Most of the time the problem comes from misunderstanding exactly what frequencies affect the bass instrument. Too many times we think that it’s the frequencies below 100Hz (especially 60Hz) that provide the bass we need. While it’s quite true that those frequencies are important for what we might call the girth of the sound, they won’t reproduce well on small speakers, and that’s where the problem lies. In other words, EQing too low.
Below 100Hz Girth
120Hz to 200Hz Bottom
250Hz to 320Hz Low-end definition
1kHz to 1.5kHz High-end definition
2.5kHz to 3kHz String noise/buzz
In parts one, two, and three of this four-part series, we focused on using Neutron 2 for mixing vocals, mixing guitars, and mixing drums. Now, it’s time to bring on the bass, which can be a tricky bugger. Too much of it can swallow up the mix, but too little of it leaves a mix lacking power and warmth.
So how do we as recordists and mixers possibly do justice to the greatest instrument of all time throughout the universe? How do we capture its pure glorious majesty? And why is the bass player still out of time?
This week I will go through this guide before I tackle my mixing projects for “Dueling Mixes” and “Produce Like a Pro”.
Discovered on my own the joys of running guitar DI through amp simulators last week. Thought the track was doomed – my bad – the track was OK (not great, just OK). Now I know.