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Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby oceannash909 » Sat May 01, 2021 9:00 pm

Hi all
Just watched Annihilation on Netflix and was inspired by it's soundtrack, its really discomforting but weirdly I just can't get enough of it. I'm specifically looking for what the bass growl is and how I would go about engineering and replicating it. The bass growl starts at 0:25 but I am also interested in the more developed version which starts at 1:00. Any advice is much appreciated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCuBalItZA8
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby Funkyflash5 » Sat May 01, 2021 10:33 pm

To me, it sounds mostly like a synth brass patch that's been very compressed and distorted.
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby Wonks » Sat May 01, 2021 11:10 pm

Can you record it and play it back at 2x or 4x the sample rate to raise the pitch? It can sometimes help determine the type of sound used to hear it at a higher pitch, getting the frequencies up where the ear is a bit more sensitive.
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby uselessoldman » Sat May 01, 2021 11:11 pm

yip that is a synth brass patch or one would sound exactly like it. I would guess the cut off effect is done using a knob easily done using xfer serum or any number of synths.
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat May 01, 2021 11:52 pm

Yes, that's a brassy bass growl alright. The OB-6 and Prophet-6 do them well, which may not be of use to the OP. What may be is that they both have an analogue distortion effect and this sounds very much as if it's been processed in that way.

My advice; find an Oberheim plugin of some kind, and something that emulates good analogue distortion. The combination of the two will certainly be able to create this kind of timbre.
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby al_diablo » Sun May 02, 2021 9:27 am

I've read an interview that mentioned it was an Oberheim 2 voice. The distortion sounds a bit like the tone of a guitar amp to me but I'm sure I read the composers used a bit reduction distortion.

I really like the doubling / reflective effect. Not sure if the synth could do it or if it was an effect added after but it is very effective
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Re: Annihilation 2018 film bass sound

Postby uselessoldman » Sun May 02, 2021 12:24 pm

Its a strange musical anomaly to me, some Oberheim samples can sound better than the actual instruments there supposed to emulate. That unmistakable Oberheim growl, its depth warmth just sounds so full. That said, not all emulations sound the same or as good its a case of mix and match between the various plugins out there and whether its done as a factory preset or expansion.

Before you ask which is best I would say that is a difficult choice. The new Synapse Audio Obsession is supposed to be great and its cheap but I don't have that but their DUNE is great, u-he Diva is one of my favourite synths with some great deep growling Bass. Arturia SEMv2 is great but not OB-X, NI Retro Machines (Kontakt) is OK ands then there are the specialist ones like Omisphere and the best two left to last Nexus and Serum.

My musical life actually started on the Oberheim programming it for Susan in Fassbender Russell. Their manager was a close family friend and through him I got me meet many famous and infamous artists, get any back stage pass to any gig I wanted or slapped on the guest list. If you ever wondered what top bands do after a show I know I have been there with them, sit around drinking soft drinks or coffee complaining about who fekced up most. Retire early usually exhausted cos they would have another show on the next night usually somewhere else so were up early and on the bus. Honestly it was not that glamorous, even with thousand of screaming "kids" out front. Its a job, there job, and a hard one
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