How to: Create warped techno bass in Ableton's Wavetable

Warped Techno Bass In Ableton's Wavetable

In today’s blog post we are going to be exploring how to use Ableton’s epic new Wavetable synth to make a warped techno bass which will help explode some life into your productions.

First off loud in Wavetable from the instruments section in the browser. Right of the bat lets switch on the sub oscillator, this will allow us to maintain a solid sub end to our bass sound while allowing the 2 main oscillators to give us that warped vibe.

Wavetable. Warped Techno Bass. Ableton

Since we are doing a warped bass lets take advantage of the warped OSC FX’s. To find this go to the bottom of the OSC window and click None, here you will have a menu of 4 choices (including None) select modern.

Ableton Live - Wavetable

This is already sounding nice a warped but lets take it one step further and add some modulation to these parameters. To do this click on the parameter you wish to add modulation to and from there navigate to the matrix tab. Now you will see the parameter you wish to modulation show up.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

In ENV 3 lets set the initial value to around 70%, attack to 2secs and decay to 4secs

Ableton Live - Wave Table

We can now look to bring in OSC 2, in OSC 2 choose Distortion, Clipped Sweep with a wavetable position of around 30%

Ableton Live - Wave Table

Again lets modulation the waveform, click on the wavetable position, in the matrix tab select the LFO 2 amt to be -4.7.

Now move to the mod sources tab and select LFO 2, set the rate to sync and 1/2. Again take re trig off.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

It’s now feels let we are ready to add the filter to curtail the higher frequencies. On filter 1 use a LP24 filter, set the frequency cutoff to around 180Hz and resonance to 60%. As always lets use the dope filter circuits. Let’s use the Oscar circuit and drive it with a setting of around 4dB.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

We can open up the filter a little with and envelope. Again to do this click on the frequency cutoff to view it in the matrix. Add it 100% to ENV2. Now navigate to ENV 2. Take the peak value down to around 80% and the Attack to 1.6secs, Decay to 1.9secs and Release to 11secs. Let’s also pull out the Amp release to 3secs.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

Using Filter 2 in parallel may also be rather useful. To switch the filter routing into parallel mode click where it says serial and there will be a drop down menu, select parallel. Now select a 12dB Band Pass Filter, set the Frequency Cutoff to 500Hz, Resonance to 60%, Circuit to OSR and drive it by 4dB.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

Now we can modulate the BP Filter Cutoff. Let’s send it to the LFO 1 & 2 with the setting, LFO 1 34%, LFO 2 -11%.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

It’s well worth using the unison, this will double up the sound creating huge spread. In this example let’s use the classic setting on 3 voices with the amount at 30%.


As you can properly tell we have lost come of our centre image, to solve this add the utility audio effect into the chain. Set the bass mono to 300Hz.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

We are almost done but let’s add in a couple more audio effects, let’s start with the pedal and set it to overdrive, with a 14% gain and a dry/wet value of 30%. Also remember to engage the sub which will let through the low end, keeping it nice and clean.

Ableton Live - Wave Table Pedal

Last in the chain add the Echo audio effect, set up the delay’s to be unlinked. For the left have a dotted 1/16 and the right a dotted 1/8. Drive the input signal by first clicking the D button and a gain value of around 4dB. Switch the delay mode to ping pong and a feedback value of 40%. Now add in the reverb with a value of 73%, a decay of 62% and send it to the into the feedback circuit.

Ableton Live - Wave Table

Lastly let’s group our sounds into a instrument rack and set up some macros so we can adapt this on a song by song basis. Start by adding the LP and BP filter cutoff to macro 1 and 2 respectively. The pedal and Echo Dry/Wet to 3 and 4 respectively (Also it will be useful to map the range of the Echo Dry/Wet to max 50% so the synth sound will always be more present). Now set the ENV 2 peak to macro 5, Attack to 6 and Decay to 7. And lastly map the chain volume to macro 8.

Warped Bass - Ableton Live

So that’s that for our warped bass sound. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and stay tuned for more Ableton Live 10 gems!

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