Originally Posted by chris carter
Try mixing bass last and I suspect you won't need to make that cut in mastering. This doesn't mean never listen to the bass. You can pop it on and off as you are working because you need to always have context. But largely keep it off when mixing everything else and then bring it in full-time as the last element. Let me know how it goes
I used to do it like that on just about every beat. I could never hang with the big boys like that. :(
The Southern hiphop I typically make these days demands a different style of mixing to stay competitive in loudness while at the same time ignoring some of the so called arrangement limitations that people in this thread keep bringing up.
After years of frustration, I realized that not everything can be done in the mix before mastering. I think many folks don't realize the influence that mastering stage now has over hiphop & its subgenres.
But with that said, I've found side-chaining and automation in the mix has made it possible for me to finish beats today that I would have had to either "dumbed" down by changing the arrangement or just completely trashed in the past.