I talked about this a little last week, but I want to elaborate a bit more.
I’ve been going through a bit of a bass revolution the last few months.
(Hey, that’s a great name for a website. Watch out, Cochrane, I’m comin’ atcha with the all new Bass Revolution website…haha.)
Anyway, I’m noticing a major difference between my mixes from a few years ago and the mixes I’m doing now, especially the mixes for my album that just came out .
The bass on the old mixes is there, but it’s not THERE, y’know? The mixes don’t sound thin, but they don’t sound big, huge, and punchy. There are a lot of contributing factors, and you can’t REALLY pinpoint the difference on one single element, but I do think the way I handle bass guitar played a huge role in the difference.
It’s all a mindset thing.
I tend to think of kick drum as the primary bass instrument. Then the bass guitar sits in there, bringing SOME low end, but not taking over the kick drums job of bringing the thump.
Then I slowly started to notice things as I listened to more and more music.
I realized that in my favorite mixes the bass guitar is JUST as responsible for the low end punch as the kick drum. In fact, it seems like so much emphasis is placed on the bass guitar, that it puts less pressure on the kick to carry the low end of the mix.
This may seem obvious to you, but for me it was a pretty awesome discovery.
It changes how I mix bass, from setting the level to how I EQ and compress it.
Suddenly kick and bass are playing together nicely, rather than me trying to force the kick to dominate.
In light of that, I started a series on mixing bass for my VIP members to help teach some of this.
The first video is already posted, and the rest of the videos will be posted over the next couple of Fridays.
Wanna join us?