Mixing Better Bass Technique

Mixing Better Bass Technique

Need mastering?

I have very few “rules” that I follow on every track in fact I can only think of two: Dont clip (but even I will break this on occasion for certain creative purposes) and the tip that I am going to share with you this week. It is easy to do but can have a HUGE impact on the power and clarity of your mixes.


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19 thoughts on “Mixing Better Bass Technique”

  1. This video is spot on. Hi-pass puts silence in your mix. Use this tip live
    and remove unwanted stage noise. When a microphone is unused, mute it.

  2. we all agree those “little bits of information” in the low end are part of
    the sound. if you have 30 tracks and each has a little bit of bass, that
    adds up and competes with the instruments that are mainly bass. Simple:
    prioritize by cutting the bass out of instruments or sounds that are
    creating fundamentals above the bass. Now if its really important to hear
    the bass in a hi-hat, then leave it in. Prioritizing “what’s important” via
    EQ (hi pass filter being a form of EQ) is called mixing.

  3. you’re just wrong. the entire point of mixing is to leave in important
    information, and cut out information that isn’t necessary so that you gain
    energy to potentially use for dynamic processing. Run a compressor on
    everything under 200hz and see how loud it is when it is just the bass
    track soloed, versus a bass track with everything else leaking into low
    freqs. Even 1 track with “-12” is energy that could be going towards the
    bass, multiply that times dozens of channels, makes a diff… 

  4. Great fundermental tip! don’t go mad though and cut too deep and always
    trust your ears before a spectrograph etc. My question is what sort of
    curve do you use to cut unaudible frequencies ? I tend to roll off at 30hz
    as no speakers are going to reproduce that on rigs etc, but I have trouble
    choosing a curve. I use Fabfilter ProQ, is 48db/oct too harsh, I find it
    boosts the bass in that region, should I try 24 or should I just leave this
    to the mix down ? Is worth cutting there on the master ?

  5. You can go too far with most techniques and yes the “Trust your ears”
    comment belongs at the front of every tutorial, maybe I should get a
    disclaimer made up 🙂 Itt really depends on the music, if I am mastering
    dance music some club systems can get quite low. So I wont always HP but
    maybe just shelf the low end depending on how much is going on down there.
    I havent used ProQ but it shouldnt be boosting unless you have a mid to
    high Q value. TBC

  6. Reduce the Q and you should hear the boost removed. 48db/oct is very sharp
    you could try 24 again it all depends on the track but I would wait till
    mix down unless its a real issue. And if it sounds good (without the cut)
    leave it to your mastering engineer to make a call on if it needs it.

  7. Sounds like good advice, thanks! I am just worried that I might have too
    much going on in the lower freq, and when and system cuts it off it will
    spoil the balance or direction of the track. I tend to make bass heavy
    music and have really problems with cutting the kick high enough above the
    sub, but also not making it sound weak. I know the sub should be good
    enough to give the kick a low end, but I just can’t find the balance…any
    advice on that ?

  8. Well it can be hard as again its a case by case basis (User you ears
    disclaimer) but if I had to generalise: You might have a bass note in the
    audible rage 50 – 90hz and then a sub note an octave below it. The sub note
    should not be louder, maybe half the level of the bass note. If you are
    making a fast dnb style music with meaty kicks then you will probably want
    to hp filer the sub. If you are making something slower with more space
    like dub then you can afford to let the sub do its thing. 

  9. With regard to making the kick still thump with the sub. Sidechain
    compression is often used to help with this. Set it up so the bass is
    compressed when the kick hits. This makes a nice little space for the kick
    but you still get full bass when the kicks not… kicking. 

  10. I am not wrong, cutting the low end on everything IS NOT A BASS MIXING
    TECHNIQUE! It’s one of those BS “tips”. 

  11. Thanks, use sidechain alot when im making 4×4 but with D&B etc I try to
    find the kick that fits the sub more , seems to play funny with the groove
    even at mild sidechain settings , I know Attack and Release of the signal
    is vital here and try and set them right. Thanks for all your tips, I think
    I am just cuttting too hi on a lot of my kicks or not choosing the right
    ones, bc I have seen a lot of Dubstep guys cutting as hi as 90hz etc.

  12. Re: sidechain your bang on the money as its all about finding the right
    attack and release to get the right rhythm from the compressor. As I say
    every track is different so its a matter of picking the right approach for
    the samples/tune. Its something you will get better at with experience so
    your doing the right thing, keep experimenting and listening and you will
    crack it! 

  13. ummm its a tip to help clear as much freq room for low end….and is
    helpful to people who may not know these kinds of things. And he also said
    without cutting into the core meaning your mid- mid lows—obviously use
    your ears type situation….dont take every tip on youtube as gospel
    mate…maybe mixing aint your thing.

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