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Old 23rd July 2019
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The whole thump vs. cut thing with upright is so hard to get right. With electric, you can always do a parallel saturation track to sneak in some of those high harmonics that let you hear the notes on small speakers, but with upright that fakeness is easier to detect. And if you try to solve it with EQ only, any slop in the playing, both finger noise and intonation, jumps right out. The one thing I do find to help is to automate and ride the bass like a madman -- sometimes, every note in the range of the instrument has its own spot on the fader. Makes no sense, but it just is.