his production work and on the new Nitzer Ebb album. He also gave us a thorough lesson in how to craft a Nitzer Ebb-style bass patch using Thor, a vocoder and a mile of virtual patch cable – check the video!

In the video, Bon Harris shows a trick for animating parameters using CV. We asked him to elaborate on that subject and he sent us an example file and a very thorough description of how his bass patch was created.

source: http://www.propellerheads.se

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