Here Is What Is - Low End - Bass GTR
Old 18th March 2008
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Here Is What Is - Low End - Bass GTR

Daniel -
First, my favorite new album is your latest, Here Is What Is.
The entire album, front to back is extremely compelling.
Anyway, I really love the title track. Could you please help us understand how you get the "low end right" in your mixes on songs like this, particularly with the bass guitar, which is amazingly full and sub-sonic, without being overbearing .
Thanks so much for taking the time to help us out.
Best regards... Bill
Old 20th March 2008
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I played the bass part. Because I'm connected to the chord sequence and know where the vocal accents happen I play the bass with that in mind. You'll notice that the bass flourishes with it's little signature between the lyric lines. Therefore it is not competing with the singing. As a rule I use the jamaican technique. Turn up the preamp as loud as you can, roll off the treble on the instrument and play lightly with your right hand. In this case Adam Samuels did the recording and mix. It was a Hofner Beatle bass into an API 512 and an 1176 blackface.
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