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18th January 2013
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Mixing filtered basslines on hip hop tracks

When I filter my basslines and try to mix them, they always sound muddy, especially when I try to sit it n the mix with my kicks. Any advice? Should I eq and compress the bassline first then filter it or vice versa?
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18th January 2013
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How are you filtering them? If your running them through a low pass filter, they're going to sound somewhat muffled...
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How are you filtering them? If your running them through a low pass filter, they're going to sound somewhat muffled...
Yeah, I'm running them through a lpf. Is there another way to do it?
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Find the fundamental frequency of the kick. I personally like my kicks to thump between 80-100hz but I rarely mix beats/hip hop so you may feel differently. Anyway, once you find the fundamental of the kick, where it really, really thumps, cut a narrow band at that frequency out of the bassline.

Alternately, sidechain the bass to the kick, but I've never actually had this work in a way that I like.
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When I filter my basslines and try to mix them, they always sound muddy, especially when I try to sit it n the mix with my kicks. Any advice? Should I eq and compress the bassline first then filter it or vice versa?
Bass always needs work. It depends heavily. What kind of sound are you using, a synth (if yes, what type of a waveform) or a bass sample library / a real bass, or are you filtering down a chopped sample? And what are you going for, is the bass supposed to carry the rest of the beat like an "invisible" foundation which one would only miss if it wasn't there, or is the bass right at the center of attention like "boom, check out that bass line". Questionsssss...
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Bass always needs work. It depends heavily. What kind of sound are you using, a synth (if yes, what type of a waveform) or a bass sample library / a real bass, or are you filtering down a chopped sample? And what are you going for, is the bass supposed to carry the rest of the beat like an "invisible" foundation which one would only miss if it wasn't there, or is the bass right at the center of attention like "boom, check out that bass line". Questionsssss...
Filtering down a chopped sample and I want it to blend in with the rest of the rest of the beat but stand out a little bit
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Kinda old thread, but here goes:

1. In all likelihood, this is way more about transients and balances than about eq and frequencies

2. In all likelihood, it's hard (or impossible) for you to hear that because of the acoustics of your room

3. I will gladly sell you one of the fattest compressors known to man that makes bass sit much more easily in a mix and be more audible with less level, BUT

4. you shouldn't buy any such device until you fix #2 and can hear #1


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