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Some bass notes too loud, how to fix?

Discussion in 'Bass' started by EricIndecisive, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Is this all in EQ? For example, the open Low E, as well as many other notes are dwarfed in comparison to the 4th and 5th frets on the Low E. These ones rock the subwoofer and then makes the other notes seem puny. Is there any remedy for this? Thanks.
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Most people start with compression, if it is really extreme you use volume automation in passages or you can isolate individual notes that are spiking and lower their gain.


    Quite a few things to check.

    The first thing i would advise would be to listen to your track, with all bass
    EQ and Compression bypassed on a few other systems.

    Is the bass still booming those particular notes?

    It may be that your room has a peaking node that makes those particular notes sound loud.

    If you have made certain it is the recording there are a few things that can be done.

    Try a surgical EQ in conjunction with a spectrum analysis plugin to balance just the offending frequencies.

    Bass can also take quite drastic compression. Spank it 12db or so with an 1176.

    Hope this helps

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  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Is this electric guitar or acoustic? If it's acoustic, move the mic.

    If it's electric and you're micing a cab, move the mic. If it's still an issue, try and isolate the cab and move the mic.

    Always start at the source then move on from there. If it sounds like crap to begin with, eq and compression can only do so much.
  5. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    If it's not the room, etc., and it's always the same 1 or 2 notes then very precise EQ works well. Here's Bob Katz demonstrating the technique:

  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely try more compression first. I'm pretty sure it's not the room. And hueseph, it's a bass guitar, my bad for not clarifying.

    apstrong - cool video, i will look up that chart! though it looks like he might still be using windows 95 :D
  7. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    Here it is on a piano:


    Here's an interactive one:


    And there's this:


    Here's software to do it if you're lazy:


    Found all this while looking for the classic Carnegie chart, which appears only available on Katz' website for purchase. So it goes.
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    The interactive chart is pretty cool.
  9. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    And finally, here's the Carnegie Chart. Wish it was bigger.

  10. Skittles

    Skittles Guest

    I agree with GREATMUSIC I'm a bass player and record myself quite a bit and i find using a compressor and EQ'ing the particular Freq get's rid of that.

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