Combining pop, hip-hop and electro-funk, Mantronix was founded by DJ Kurtis Mantronik (not his real name!) in 1984. Got To Have Your Love hit number four in the UK charts in 1990 and is one of those tracks that everyone remembers simply for its classic bassline.
It’s a DX7 you’re listening to on the track but some subtle layering with an un-named analogue machine gives it extra depth and warmth.
Listen: Mantronix - Got To Have Your Love
How to get the sound
For this track we used the Logic EFM1 synth set to unison mode with a good dose of the sub oscillator in the mix for some heavy low end. Attack time is set to the fastest for maximum ‘snap’ at the start of the sound and we’ve also used a medium decay so the sound cuts off smoothly but not too abruptly.
Finally, we’ve applied the mod envelope to give subtle movement to the sound. Not snappy enough for you? Try more extreme settings to get that FM ‘thunk’ in there. Or layer up with a warmer analogue sound for increased depth.