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Old 18th June 2008
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when mixing bass just be careful not start over EQing with digital processors. Use shelfs and broad swaths to shape bass, if you want it round and warm. In an untreated or undertreated room, you will have nulls and spikes in the bass. don't eq your bass instrument to compensate!!! If a particular note "booms" out at you, or another one just "disappears" your best bet is to leave it alone, because it's your room that is lying to you, and the recorded part is probably fine (unless you tracked it in that same room!). This goes double, triple when using sampled bass sounds, or analog synth bass. Use your ears for tone, but when judging volume, take a peak at your meters. Even though you hear some notes louder than others, this might just be resonance in the room. Of course, if you have a nicely tuned room, ears are all you need!

Use compression to even out bass playing, if needed, and then broad EQs to get it bassy or airy. If you want slap or fret noise, than a sharper Q can be used...just find where it sits and boost.

oh one other thing: a mastering engineer can really help you out here. send them a mix with a nicely balanced sounding bass part, and plenty of headroom. Tell them you want the bass to be "large and in charge" (well don't put it that way, theyll probably roll their eyes at you, but you get the idea) you'd be amazed at what skilled ME's can do.