This one might spark a little controversy.
But for the few brave souls who will actually TRY it, I think you’ll be quite surprised.
We all know that one of the hardest parts of a mix is getting the low end to sound right, particularly the kick drum and bass. It seems like you’re always walking the fine line between too much bass and not enough bass.
What you may not realize is this: by removing some bass frequencies from your bass instruments, those instruments will actually sound lower and tighter.
It sounds backwards, I know, but I do this all the time.
Just last week I was mixing a song, and the bass guitar sounded absolutely HUGE…too huge. It was a 5-string bass, and he was pounding on that low B string quite a bit. We got great tone out of the bass, but there was just too much bottom end in the mix.
So I rolled off everything below 74 Hz with a high-pass filter.
Big, huge bass with none of that sub-bass rumble that was making things sound tubby and indistinct.
Is the mix thin now? Not at all. It’s so much bigger than it was before I did this one little tweak.
Same thing works for kick drum, too.
I know what you’re thinking, “But Joe!! I read in a book somewhere that 60-80 Hz is a crucial frequency range for getting a good mix. There’s no way you can get a good bass mix by rolling off that much low end.”
Here’s my response: It just works.
Rather than getting hung up on the theory of mixing and audio, just TRY stuff. You’ll never know what you’ll discover.
I’ve discovered tons of little “tricks” like this over the years, and I’ve compiled them into my Understanding EQ videos.
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