Last week I posted a video called Parallel Processing – Drums. In that video, we looked at how to use parallel processing and compression to get a huge drum sound.

In today’s video, we take a look at a cool technique for processing a bass track.

  • Steve-a-reeno

    I liked it more without the distortion…

  • Freddy Bello

    Very Nice the overal FX, I like the how the Bass Guitar stand out with this.

    I’ve question: Do you have any plan to do a Mix using Latin Percusion? Have you a demo using EZDrummer maybe?

    Thanks in Advanced and Now I’m inspiring on get into my Home Studio again… To finish what I’ve started 😉

  • Midus

    I use parallel processing on lead vocals and it gives the overall lead more of a presence… I usually turn the dup down and blend it in so the vocal doesn’t over power the mix.

  • Just got around to watching this. Around the 7 minute mark you say that adding distortion to the original track will thin out the tone. I hadn’t thought about that before, but it’s absolutely true. Paralleling the bass will definitely help out my mixes. Thanks!

  • Victor

    Love these videos, man. Keep ’em coming.

    How about doing a series on song creation? Starting from a pretty early part of the writing process and going through laying out the whole thing? May be a bit ambitious, but would be cool to watch it all come together.

    Great track as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Another good demo. You mention not using parallel processing for vocals much but I find parallel compression very handy to deal with singers that swallow words or where the vocal keeps sinking into the backing but I don’t want the vocal too far out front.

    • Thanks Mike! I’ll have to do some experimenting with parallel compression on vocals. Seems like it might be even more effective on vocals than on drums…and vocals are kinda important. 🙂 We’ll see what happens.

      • LOL! Great vid. I use parallel processing on vocals. Especially a little bit of distortion in parallel can smooth out shrill or extra dry sounds in a voice much like a guitar amp, but its important to maintain some of the clean voice to keep the performance clear. Also, a chorus effect or a fast delay with some modulation can do well in parallel, it keeps the singer from sounding like a robot but it makes the vocals sound bigger. The distortion can help empasize harmonics if its a good distortion model.

    • Great idea, Mike. I’ll see how I can flesh that out.

      • Forgot to mention that parallel compression can also make a wavery singer sound more confident.