How to Make Basses Like Illenium, Said the Sky, and 1788-L

In this tutorial I show you how to make the lead bass in Illenium, Said the Sky and 1788-L’s remix of “Where’d You Go”. It is an amazing, bass-heavy, midtempo remix of the original track by Illenium and Said the Sky with a classic 1788-L twist.

When it comes making heavy, distorted basses like those used in Illenium, Said the Sky, and 1788-L’s remix of “Where’d You Go”, there are a couple effects that are absolutely necessary.

First is distortion and saturation. These are what can help give you bass some grit and really begin to warm things up. In this tutorial I primarily used Camel Crusher to achieve this effect.

The second, which I hear in every 1788-L and REZZ song is bitcrush. A bitcrusher is an effect which produces a distortion by the reduction of the resolution or bandwidth of digital audio data. The resulting quantization noise may produce a “warmer” sound impression, or a harsh one, depending on the amount of reduction.

Lastly is compression. 1788-L’s songs are always so loud and full, and the primary way to achieve that is through compression. Especially multiband compression, which I used in this tutorial

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