Let’s assume you’ve got a killer song with killer tracks.

You’ve started the mix, and the drums are sounding punchy and awesome. The guitars are huge, but the bass is lacking. 

Stop right there.

Open up the EQ on the bass track.

What does it look like?

Does it have a bunch of big ol’ cuts and boosts all over the place?

Does the EQ curve look like a psychotic sine wave?

If so, chances are you’re moving in the wrong direction.

Wanna know the solution to your problem?


If you spent the right amount of time setting levels, you wouldn’t need to resort to crazy ninja EQ curves. (Again, assuming the part was recorded well.)

That’s the red flag for me, and it should be for you too.

If you find yourself really wrestling with EQ-ing a track, something else is wrong.

And with bass, that “something else” is usually level.

I talked about this last week with my VIP members. This week, I just posted a video where I’ll show you how to EQ the bass AFTER you’ve set the level properly.

The two go hand in hand, and I’ll show you how I like to handle it.

You can join here to check out the videos:


Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. There’s no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to these things. Do what sounds best. But from my experience, I’ve found that if I’m doing really drastic EQ moves, something else is wrong. Hope that helps!