3 Tips For Achieving a Great Bass Guitar Sound in Your Mix

mixing May 26, 2023

Struggling to get that perfect, consistent bass sound in your mixes? Don't worry, it's a common issue that we've all faced at one point or another. But the good news is that there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help achieve that solid, cutting bass sound that will sit perfectly in your tracks.

Here are three tips that I've picked up along the way:

  1. Add a Touch of Distortion or Chorus - If you're recording bass straight into an interface, or using a clean amp tone, try adding a small amount of distortion or chorus to help the bass pop. Just keep it subtle - a little goes a long way. Too much distortion or chorus can make the bass sound overly boomy or wobbly.

  2. Play with the Attack Settings on the Compressor - Compressing bass heavily can help achieve a consistent performance, but it can also bring out unwanted frequencies and muddy up the mix. Playing with the attack settings can help combat this issue. If the bass lacks punch, try a slower attack to allow the transient...

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Setting Up Your Mix For Success

mixing May 05, 2023

Greetings to all audio engineers out there! I hope you're enjoying our ongoing discussion on how to set up a professional home recording studio. Today, we're taking a quick break from that topic to answer a question we received about mixing, which is perfect for beginners.

The question was, "How do I start my mix? What should I do first? Do you have a standard process before processing individual tracks?" Well, fear not, as I have a five-step process that I use to start every mix, which I'll share with you now.

First, I create a new project in my DAW and open my empty mix template. This template has 24 mono and six stereo audio tracks, each with a channel-strip plugin inserted, a master fader track with a mix bus compressor and tape saturation inserted, two effect send tracks (one for reverb and one for delay), and four group bus tracks (one for drums, guitars, vocals, etc.). I've color-coded the tracks by group to make them easier to find, and I suggest creating a blank mix...

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Mixing in Mono....What's the Point?

mixing Apr 28, 2023

As a seasoned audio engineer, I've noticed a common issue with many of my students' mixes - they often sound muddled in the low/low mid-range. It got me thinking, have they checked their mixes in mono before making the final print?

Now, I know most of us love to mix in stereo, and it's easy to get carried away with panning instruments hard left and right, leaving the bass guitars and kick drum in the center. But when you fold everything to mono, you'll notice a low-end buildup that can make the entire mix sound muddy and boomy.

Why does this happen, you ask? Well, those guitars and other instruments panned to the sides contain some low-end frequencies that even a high-pass filter can miss, and when all the sound sources meet in the center, those low-end frequencies become too much, and "here comes the mud."

So, here's a tip - try EQ-ing your bass and guitars to sound good together in mono before switching back to stereo. You'll be amazed at how much better and less muddy your mix...

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6 Things Improve Your Mixes That Wont Cost You a Dime PT 2

mixing Apr 07, 2023

Hey there, let's dive into Part 2 of last week's amazing blog post!

If you want to make your music sound like a pro without breaking the bank, then these next three tips are for you!

Tip number 4: Mix at a low volume. Yes, you read that right, the secret to making your tracks sound BIG and FULL is by mixing at a low volume. I know, it might sound counterintuitive, but trust me, it works! Not only will it save your ears, but it will also allow you to mix for longer periods of time. And don't worry, you can always do a quick check at a louder volume, but for the most part, keep it low. How low? Well, if you and I were in the same room, we should be able to have a conversation without struggling to hear each other. It should sound like background music. Try it out and see for yourself!

Tip number 5: Take breaks! I know, you're eager to finish your masterpiece, but taking short breaks every 30-40 minutes can make a huge difference. Use this time to reset your ears, grab a drink, or even...

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6 Things To Improve Your Mixes & It Won't Cost You a Dime PT 1

mixing Mar 24, 2023

Hello to all my fellow audio engineers!

I'm here to share some tips that can instantly improve your mixes, and the best part is that it won't cost you a penny! These concepts have worked for many mix engineers for decades, and I started seeing major improvements to my final mixes when I started using them.

So let's dive into the tips:

  1. Pick the section of the song that has the most impact to mix first. This could be the final chorus or the bridge section. You want to find a section where all the instruments are playing and it has the most going on. The concept is to make this particular section, the climax of the song sound as BIG as possible. If you mix this section first and make it "slammin", then everything else will fall nicely underneath. Mixing the verse first and making it sound amazing will push everything to the limit, leaving you with nowhere to go from there. In other words, you don’t want the verses of the track to sound “BIGGER” than the chorus...

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