I’ve been wondering for a while how to synthesize a sound similar to the bassline in Megalomaniac by KMFDM. The sound I’m referring to is the one that sound-feels a bit like someone gently but firmly caressing your brain with a plastic comb.
I’ve heard similar sounds in a number of other electronic tracks, so I’m guessing it must be fairly well known. I feel like it ought to be fairly easy to reproduce, but I simply have no idea how to do so!
A different example of the sort of thing I’m looking for is the track Sukk my Sawto0th by Megaman, which was featured on the cover disc of July’s issue of Computer Music. I’ve uploaded a snippet of that track to YouTube to illustrate what I mean, although I much prefer the sound of the KMFDM track.
I’ve always assumed that the sound is based on layered sawtooth waves, and the title of the second track above seems to support that assumption. I also suspect that there is a sawtooth or square LFO (with a relatively high frequency) controlling the cut-off of a low-pass filter or similar. However, I’ve never managed to synthesize a sound even remotely close to the KMFDM one.
Can anyone offer some tips on how to create this sound?