Bass tracks come in all shapes and sizes.

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to mixing bass, but there are a few common themes I come back to time and time again when mixing bass.

Here are 3 of ‘em:

Tip #1 – Go easy on the midrange.

A bass-player friend of mine once posted on Facebook something like this: “Sound guy, please don’t take away all my midrange.”

Yes, bass can get muddy at times, but if you get all “cut-happy” around 150 Hz, you just might suck all the tone out of the bass track.

See, that low-midrange is where a lot of the bass tone lives. If you go in there with a wide 10 dB cut, you might be shooting yourself in the proverbial foot.

Tip #2 – Boost around 1-3kHz for clarity

If you can’t really hear the finger/pick noise in the mix, and you want to, try boosting around 1-3 kHz.

Conversely, if there’s TOO much finger noise on the track (which happens from time to time), a cut here can fix that problem pretty quickly.

Tip #3 – Boost the low lows as needed

If the bass is feeling a bit muddy, but isn’t as full as you’d like, rather than cutting all the midrange (see Tip #1), try boosting the deep bass frequencies.

I like to start with a boost at 50 Hz. More often than not, it brings up the “fullness” of the bass track, without impacting tone.

(Plus it sounds awesome when done right.)

So there you go, 3 bass EQ tips.

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