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Does anyone mix w/ parallel compression on Bass?
Old 3rd June 2006
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Does anyone mix w/ parallel compression on Bass?

Curious if ya ever hit it hard with your compressor of choice, then mix in the orignal signal on another channel?

Won't stop me from trying, just curious if anyone else does this? If so, anything to watch out for? Good idea? Bad idea?

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Old 3rd June 2006
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Sure, I'll someimes use something like an L1/2 or the such for parr comp on the bass. I usually make it so the bass never changes in level. It works great sometimes, other times it sounds really bad.
Old 3rd June 2006
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Curious if ya ever hit it hard with your compressor of choice, then mix in the orignal signal on another channel?
Yes.

Actually double sometimes triple parallel compress.


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Won't stop me from trying, just curious if anyone else does this? If so, anything to watch out for?

Nothing to watch out for except that too big of a bass and kick will eat all your mix headroom(usually my personal trouble spot).


As always let your ears(and in this case also your eyes) be your guide.



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Good idea?

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Old 3rd June 2006
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I'm using a Tube Tech SMC2B as a bass parallel comp. It is especially effective for stand up bass.
Old 3rd June 2006
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No..never! Don't ever do this...it will ruin your bass tracks forever.







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Splitting the bass into two sounds works well. One for bottom, one for mids/growl and keep both elements focused. Daking for bottom (i'm sure a neve comp would be great too), 1176, distressor or 160 for mids. I've never had much luck with opto comps on bass but I don't have an LA2A.
Old 3rd June 2006
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I often do that.

The original bass compressed with less effect as possible,
usualy with an LA2A or the Atomic Squeeze Box, and than a mult with
either a Distressor /w brit mode or an 1176 squeezed so that you get
an constant, smooth and long sustain, mixed back underneath.

That's my usual starting point, gear could vary also, depending of the recording.


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