Lesson 57

Mixing Bass Parts

I got 99 problems, but mixing bass parts ain’t one!
Let me show you how I do it.

The first part to getting big bass is understanding how bass frequencies sum differently than any other frequency. Let’s take a listen to this note of 200 hz. If we sum another note of 220 hz, we can clearly hear both notes. That’s how sound works, you can keep layering more sounds on top. Except in the bass frequencies. It just doesn’t work. Let me show you. If I play this note of 50 hz, and layer another note of 70 hz... you can’t hear either note. It just makes a mess of everything. What about layering 80hz with 100 hz.. ok, you can kind of hear both notes, but it’s a bit messy. Generally, below 80 hz, you can only have 1 note, or one sound at a time. So, you need to prioritize your audio real estate in that frequency range.

1 - low cut filter on every track as high as possible. This will work wonders in cleaning up your mix.

- if your kick doesn’t have much low end, sample replace and eq in the low end.

- compressor to duck the bass line for the kick hits, but not too much

- bass up kick down, bass down kick up, or somewhere in between

Let’s also take a look at the waves Rbass plugin.