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Old 4th March 2007
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Originally Posted by FFTT View Post
Hi Kevin,

It's an honor to have you here and your time is greatly appreciated.

I'd be interested in your advice on a few tricks in balancing the bass and the kick drum so they work together to drive the song without pushing smaller speakers too hard.

I'm a huge Peter Gabriel fan and have always admired Tony's ability to get that perfect bass part and tone.

I'm not sure if you've had the opportunity to work with Tony or not, but I consider him to be one of the masters.

The trouble is attempting to re-create that quality on a poor man's home studio budget.

My '64 Jazz Bass is definitely a recording sweetheart, but I always wonder if there's
a better way to bring out the best.

The only reference I have to the different tones and mixes I was getting
is my old Tascam demo.

It was a bear trying to cram all of this into 8 track cassette.

I'm just now in the process of replacing gear and would appreciate your advice on a good 2 channel signal chain for someone on a budget.

One trick would be to remove everything below 40 HZ, so that the little speakers are trying to reproduce all that low energy. If the bass and kick parts are really locked together , then you can also put both signals through a stereo compressor , making either of them the key to the compression , perhaps even using it as limiter instead so that you derive a consistent output.

Yes I have worked with Tony on Peter Gabriel recordings, plus I have used him as a session player on some projects that I have produced and i mixed a solo record of his " Pieces of the Sun" i believe.

I am not following the reference to the Tascam. Are you trying to emulate the bass tone from your 64 bass that is on those demo's?

Can you define your budget for the gear you seek... everybodies opinion of operationg within a budget is so unique !