HOW TO MAKE 808 on Serum Vst

808s are a staple in modern music production, particularly in hip-hop and electronic genres. The Roland TR-808 drum machine, released in 1980, was the original source for the deep, punchy bass sound that has come to define the “808” sound. While the original TR-808 is now a sought-after vintage instrument, modern software synthesizers like Serum make it easy to recreate the iconic sound in your own productions. 

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make 808s using Serum:

  1. Start by opening Serum and creating a new patch. 
  1. Click on the “Osc” tab and select the “Sub” oscillator. This oscillator is specifically designed to create deep, bass sounds. 
  1. Adjust the “Oct” knob to set the pitch of the bass sound. For an 808, you’ll want to set it to around -1 or -2 octaves. 
  1. Next, go to the “Filter” tab and select a low-pass filter. Adjust the cutoff frequency to taste, but a good starting point is around 100-200 Hz. 
  1. To add some character to the bass sound, go to the “FX” tab and add some distortion. Experiment with different distortion types and settings to find the sound you’re looking for. 
  1. The “Amp” tab allows you to shape the envelope of the sound, so adjust the attack, decay, sustain and release settings to taste. A short attack and decay will give the sound a punchy, percussive quality, while a longer release will give it a more sustained, sustained quality. 
  1. Finally, you can add some depth and stereo width to the sound by adjusting the “Pan” knob in the “Mixer” tab. 
  1. Once you’re happy with your sound, you can save it as a preset for future use. 

By following these steps, you can create a professional-sounding 808 using the Serum VST. Remember that the key to making great 808s is experimenting with different settings and finding the sound that works best for your production. 

Note: The above article is just a basic guide, You can also use different wavetables, LFOs, and other features of Serum to create a variety of different 808 sounds.